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Closing Windows Gadget causes windows to freeze

Problem Description:

Removing a gadget from the windows sidebar causes Windows to lock up.

You may also find that sidebar is taking up a high amount of processing time.



Cause of the Problem:

There are too many gadgets on the side bar. Sometimes hundreds of gadgets are placed on the sidebar and not all of them are visible.

When you go to remove the gadget all of them have to be refreshed and moved one by one, resulting in the system taking up 100% CPU time.



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Resolution/Fix:

Close windows sidebar, and then remove the gadgets manually by editing the settings file located at:

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Settings.ini.

 We have yet to test the concept of simply deleting the settings.ini will cause it to be regenerated. As a result make a backup of the file before making any changes to it.





Related Programs and Devices:
Windows Vista , Sidebar

Last Updated: 06/18/2008 11:14 PM

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