How to Enable or Disable Gadgets in Windows 7

July 22, 2012Blog

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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable all currently running gadgets, and from being able to add new desktop gadgets for all users in Vista and Windows 7.

Using a REG File Download

1. To Enable Gadgets
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Gadgets.reg

Download Enable Gadgets

B) If not already, make sure that you have Windows Gadget Platform checked in Windows Features.

C) Go to step 3.

2. To Disable Gadgets
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Gadgets.reg

Download Disable Gadgets

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to completely apply.
NOTE: Gadgets that are currently running may not be disabled until you do this step.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg files on the desktop if you like.

Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Desktop Gadgets. (See screenshot below)

3. In the right pane, right click on Turn off desktop gadgets and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Gadgets
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) If not already, make sure that you have Windows Gadget Platform checked in Windows Features.

C) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Gadgets
A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)

7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to completely apply.
NOTE: Gadgets that are currently running may not be disabled until you do this step.

 
 

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