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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB958330

Windows Sidebar customizations are lost when you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer that has hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 installed

Considering the following scenario:

  • On a Windows Vista-based computer, you modify the Settings.ini file to customize the Windows Sidebar. This file is located in the following folder:

    %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar

  • You install hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on the computer.

In this scenario, when you log on to the computer with a user account that has never logged on to the computer before, the Windows Sidebar customizations are lost.

Note: The Windows Sidebar customizations include the following settings:

  • Whether the Windows Sidebar should start when Windows Vista starts
  • Whether the Windows Sidebar should be visible on the desktop or should be displayed as a tray icon
  • Which gadgets should be displayed by default. These may include OEM gadgets
There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB958330.

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