Have you come across the problem where some of the Gadgets that you added to the Sidebar/Desktop are not displayed correctly? For example, the clock gadget may be displayed as a black square containing only the "seconds" hand. Other gadgets may show up as white rectangles with an information (i) icon and a plus sign. The settings button next to the gadget does not work, but the x to close does. Here are some screenshots:

Latest Update: If the desktop gadgets problem surfaced after upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, this has to do with a bug in Internet Explorer 11 with higher DPI settings. In that case, check out the article Desktop Gadgets Not Displayed Correctly After Upgrading to Internet Explorer 11.

The above-mentioned behavior is caused due to the following reasons:

  1. A subkey with foreign/ASCII character exists under the "Zones" registry key.
  2. XML registration is missing in the system.

Use these steps to fix the problem:

Fix for Case 1

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:

4. Exit the Registry Editor.

5. Logoff and login back to your user account.

Fix for Case 2

1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To open an elevated (admin) Command Prompt, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press ENTER:

regsvr32 msxml3.dll

3. Similarly, run these commands:

regsvr32 scrrun.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll

You should see the DllRegisterServer in <filename> succeeded message for each command executed.

4. Logoff and login back to your user account and see if the Gadgets display correctly.


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38 Comments

  1. Palvinder Mahal
    said this on Sunday, July 13th 2014 11:08 am

    i tried both the ways but neither of’em worked for me. When I right-click on the win7 desktop and click on gadgets, nothing appears!!

  2. bob hollinsworth
    said this on Thursday, March 6th 2014 2:01 am

    neither of these options worked for me either, cpu monitor is still a box with information that is hard to read and the weather gadget only has the temp, no option to change the location and no box, all text is pink

  3. Crystal
    said this on Friday, January 31st 2014 11:01 pm

    Worked perfectly for me. Thanks!

  4. said this on Thursday, June 6th 2013 10:53 am

    HI.. I tried both the ways but it didnt worked. I am using Win-7 professional 32 bit. In fist case there is no ASCII character. In second case I got all ‘DllRegisterServer in succeeded’

  5. said this on Monday, May 27th 2013 9:48 pm

    HI.. I tried 2nd case but it didnt worked. I don’t know how to do the first case :(
    I am using Win-7 Professional 32 bit

  6. Yoh1612
    said this on Thursday, April 18th 2013 8:42 pm

    hi i also tried both ways but it didnt worked

  7. asd
    said this on Saturday, March 23rd 2013 9:59 pm

    thank you very much,my problem solved by case2

  8. Rohit
    said this on Monday, February 25th 2013 2:03 pm

    HI.. I tried both the ways but it didnt worked. :(
    I am using Win-7 home basic 64 bit

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