Calendar Gadget in Windows Sidebar Is Blank With Orange Background

The Calendar gadget in the Windows Sidebar may display blank content, showing only the plain orange background. Also, the Stocks Gadget may not show up when you add it to the Sidebar. This problem is usually caused by a missing scripting run-time registration.

Registering VBScript.DLL

Registering the vbscript.dll file from an admin Command Prompt fixes the problem. Follow these steps:

1. Open an Admin Command Prompt window. To do so, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.

2. Type the following command and press ENTER:

regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll

You should see the following message after running the command:

DllRegisterServer in vbscript.dll succeeded.

3. Restart Windows and see if the Calendar and Stocks Gadgets render correctly.

That doesn’t help? Fix the Zones Registry Key

Of late, we’ve seen several cases where an additional IE Security Zone registry key causing this problem. The additional security zone may have been added by a Malware, could appear as a pseudo-graphic number listed before zone number 0. The fix listed below is the same as the one documented in post Gadgets are Not Displayed Correctly in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Run the Fix-It Solution from Microsoft

[Windows 7 Users] Download the Fix it solution by clicking the image above, and run the executable. The problem should be taken care of, automatically.

To Fix the Problem Manually

1. Click Start, type Regedit.exe and press {ENTER}

2. Navigate to the following branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Internet Settings \ Zones

3. Under the Zones key, delete the subkey shown with an ASCII character, as in the above graphic.

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

5. Logoff and login back to your account.

Still doesn’t work after trying the above steps? Drop your comment below, and let’s see if we can work on this issue further.

65 thoughts on “Calendar Gadget in Windows Sidebar Is Blank With Orange Background

  1. Yes, try all this and others method from internet but nothing help. After all, I checked C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\Calendar.Gadget\ru-RU\css\calendar.css and saw there not css syntax (body{font:10px..) but some 璠䚝扊䉫䬚, so I delete that corrupted file (must change privilegs to it in Command Line as Admin enter ‘takeown /f “C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\Calendar.Gadget\ru-RU\css\calendar.css” /r /d y’) and copy/paste same file calendar.css from downloaded Calendar.gadget (open as Zip file) from (
    And it works!

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