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I have been running Windows 7 for a while now, and I came across an odd problem the other day.  The gadgets that I loaded disappeared.  So I right-clicked on the desktop and selected gadgets from the menu.  Nothing happened. I could not even bring up the gadgets dialog.

I spent some time trying various things, but no luck.  Then I remembered that I had just turned off the User Account Control for an install of some development software.  This software would not install with UAC in any mode except in the Never notify setting. 

 

uac-off

 

Once I went in and switched it back to any other setting.  My gadgets reappeared.

uac-on

I found that somewhat curious behavior.

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:38 PM x64 , Windows 7 | Back to top


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This is a total necropost, and you most likely figured it out after a year, but this is for anyone else who has this problem. Chances are you clicked the show desktop button to go to desktop, that makes all your gadgets disappear, then you went into control panel and minimized it manually, which made them re-appear. UAC settings have nothing to do with gadgets. Might have been what you did, maybe not.
Left by Yo face on Jan 27, 2010 7:22 AM

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So How do I get them back on my laptop ?
Thank you,
Ken
Left by KB on Apr 30, 2010 1:08 PM

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ive recentelyodenloaded hope radio station gadget . but after installing it it made some problem.
it started nonstop singing also the gadgets disappered but even it is online. i dont know what to do!coul anyone help me in this.
Left by priya on Jan 22, 2011 11:03 AM

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It's MALWARE



When I logged onto my new HP Pavilion this morning, all of my gadgets had disappeared. This was doubly confusing since, when my wife logged onto the same computer, using her own user profile, all of her gadgets were still in place.



I spent an hour chatting online with one HP technician, and he could not figure out the problem. His advice was to do a System Restore, which was not possible since my notebook is brand new and there were no restore points.



The second technician spent another half hour with me. His advice was to do a "scannow" as Administrator, then do a Startup Repair. This did not work.



Then I scanned my notebook with a piece of software I had used before (Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware). This worked like a charm. It turns out that there was some malware on my notebook and, once I had removed these nasty, annoying files with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware software and restarted my notebok, I was able to reinstall all of my gadgets.
Left by Don Druker on Apr 28, 2011 3:58 PM

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It's MALWARE

When I logged onto my new HP Pavilion this morning, all of my gadgets had disappeared. This was doubly confusing since, when my wife logged onto the same computer, using her own user profile, all of her gadgets were still in place.



I spent an hour chatting online with one HP technician, and he could not figure out the problem. His advice was to do a System Restore, which was not possible since my notebook is brand new and there were no restore points.



The second technician spent another half hour with me. His advice was to do a "scannow" as Administrator, then do a Startup Repair. This did not work.



Then I scanned my notebook with a piece of software I had used before (Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware). This worked like a charm. It turns out that there was some malware on my notebook and, once I had removed these nasty, annoying files with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware software and restarted my notebok, I was able to reinstall all of my gadgets.
Left by Don Druker on Apr 28, 2011 3:59 PM

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