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  1. #1
    CowsGoMoo Guest

    Sidebar will not launch

    Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc it
    does nothing.

    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Chad Harris Guest

    Re: Sidebar will not launch

    Ms. or Mr. Cows--

    It's a bit interesting that you can't turn off the side bar until it loads,
    although I suppose you could regedit it not to load or take it out of a
    start folder.

    Do you have the sidebar icon in the notification area? If so right click it
    and left click properties and make sure you have a checkmark in the box
    "Start sidebar when Windows starts."

    If this does not help, I suggest using system restore (try several
    appropriate points or Win RE's Startup Repair--or system restore from
    startup repair which sometimes works when the system restore at the F8
    Windows Advanced Options menu does not).

    You run the startup repair tool this way:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925810/en-us

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm

    Note The computer must be configured to start from a CD or from a DVD. For
    information about how to configure the computer to start from a CD or from a
    DVD, see the information that came with the computer.
    2. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to
    the Lock button, and then click Restart.

    This usually means that you enter bios setup by whatever key or keys
    (sometimes there is more than one key that will do it for your model--go to
    pc manufacturer site) and configure CD to be first in the boot order.

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Note If you cannot restart the computer by using this method, use the power
    button to turn off the computer. Then, turn the computer back on.
    3. Set your language preference, and then click Next.

    Note In most cases, the startup repair process starts automatically, and you
    do not have the option to select it in the System Recovery Options menu.
    4. Click Repair your computer.
    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click the operating system
    that you want to repair, and then click Next.
    6. In the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair to start the
    repair process.
    7. When the repair process is complete, click Finish.

    Additional References for Startup Repair With Screenshots:

    How to Use Startup Repair:

    ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***

    1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)

    2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***

    Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)
    http://blogs.itecn.net/photos/liuhui...4/500x375.aspx

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"
    http://www.leedesmond.com/images/img...SysRecOpt2.bmp

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreins...rtup/index.htm

    3) Select your OS for repair.

    4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    theWin RE feature:

    You'll have a choice there of using:

    1) Startup Repair
    2) System Restore
    3) Complete PC Restore

    Good luck,

    CH





    "CowsGoMoo" <CowsGoMoo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B70C24D5-3703-4A79-B8D1-DAAC38ADFAEC@microsoft.com...
    > Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc
    > it
    > does nothing.
    >
    > Any suggestions?



  3. #3
    Randy Guest

    Re: Sidebar will not launch

    Curiously, sidebar wouldn't run for me either. But after typing "sidebar"
    minus quotes in START>RUN, it's been working since.


    "CowsGoMoo" <CowsGoMoo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B70C24D5-3703-4A79-B8D1-DAAC38ADFAEC@microsoft.com...
    > Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc
    > it
    > does nothing.
    >
    > Any suggestions?



  4. #4
    Lang Murphy Guest

    Re: Sidebar will not launch

    Do you have gadgets detached from sidebar? I have 3 gadgets detached from
    sidebar and if I double click on the sidebar icon in the task tray, nothing
    happens. I have to right click on the SB icon and select the Open menu
    choice.

    Oh, yeah... FrogsLegsBend.

    Lang

    "CowsGoMoo" <CowsGoMoo@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:B70C24D5-3703-4A79-B8D1-DAAC38ADFAEC@microsoft.com...
    > Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc
    > it
    > does nothing.
    >
    > Any suggestions?



  5. #5
    Pedro Gil Guest

    Re: Sidebar will not launch

    Hi,

    I have installed and running fine a Vista Ultimate ed. in my laptop.
    Everything was working fine for me ( well everything but the UAC to be
    honest.. :-) ), bbutt one day, without apparently reason, my sidebar
    disspaeared of my desktop. I Have tried everything, running from command
    line, running from start menu, my sidebar is not hided in my task bar..., i
    have tried to enable sidebar to open at windows start but didn´t worked
    too.... i think that i have tried almost everything that i could do, but
    unfortunately everything seems to be unusefull :( any idea about this
    issue??

    Any comment will help.

  6. #6
    Perhar Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    I have the exact same problem. It worked fine for about 2 weeks. Then all of
    sudden it just died. I have tried everything but have been unsuccessful in
    reviving the sidebar.

  7. #7
    theshepherds Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Same problem here.... Judging by the results of the System Process monitor
    from MS / Sysinternals it looks like something to do with registration, maybe
    feature enablement... ALso, the ownership of the files in my case has been
    set to 'TrustedInstaller' which doesn't quite seem right. Although changing
    perms and ownership has had no effect...




    "CowsGoMoo" wrote:

    > Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc it
    > does nothing.
    >
    > Any suggestions?


  8. #8
    theshepherds Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Registry access fails for HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\App
    Management , does anyone with a working copy have any keys/values for this ??

    "CowsGoMoo" wrote:

    > Sidebar does not start with Windows. When I double click on the icon etc it
    > does nothing.
    >
    > Any suggestions?


  9. #9
    SStarman Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    I've also had this problem for the last few weeks, though happily I fixed it
    today.

    This was in part with a call with MS support, and in part watching what
    sidebar.exe was doing with Procmon. I'm not certain that my reasoning is
    correct below, but you may get some mileage from it.

    I suspect that an application had installed a duff copy of atl.dll (in my
    case I think it was from HP's IPaq Choice Points program - as procmon showed
    a reference to an HP directory when sidebar tried to start up).

