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    How to resolve ‘Desktop Gadgets has stopped working’ Error Message in Windows Vista or Window7

    This is a guest post by Mahender who blogs at StepsandTips. If you would like to write for NiharsWorld, check our guest posting guidelines.

    Most of the users using Windows Vista or Windows 7 must be using Windows Gadgets.

    The main reason for extensive usage of Windows Gadgets is that it provides quick and easy to access interface. Apart from Microsoft Gadgets there are thousands of third party Gadgets for Windows are available for free download and many users must be downloading and installing third party Windows Gadgets.


    Sometimes while using third party Windows Gadgets, an error message ‘Desktop Gadgets has stopped working’ might popup on your Screen or Sometimes existing Windows gadgets might also stop working.

    ‘Desktop Gadgets has stopped working’ error message

    If you encounter this problem, Just simply follow the steps explained below in detail…

    How to resolve ‘Desktop Gadgets has stopped working’ Error Message

    1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the Task Manager
    2. look for the process with sidebar.exe. Select it and click on end the process to Kill sidebar.exe.

      If you don’t have access to TaskManager or problem opening it, You can then try Killing the sidebar.exe process from Command Prompt
      Desktop Gadgets has stopped working-solution

    3. Go to the Run (Win+R) and type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar to open Windows Sidebar folder.

      Desktop Gadgets has stopped working - process

    4. There you find the file Settings.ini. Double click on the file it will opened in notepad. Go to the [Section x]. x is the number where your erroneous gadget information is available. Find out your gadget’s section and delete it. After this go to [Hashes] and delete the gadget’s entry.
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    I hope you were able to Solve Desktop Gadgets has stopped working Error Message.

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    1. ashu says:

      awesome dude it works
      nd thanks for this post

    2. LaMa says:

      thank you it WORKSS 🙂

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