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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7 Comments

  1. Jerry Shaw
    said this on Saturday, March 22nd 2014 8:56 am

    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 ?

  2. Jerry Shaw
    said this on Saturday, March 22nd 2014 8:47 am

    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 ?

  3. said this on Friday, March 8th 2013 8:05 am

    @Ammar: Weather gadget “Cannot connect to service” (since March 5) is currently being investigated by Microsoft, and should be fixed soon. Until then, you may use the workaround posted here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/weather-gadget-not-working-cannot-connect-to/6707d8b4-1a37-4412-a609-5677c9b99a7a?page=4

  4. Ammar
    said this on Friday, March 8th 2013 1:19 am

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

  5. chris
    said this on Thursday, November 22nd 2012 10:21 am

    Thanks a lot, finally fixed my weather gadget.

  6. Mykolas
    said this on Friday, November 2nd 2012 12:32 am

    Thanks! It fixed the weathrer gadget.

  7. Derek
    said this on Friday, July 29th 2011 10:09 pm

    This did not work to fix the calendar gadget.

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