Run 32-bit gadgets on Win 7 x-64

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by C.B., Sep 24, 2011.

  1. C.B.

    C.B. MDL Junior Member

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    #1 C.B., Sep 24, 2011
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    I have two Dell computers, a desktop Studio XPS 7100 and a laptop XPS 17 L702X, both running Win 7 x64. When I purchased the desktop appx. three months ago I made registry changes to allow me to run my 32-bit gadgets. The changes were successful and the gadgets have been running problem free since I made the changes. I purchased the laptop appx. two weeks ago and made, what I thought were, the same changes. The gadgets on the laptop, which are the very same gadgets that run on the desktop, installed and ran problem free for one or two days. Now, only two of the laptop gadgets are working and the remainder of them display as a tiny white triangle with a < symbol within the triangle.

    I want to compare the sidebar registry entries on my desktop with the sidebar registry entries on my laptop so that I can duplicate the changes but I'm not sure which registry entries to check or where they are located. I've spent hours researching the subject but so far have been unable to determine where to go in the registry.

    I would appreciate it very much if someone could steer me in the right direction for the pertinent registry entries in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE AND HKEY_USERS. I have tried to upload a screenshot of my laptop gadgets but have been unable to successfully do so.

    I am aware that I must close the sidebar, shutdown the sidebar x64 process with Task Manager, go to my x86 Program Files, execute the 32-bit sidebar and then restart the computers. I'm also aware that I must add "(x86) to the sidebar entry under Run in the registry entry in HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run).

    I've also gone to C>Users>My Account>AppData>Local>Microsoft>Windows Sidebar and deleted the settings file. I even deleted the Windows Sidebar folder itself. Of course, these were replaced when I rebooted and/or restarted the gadgets. These efforts produced no results. I've read just about every article concerning this issue.

    Thank you in advance for your time and any assistance provided.

    C.B.
     
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    C.B. MDL Junior Member

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    #4 C.B., Sep 25, 2011
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    Well, I did a reinstall on the laptop and so far the gadgets are working properly. I first checked Task Manager for the 64-bit sidebar process but it was not running. I uninstalled all the 64-bit gadgets that came with the OS and then checked the registry.There was no entry in the registry for sidebar under HKCU>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Run. I then looked again in Task Manager and there was no 64-bit sidebar process running. I went to my Program Files (x86) and executed the sidebar from there, restarted and added the 32-bit gadgets and every one of them installed properly. I went back to the registry under HKCU and the 32-bit sidebar entry had been added automatically.

    So far, so good. I'm adding my third party software at this time, restarting after every installation to determine whether or not the software affects the 32-bit gadgets.

    C.B.
     
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    glad you got it working.

    sorry i couldn't be more helpful. i use x86 only here
     
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    There's no need to be sorry. The fact that you had a desire to assist others is what matters. I have reinstalled all my third party software and the 32-bit gadgets are working perfectly.

    C.B.