Free Sidebar Gadgets for Windows 10/8.1/7 Desktop



Windows 10 Gadgets Frequently Asked Questions

Question Aren't gadgets unsafe? After all, Microsoft removed them for a reason?

Answer Gadgets can contain viruses like any other software. Despite the warning when installing a gadget people seemed to think that it is safe to run any gadget (e.g. like it is to view a website). That is not the case. Opening a gadget is as dangerous as it is to run an .exe file. But this is not a security hole. If an attacker wanted to access your computer, he'd need to convince you to open his prepared .gadget file. As long as you trust the source of the gadgets you install and you use anti-virus software you should be safe.

Question Since the 1709 version of Windows 10, the read and write data counters (with small arrows) do not get back to zero between two windows sessions. What can I change to impose a reset for these totalisers?

Answer Windows 10 starts by default on HiberBoot (FastStart) and the HDD counter don’t back to zero. For reset the values you must do a restart but not stop and start.

Question After update video driver GPU Monitor show "Library error!" message and doesn't work.

Answer Now we know two solution to this issue:
Solution 1:
Try reinstall sidebar program. It will help in most cases.
Solution 2 (thanks to Martin Ruppe):
1. Removing the Siedebar.exe shortcut from the Windows Autostart.
2. Made a new task in the scheduler: starting sidebar.exe with user logon and a delay of 30 seconds.

Question System Monitor II shows "Load library error" message even I run CoreTemp.

Answer You must install .NET Framework 3.5 for fix this issue.

Question Gadgets not displaying correctly.

Answer Automatically Using a BAT File Download
  1. Download Reset_Gadgets.bat file here.
  2. Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop.
  3. Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator.
  4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.
  5. You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs.
  6. When finished, restart the computer to apply.

Question Some gadgets are giving me a weird screen.

Answer It is happened time to time and I don't know why. I think it is connected with some wrong with read settings files but it is my opinion only. Solution is very simple. Go to settings end enter to tab with green arrow Then press "Restore factory default settings" button. Press OK button.

Question Why System Monitor II show my CPU speed not correct in Turbo mode? Other utility like CPUID show it correctly.

Answer As you may know gadgets are HTML+JavaScript only. They can limited access to other Windows components. System Monitor II can get information that provides by Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) only. For any unknown for me reason WMI can't provide right information about CPU clock in Turbo mode. It mean my gadget can show only this wrong information. Unfortunately I can not fix this issue. Sorry for inconvenience.
You can use follow method for fix this. Run the CoreTemp application in background. Go to #4 settings tab and check "Allow getting CPUID and clock from CoreTemp" box. Press OK button.

Question Some gadgets (e.g. Drives Monitor) is consuming 15-20% CPU time on my Win7. Have tracked it down WMI querys via WmiPrvSE.exe.

Answer It maybe connected with wrong WMI database. Try to rebuild it. Do follow:
1. Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. At the command prompt, type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER.
4. If you use x64 Windows after that type cd .. ENTER then cd SysWOW64 ENTER then type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER again.

Question I see "No WMI info" string in Drives Monitor. What wrong?

Answer If you see error message: "No WMI info" it mean that base performance counters on your system corrupted for any reason. For fix this do follow:
Solution 1:
1. Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. At the command prompt, type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER.
4. If you use x64 Windows after that type cd .. ENTER then cd SysWOW64 ENTER then type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER again.

Solution 2:
These counters can be disabled in the registry. Just set
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Perfdisk\Performance\Disable Performance Counters to 0 and reboot.

Some details see Broken WMI and Disabled performance counters using Exctrlst.exe

Question I see "no connected device" message in Network Monitor II interface for monitoring. Why and how I can fix this?

Answer Most likely the performance counters are turned off. There are a few ways to turn these back on including the registry editor. Easiest way however is the following:
1. Download and install the following program:  Exctrlst.exe.
2. Run the program installed and it will bring up a list.
3. Search through the list looking for anything to do with the network options. The most likely one you are looking for is TCP/IP.
4. Select this up and then look at the bottom to see if it is enabled (will have a tick in the check box). If not then tick the checkbox and exit the program.
5. Shutdown and restart the computer.
Some details see Disabled performance counters using Exctrlst.exe

Question I see "A semi colon character was expected" (Error: -1072896760) string in BOINC Monitor. Why?

Answer If you see error message: "A semi colon character was expected" it connected with client_state.xml problem is that it contains non-ASCII characters (>127). Error appear when you abort some WU or BOINC detect "calculate error". I ask developer Dr. David Anderson about that. His answer: I made the fix but it won't appear until the next client release. For fix error now try go to BOINC and press Project -> Update button. Then in most cases error disappear and gadget works property. This error was fixed in BOINC version 6.12.28 or later.

Question I change gadget's size or/and other settings and after that gadgets are in size 1 and I can't change them. When I try enter right size nothing happened. Some fields in settings are blank. Can I do something?

Answer It connected with wrong Windows Sidebar's settings file (sometimes this file writes wrong). To fix this do follow:
1. Close Sidebar or restart Windows in a safe mode.
2. Go to the folder %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar
3. Delete file Settings.ini
4. Run Sidebar or restart Windows.

Question Upgrading older version of some gadgets. When I try to install, I'm asked if I want to upgrade, but new version never shows as installed. How I can upgrade my gadget with new version?

Answer It may cause with System Monitor II, Network Monitor II, Mouse Monitor, Keyboard Monitor and GPU Monitor. For fix this problem do follow:
1. Close all instances of the Gadget.
2. In Vista - Restart Windows or Kill the "sidebar.exe" process by using the Task Manager.
3. In Windows 7/8.1/10 - Right click Desktop, View, uncheck "Show Desktop Gadgets".
4. Go to %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets and delete appropriate folder, e.g. SystemMonitorII.gadget or NetworkMonitorII.gadget
5. Start Sidebar again from the Desktop context menu (right click Desktop).
6. Install new version (upgrade).

Question I want to reinstall my Windows. Where I can find gadget's settings files?

Answer Gadgets save settings into special *.ini files. Each gadget use individual ini-file. You can find this file in folder %AppData%. Files have names GadgetName_Settings.ini

Question Gadgets on a desktop assume an air of white squares and can't run WMP

Answer Just run follow .cmd file with administrator rights:
CD %programfiles%\Windows Sidebar
regsvr32 -u sbdrop.dll
regsvr32 -u wlsrvc.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll
regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
Then use regedit.exe
Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones and delete ALL keys (folders) except numerical.

Question Gadgets are not correctly represented and work, services are not represented.

Answer Just run follow .cmd file with administrator rights:
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 corpol.dll
regsvr32 dispex.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 scrobj.dll
regsvr32 vbscript.dll
regsvr32 wshext.dll
regsvr32 wshom.ocx
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 ole32.dll
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll

Question Gadgets can not connected to the internet, but internet in other applications is accessible.

Answer With IE still open, Click FILE and check that "WORK OFFLINE" does NOT have a checkmark next to it. If it does, just left click it once.

Question Network Monitor II says "firewall off" but I use external firewall and it is on. What wrong?

Answer Network Monitor II can monitor the Windows Firewall only and not any 3d party Firewall.
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