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. A missing scripting run-time registration usually causes this problem.

Registering VBScript.DLL

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

Open admin Command Prompt and run 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 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.

Click Start, type Regedit.exe, and press Enter. This opens the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following branch:

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

Under the Zones key, delete the subkey shown with an ASCII character, as in the above graphic. Exit the Registry Editor, log off, and log back in back to your account.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

65 thoughts on “Calendar Gadget in Windows Sidebar is Blank with Orange Background”

  1. Your solution worked perfectly for me on my vista machine
    How would we manage without these clever people

    Thank you very much

  2. Wouldn’t work initially but after running Windows Update worked fine
    Follow Ramish’s instruction exactly,Command prompt RUN AS ADMIN, (C windows system 32) insert regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll. REBOOT. I had done 3 things in all 1. uninstalled the calendar gadget, reinstalled via control panel search gadget restore and then followed the above steps. thanks to Ramish

  3. @ramesh srinivasan – I did not have a subkey problem – just had 0, 1,2,3, and 4. However, running the fix for Case 2 solved my blank calendar problem – very many thanks Ramesh.

  4. After reporting yesterday that none of the recommended fixes were successful, I tried registering VBScript.dll one more time, but shut down my firewall and anti-virus protection (ZoneAlarm) first. This effort ended in SUCCESS! Perhaps that step should be added to the instructions–maybe others will experience success as well.

  5. Thanks for your efforts, but to no avail here. I had this happen some time ago, but I can’t remember how I resolved it. it is more annoying than troublesome. I have bookmarked this page so if I remember, I get back.

  6. HEY. had ther same problem. Ran a msconfig, and disabled all things adobe. Hooray
    gadgets working again.
    Running win7 pro 64-bit

  7. Here’s something that will work when all else fails. Change your folder options so that you can see the hidden folders and files. Then go to your “Users\name you’re signed in as\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsSidebar” folder and delete the Settings.ini file. Restore your folder view option back to hide hidden folders, files, and drives. Reboot and enjoy…

  8. I had tried everything suggested to get my gadget calendar back, but what worked is the note Jonnie posted – Ran a msconfig, and disabled all things adobe. Hooray
    gadgets working again.

    So glad…

  9. Ken Lovell has the solution above.
    You need to close all gadgets first or it won’t let you delete Settings.ini

    The path on my Windows 7 is:

    Users\name you’re signed in as\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsSidebar\Settings

  10. what I also discoverd and this could be caused by same course of problem:

    – iGoogle can not be started from IE9 (from Google Chrome and Safari no problem)
    – Logitech device drives of Webcam Pro9000 w7 x64 cannot be installed
    – Sidebare does not work, gadgets do not work as stated, also local gadgets like AVG as well as HP AiO gadget do not work (corrupted on the screen).
    – when starting Google there comes a window right above in the screen, Install Google Crome (this is blue knob which work, normal link) however exit this screen via X in the samll Google screen in IE9 does not work, The cursor normally changes from arrow to hand symbol when on X, now no reaction and action on X.

  11. Hi thank you win,

    The first method worked for me now after rebooting date shows with out any problem thankyou once again



  12. the gadets dont laod right for the sidebar in vista. i have tried the command prompt & typed in the three commands each one failed. i have checked the step 2 & found no zone with a ancII simbable. i have tried the micrcosoft fix it & that did not work.
    please help

  13. Be blessed indeed, i had lost hope regaining of my nice calender gadget only to receive a miracle today, this is the most happening day of this month for me, thank you for the good job done.


  14. I searched the knowledge base and every forum I could find for a solution to the Windows 7 blank calendar gadget. Nothing seems to work and now I find my Windows Installer is corrupted. With regard to the discussion of an ACSI character in the registry key, I will echo Chris’ comment above. I had no ACSI character. (Yes, I understand what an ACSI character is.)

    Any help you may offer is certainly appreciated. I am one month away from restoring my comuter but that draconian step frightens me.

