Did the Currency, Stock or the Weather Gadget got stuck and stopped updating in your Windows 7/Vista computer all of a sudden? Clearing the Sidebar Gadgets cache using the following steps might help.

Clear the Windows Sidebar Cache Folder

Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the Task Manager.

Exit Sidebar.exe process via Task Manager.

Instructions for Windows 7

1. Press WinKey+R, type the following and press ENTER:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\

2. Right-click on the "Cache" folder, click Rename.

3. Assign a new name (say Cache.old) for the folder.

4.Press WinKey+R, type the following and press ENTER:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Cache

5. Delete the folder named 53eab605-3b97-4da0-8e92-ea49d47af529

The above folder is where the Currency Gadget stores some data. Likewise, Weather gadget stores the data in a folder named 168522d5-1082-4df2-b2f6-9185c31f9472.

6. Press WinKey+R type Sidebar.exe and press ENTER.

Instructions for Windows Vista

1. Press WinKey+R, type the following and press ENTER:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\

2. To reset the cache for Currency gadget, right-click the folder "currency" and choose Delete.

3. Press WinKey+R type Sidebar.exe and press ENTER.

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  1. int1422
    said this on Wednesday, March 18th 2015 2:50 am

    The last comment is not truth,cause mine stop about three weeks ago.

  2. Baatish
    said this on Tuesday, February 17th 2015 10:22 am

    Here is a simple solution I found on http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1142347-win-7-weather-desktop-gadget.html

    Here how you fix this issue:
    Go to “C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache”, open “Config.xml” (RMB -> Edit) and save it (File -> Save) without doing any changes. After 10-20 seconds restart the gadget!

    Simple & it worked for me.

  3. said this on Tuesday, February 10th 2015 4:06 am

    Now the weather gadget no longer works. “cannot connect to service.”

  4. Noor
    said this on Monday, December 22nd 2014 1:04 pm

    after complet this setups now i am getting Cannot connect to service

  5. TJ
    said this on Saturday, November 29th 2014 9:35 pm

    Yeah, same here. I’d also suspect the same, that the currency server changed address or shut down free updating.

  6. Another Mike
    said this on Friday, November 21st 2014 5:08 pm

    Looks like currency gadget stopped receiving data from 31st 0ct. 2014. Since then, mine has been reporting the same data with no change for the last 22 days. Tried this fix and now no currency data is shown, only the message “Cannot connect to server” so it would appear that the server that was supplying the currency data has withdrawn their service. :( Time for someone to come up with new gadget or make a fix for this one to connect to another currency data supplier.

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