Fix Currency, Stock or Weather Gadgets Not Updating in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

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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17 thoughts on “Fix Currency, Stock or Weather Gadgets Not Updating in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. 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only the message “Cannot connect to server” so it would appear that the server that was supplying the currency data has withdrawn their service.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.

  2. It sort of worked but not really. There wasn’t any “currency” folder in cache, just a “weather”folder” so I didn’t delete anything but it worked all the same. But then, about a minute later, I get the same message “service not available”

  3. Thanks for the currency gadget fix for win 7

    I just ran it for a second time and it all comes back up running

    but now the currency – reads (Cannot connect to service) How do

    I get it to re connect ?

  4. Thank for the gadget fix win 7
    I ran it twice and both times all gadgets came back running but the currency and weather both came up – (Cannot connect to service) now How can I re connect ?

  5. sorry id didnt fixed my weather gadget. It keeps on saying ” cannot connect to service” Please advice what to do

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