  15. I tried all of the above and then found this… Its worked for me.

    Create a batch file (text file) named “resetwidget.bat” using notepad or simular text editor.

    Copy and paste the following into the batch file and save it. Then run the batch file by double clicking on it.

    taskkill /im sidebar.exe /f
    regsvr32 /s msxml3.dll
    regsvr32 /s scrrun.dll
    regsvr32 /s jscript.dll
    regsvr32 /s atl.dll
    Regsvr32 /s “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll”
    Regsvr32 /s “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll”
    reg delete “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones” /f
    “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe”

  16. Settings\Zones” f

    >>>>>Should be on same line as “reg delete”

    reg delete “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\…….\Internet Setting\Zones” /f

  17. I, too, tried all sorts of recommended “fixes” to no avail. After having trouble with other VBscript tools, I finally decided to track the problem down myself and this is what I found:

    My issues were the result of the uninstall of the trial McAfee Antivirus that came with my computer.
    The uninstall of McAfee did not return this registry key to the proper value:

    @=”C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\McAfee\\SystemCore\\ScriptSn.20110222204811.dll”

    The default value needed to be changed:


    Hope this helps somebody 🙂

  18. Thanks JR!!
    Your solution was quite simple and effective. I tried all the methods with proper guide lines but I got it solved by making the ‘BAT’ file with your posted script. And now my calender is restored.
    Thanks buddy and cheer up!!

  19. Thank you, PhilliePhan, that somebody is me! Same issue. My nemesis, however, was Avast. To others who try this solution, you may have to modify the permissions before regedit will let you modify the key. (:)

  20. Drats! I did the first fix, regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll, and got the proper response that the dll reg server succeeded, but saw no change after restarting the computer. So did the regedit and that ascii “numbered” zone wasn’t there. Help! 🙂

  21. Kt
    said this on Wednesday, March 7th 2012 7:31 am
    Drats! I did the first fix, regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll, and got the proper response that the dll reg server succeeded, but saw no change after restarting the computer. So did the regedit and that ascii “numbered” zone wasn’t there. Help! 🙂

    me 2 … :[[ HELP US :[[

  22. No subkey shown with an ASCII characte rthe regedit and that ascii “numbered” zone wasn’t there.
    Still Calendar Gadget in Windows Sidebar Is Blank With Orange Background..
    System unable to install fix it??

    Please help

  23. Those who are still having problems should doublecheck to be sure that they are not having the issues that Larry and I had with the uninstall of an anti-virus program.

    When I uninstalled the trial Mcafee AV on my computer, it left this registry key with the wrong default value:

    @=”C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\McAfee\\SystemCore\\ScriptSn.20110222204811.dll”

    The default value needed to be changed back to the value below:


    Make sure that the default value is –> ”C:\\Windows\\system32\\vbscript.dll”

    Best of luck to all 🙂

  24. FYI – Avast AV does the same thing.

    Also, make sure it’s “C:\Windows\system32\vbscript.dll” not “C:\\Windows\\system32\\vbscript.dll”

  25. Thanks, Paul – good catch! Copy&Paste from my reg key export did me in.

    My post should read:


    Make sure that the default value is –> ”C:\Windows\system32\vbscript.dll”

    — Larry, below, had issues with Avast as well. I’d not be surprised if the vast majority of people here had a similar problem with a script-blocking component of an AV app.

  26. In my case after few suggested options deleting settings.ini in
    Users\name you’re signed in as\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsSidebar\Settings
    and rebooting helpt.
    Thanks guys!

  27. Thanks PhilliePhan and Paul! I followed your instructions and now the sidebar calendar is good again after being blank for months! I made the registry key change to “C:\Windows\system32\vbscript.dll” and that fixed it. My paid McAfee AV expired around August last year and I replaced it with Comodo AV. I never linked that change with the blank calendar issue until I saw your post earlier tonight.

    Thanks very much for helping me get rid of that annoying calendar glitch.

