Q: my windows sidebar has stopped working

My windows sidebar has just suddenly stopped working a while back, but it took me some days to notice, so I dont know exactly when it stopped. I do not want to restore to a previous date as I do not know which date would be correct. The sidebar will not open at all, so I cannot uninstall any gadgets. However, I only have the default gadgets that came with my computer, I have not downloaded any new gadgets. Please help me out, as i have searched Help & Support for guidance but I could not find any information to help me out with my problem. Here is some information about my computer, I shall provide more if needed.

Sony VAIO (model : VGN-SZ5MN/B)
OS : Windows Vista Business

Processor : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5600 @1.83GHz
Memory(RAM) : 2.00 GB
System type : 32-bit Operating System




Try these to clear corruption and repair/replace damaged/missing system files.

Run DiskCleanup - Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

Start - type in Search box -  COMMAND   find at top of list -  RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

sfc /scannow

How to analyze the log file entries that the Microsoft Windows Resource Checker (SFC.exe) program
generates in Windows Vista cbs.log

Then run checkdisk - schedule it to run at next start and then Apply OK your way out then restart.

How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista


Possibly a startup program caused issue

How to Check and Change the Startup Programs in Vista

Rob - Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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