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118. Windows Sidebar Fails To Start

Before you proceed with the following instructions make sure that the Windows Sidebar has not been disabled. You can check to see if the sidebar has been disabled by following the instructions in Step One. If the sidebar is not disabled then proceed to Step Two.

In Step Two it is important to ensure that you choose the correct instructions for your version of Windows Vista, i.e., 32 Bit or 64 Bit.

Step One

1/ Click the Start button.

2/ From the Start Menu, Click Control Panel.

3/ In the Control Panel Window, Click the Windows Sidebar Properties icon.

4/ When the Windows Sidebar Properties window opens, Check that there is a Check Mark (Tick) in the box to the Left of the Start sidebar when windows starts option. If the box is empty then the sidebar is disabled. To enable it hover your Mouse over the box and Right Click the mouse button. A Check Mark (Tick) should now appear in the box.

5/ Finally, Click OK to close the properties window.

Step Two

If the Windows Sidebar fails to open it may be necessary to un-register and then re-register the sidebar .DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files. In order to do this you need to open a a Command prompt in Elevated mode. Once the Elevated Command window opens you can proceed to, firstly, un-register the required .DLL files and then, after they have successfully been un-registered, you can re-register them again and the sidebar should then work as normal.

To complete this task, proceed as follows:

Windows Vista 32 Bit Version

1/ Click the Start button.

2/ From the Start menu, Click All Programs followed by Accessories.

3/ From the Accessories drop down menu, Right click on the Command prompt option and then, from the command prompt drop down menu, Click on the Run As Administrator option.

4/ When the Elevated Command prompt window opens type the following:

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" and then Press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

5/ A message should appear telling you that the .dll file has successfully been un-registered.

6/ Next type the following into the Command Prompt window:

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" and then press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

7/ The above two files should now have been un-registered.

8/ Now you need to register the following files: atl.dll; sbdrop.dll; and wlsrvc.dll so proceed as follows:

9/ Back in the Elevated Command Prompt window type:

Regsvr32 atl.dll (that is ATL) and press Enter.

10/ Next type:

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" and press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

11/ Finally type:

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" and press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

12/ Now Close the Command Prompt Window and Restart your PC.

13/ The Windows Sidebar should now open for you.

If your version of Vista is the 64 Bit version then follow the instructions below:

Windows Vista 64 Bit Version

1/ Click the Start button.

2/ From the Start menu, Click All Programs followed by Accessories.

3/ From the Accessories drop down menu, Right click on the Command prompt option and then, from the command prompt drop down menu, Click on the Run As Administrator option.

4/ When the Elevated Command prompt window opens type the following:

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles(86)%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" and the Press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

5/ A message should appear telling you that the .dll file has successfully been un-registered.

6/ Next type the following into the Command Prompt window:

Regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles(86)%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" and then press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

7/ The above two files should now have been un-registered.

8/ Now you need to register the following files: atl.dll; sbdrop.dll; and wlsrvc.dll so proceed as follows:

9/ Back in the Elevated Command Prompt window type:

Regsvr32 atl.dll (that is ATL) and press Enter.

10/ Next type:

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles(86)%\Windows Sidebar\sbdrop.dll" and press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

11/ Finally type:

Regsvr32 "%ProgramFiles(86)%\Windows Sidebar\wlsrvc.dll" and press Enter. (Don't forget to include the "double Quotes" in the command line or the command will fail.)

12/ Now Close the Command Prompt Window and Restart your PC.

13/ The Windows Sidebar should now open for you.