  28. I need some help with this issue that I am having. I just installed a new antivirus also called MalwareBytes. Where should I start in the registry? The previous comments have me a little confused haha.

  29. I found the error in the registry. Still refers to a McAfee folder.

    But I keep getting the error “did not write the entry correctly” when I try to change the registry.

  30. @ Curtis:

    Malwarebytes Anti-malware is not an antivirus program.
    Rather, it is an anti-malware program designed to be used in conjuction with an antivirus program.
    If you do not already have a resident antivirus app, I suggest you install one (and ONLY one AV) immediately.
    If you need a free option, I recommend Avira. You can get it here –>

    @ Richard and others in the same boat:

    For those of you who need to change their registry value, you can do so easily:

    — Open Notepad
    — Make sure Format > Word Wrap is OFF

    Type or copy and paste the following (starting with Windows and ending with Both”) exactly as it is written and save it to the desktop as FixMe.reg

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    To keep things simple, close any open windows or programs.
    Locate the FixMe.reg file that you saved on your desktop and doubleclick it to run it.
    You’ll get a warning message asking if you want to continue. Click YES and allow it to merge into the registry.
    That’s all there is to it – you may need to reboot your machine for the change to take effect.

    For those still having trouble, you can look me up at where I am a part-time moderator. Send me a PM to get my attention and I’ll be happy to help you sort this out.

    Cheers 🙂

  31. Hi, when I got to the Registry Editor and selected HKEY_CURRENT_USER, there wasn’t a Zones or Zones Map folder in the branch. I have Vista 32-bit OS. Help!

  32. I followed the steps about the Command Prompt and the problem wasn’t fixed. So then, I downloaded the Microsoft FixIt and ran it, then I restarted my system and the calendar was still the same. After that, I followed the steps to do it manually, but couldn’t find the ASCII character folder, (I guess the FixIt deleted it). Is there anything else I can do to fix the calendar Gadget?

  33. Side bar calendar orange- Tried all above still orange.
    Registering VBScript.Dll did not work.
    Pseu-graphic number -MS fixit could not find anything on side bar calendar
    Manual fix showed I do not have aone of these numbers to delete.
    I am not IT literate enough to try some of the suggestions from ‘comments’
    As Carlos Mazzarri’s comment above he also followed all steps and no luck. A further comment made by him 15 min later, which he says worked was to delete the zone (all of then I guess) keys. Is this not asking for more troubble or. I am in need of help, please.

  34. Thank you… It took me 12 hours of research to finally get to (I think) fixing this problem. In the end, it took running all of the REGSVR32 commands (including the link to “Gadgets not displayed correctly in Windows 7” commands). These first steps solved most of the problem but was still having a few gadget issues (the orange calendar).

    What finally fixed it was running the MCPR.exe utility from Mcafee to FULLY remove the product which I uninstalled (or so I thought). Here is a link to the removal tool

  35. I also ran through all fixes with zones, clearing the windows sidebar folder in appdata, and almost every other fix out there.

    issue was mcafee all along!

  36. Hi ramesh,
    i did all thing that u said but im my window in registry editor the one square key is not available in zone key. so waht i do tell me

    Thanks & regards

  37. I could not get my gadget calender to work. It’s all orange. I tried what you said, and also tried the fix it icon. It said I have error 2738.

  38. I tried all the steps in this repair, but problem remains. Thee was no ascii security zone to delete. The FixIt failed with an error code 2738.

  39. sadly, this didn’t end up helping. calender and stocks things aren’t working, like the article suggests, but attempting to reregister vbscript.dll didn’t change anything. no ascii-charactered entry in the zones subkey, either.]

    my problem started when I used avast’s standalone uninstaller to remove their antivirus after it bugged out. at one point there was a trial of office2007 on this machine, and it’s been being a pain to fully remove. the fixit tool in the article above fails with an error 2738, and it’s “get help” button links to a page about error 1606, which is office related, so I’m stumped.

    (also apologies if this ends up repeating another post’s content; comments code is hiccuping on me today.)

  40. 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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