    I uninstalled the HP program to be sure. In the same way you may wish to
    search your machine to see if you have multiple copies of atl.dll before
    starting.

    Upon the advice of MS support, I unregistered a couple of sidebar DLLs. This
    took me a little while as I didn't realise the DLL's are in Program
    Files\Windows Sidebar directory (windows search never found them for me,
    which is a touch annoying). Anyway to do this bit:

    1. Start an elevated privileges command prompt
    2. cd "\Program Files\Windows Sidebar"
    3. regsvr32 -u sbdrop.dll
    4. regsvr32 -u wlsrvc.dll


    I then tried to re-register them, but it wouldn't work - I just got an error
    message. After some hunting around, I decided to first register (re-register
    ?) ati.dll. I didn't try to unregister it first, and as I definitely only
    had one ati.dll now, I didn't have to go looking for it to check I had the
    right one - but you might have to. I don't know what will happen in you
    unregister ati.dll so be warned.

    So the next bit as I did it is:

    1. From the same elevated command prompt (still in the C:\Program
    Files\Windows Sidebar) directory
    2. regsvr32 ati.dll
    3. regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
    4. regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll

    With the ati.dll done first, the Sidebar DLLs registered fine. Then I tried
    to start sidebar.exe again and it came up fine.

    I had over previous weeks deleted all the sidebar settings and such like in
    an attempt to get it working, so I guess that might still be necessary as
    well - but my feeling is that it's really to do with the dll's above and the
    settings removal isn't important.

    Hope it works out for you, because this was annoying the heck out of me for
    weeks.

    Craig.

  10. #10
    SStarman Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Oops, I typed in ati.dll, it should be ATL.DLL

  11. #11
    mbobh767 Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    SStarman,
    I am not a computer wiz - I know how to open the command promt, yet I am
    clueless after this point. I am having issues with my sidebar and would like
    to attempt to fix it by what seemed to work for you, could you please
    instruct me step by step? I tried typing in "program files\windows sidebar"
    after the C:\ promt, yet it kept saying that "program" is not recognized as
    an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. I dont know
    what I am doing wrong, and am unsure how to proceed. Thanks.

  12. #12
    SStarman Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Hi Paul/mbobh767,


    Here's the short version for fixing sidebar startup, though do please bear
    in mind your problem may not be the same as the one I had. Even though this
    shouldn't do anything bad, make sure (as always) that your data is backed up
    first.

    Before we start, check that it's not some real simple issue. Go to the
    Start Menu, click 'Run', enter 'sidebar' (don't type the quotes). We'll
    assume that sidebar didn't just start, and so we'll continue with the dll fix
    with the next four steps:


    1. To start an 'elevated' command prompt (not just a normal command prompt):


    - Go to 'Start Menu', 'All Programs', 'Accessories', right-click 'Command
    Prompt' and on the submenu, select 'Run as administrator'

    You'll get a pop-up window or two asking if you're happy to do this, confirm
    them.

    (When the command prompt does appear, check in the title bar that it says
    "Administrator: Elevated Command Prompt")


    2. In the command prompt, type:


    cd "\Program Files\Windows Sidebar"



    (you need to enter the quotes, make sure you use the double-quote ")


    Your command prompt should now say, "C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar>"


    3. Type in the following, pressing enter after each one:

    regsvr32 -u ATL.DLL
    regsvr32 -u sbdrop.dll
    regsvr32 -u wlsrvc.dll

    regsvr32 ATL.DLL
    regsvr32 sbdrop.dll
    regsvr32 wlsrvc.dll


    (you may get an error after regsvr32 -u ATL.DLL, just keep going with the
    next ones anyway)


    4. Try running sidebar again, if you had the same problem as I did, then
    hopefully it will come up!



    If you have trouble with this, let me know what messages you're getting.

  13. #13
    BenMorgan Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Hi mbobh767,

    I'm not 100% certain that this has not been resolved already therefore i
    will tell you anyway just to make sure.

    The problem you are experiencing is due to the fact that your are typing the
    command:

    "program files\windows sidebar"

    this is easily rectified as the command prompt will look at the first word
    as an operator. Therefore what you actually need to type is:

    "cd program files\windows sidebar"

    Before you type anything into the command prompt however, you must first
    make sure that it says "C:\"

    If there is anything else after this then you will need to use the command:

    "Cd .."

    this command will bring you back up one level, keep going until it just says
    "C:\"

    after which the "cd program files\windows sidebar" command will work as
    expected :)

    Hope this helps

    Ben

  14. #14
    Chaz1970 Guest

    RE: Sidebar will not launch

    Thank you for all the help! My sidebar went dead and I was at a loss to
    explain it. Seems somehow my ATL.DLL was removed from C:\Program
    Files\Windows Sidebar. I copied the ATL.DLL from C:\Windows\System32 and
    followed your instructions and it worked perfectly! Thanks again!
    Chaz

  15. #15
    Denise Guest

    Re: Sidebar will not launch

    hi there.. i did what u wrote but my title bar stated 'administrator: command
    prompt' without the elevated. and i tried the stuffs that you told to key in
    but it says ' "\Program Files\WindowsSidebar" is not recognised as an
    internal or external command, operable program or batch file', what do i do?

    My windows sidebar has been working well but after i exited the application
    few days ago, now i just can't open the program, just like what many others
    have mentioned.
    Please help! Appreciate your help very much!

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