Restore Your Gadgets After Disabling UAC

by Eric Geier [Published on 30 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 2 May 2011]

Reactivate Windows Gadgets after turning off UAC.

If you’ve disabled User Account Control (UAC) and use Windows Gadgets, you might notice they’ve disappeared. This is to help stop any malicious unsigned gadgets since UAC isn’t active. But if you’re sure you don’t have any unsafe gadgets installed, you can reactivate Windows Gadgets by adding this Registry entry:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings

DWORD Name: AllowElevatedProcess

DWORD Value: 1

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