Restore or Reinstall, uninstalled Windows 7 Gadgets

You may have experienced problem with Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets like suddenly gadgets stopped displaying correctly, accidentally uninstall default built-in gadgets or you need to restore Gadgets to factory default settings.

So we are giving step by step solutions to get rid of these issues.

Fix: Gadgets stopped displaying/working correctly.

  1. To Fix it, Run Command Prompt as Administrator and then type these 3 commands one by one.
  2. regsvr32 msxml3.dll
    regsvr32 scrrun.dll
    regsvr32 jscript.dll

    You will receive DllRegisterServer succeeded message for each Dll, which indicates the Dll is registered successfully.

  3. After re-registering all these 3 Dlls, restart your PC to take effect.

Restore/Reinstall built-in Windows Gadgets.

  1. Click on Start and type Restore Gadget in StartSearch box or type in Control Panel’s search box.
  2. Now click on Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows and all default gadgets will be restored.

Restore/Reinstall Windows Gadget platform.

  1. To reinstall Windows Gadget Platform, go to Control Panel >> Programs >> Turn Windows features on or off
  2. In Windows Features, clear check box Windows Gadget Platform and click OK to start uninstallation.
  3. After uninstalling, restart your PC and follow the above steps again and mark check to Windows Gadget Platform and click OK to start re-installation.

Applies To:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic

– UPDATED 3/7/2011

  • ana

    yahooo…..thanks for the info my gadgets is back…i follow the steps and it works greatly….

  • Judy

    I am so impressed with this article. I followed the steps and now have my gadgets back. Thanks so much

  • sathvik

    when i right click and open the gadget, it not showing any option, wherever i go like start menu, Ctrl panel, no use plz what can i do?

  • Bimal Tripathi

    I have still the calender gadget blank problem…..

  • paul

    Win7 Ultimate x64.

    All was working but now:
    Can’t adjust any gadget opacity,
    Clock second hand won’t work anymore,
    Clock only displays as default.

    UAC is configured on allow everything.
    I cannot restore gadget defaults, it just opens the gadget window.
    Ran FIXITas per M$; no work.
    edit registry as per M$; no work.
    did the above: no work.
    Turned gadgets off and reboot and turn on: no work.
    No Adobe on computer (this has been identified on other sites).

    As usual, about 6hrs has been spent for a no gain.
    Help would be appreciated.

  • Mark Schroeder

    I did all the recomended steps, they were all sucessfully applied, but I still get no gadgets. The dialog box does not open when I click on “Windows Desktop Gallery”. What next? Everything else works perfectly on this computer. I am puzzeled.

  • Dhenzer09

    same problem with ashik
    OS : Windows 7 enterprise
    please help me with this problem

  • Ashik

    Dear Sirs, I did everything as you said. But the problem still persists (some gadgets crashed : clock…, some doesnt appear : calender).

    OS : Windows 7 Home Premium

    But, when I entered the first command (regsvr32 msxml3.dll), I got reply as you described. But the second and third commands were not with Succeeded reply. However a ‘not found’ or similar dialogue box appeared.

    As well as I did the (Restore/Reinstall Uninstalled built-in Windows Gadgets)also. Still the problem not rectified. I had closed the Sidebar function from Task Manager before I do any above attempts .

    Would you advise further, thanks.

  • ram

    in my pc windows7 Gadgets stopped working. i was reinstalled Gadgets and again installed, but i could not get Gadgets. it shows “”windows Desktop Gadgets has stopped working, A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available .”” plz replay me what should i do……

  • Bobthequill


    My Gadgets now back top normal.

    Thank you guys

  • Martin


    Thank you for your guidance. My gadgets work again after I removed them and re-installed them.

  • Rishabh

    Man, I tried everything mentioned above.

    But there is still some problem that is not solved.
    Who should I contact or Where should I send the screenshot to?

    Please reply asap.

    • Rishabh

      And I also have the same problem that @Mauro has.

      But I don’t know if I have deleted a .dll file.

  • Mauro

    I tried the tricks but I still have the problem: my gadgets appear invisible except for the logo Info and the button “X” to close.

    what can it be??

    Ps. it could be that i deleted a .dll file while i was trying to remove malware because at the windows starting it appeared a window that said: unable to find …/…/….[somthing]dash.dll

  • aniee

    heyyy i have a problem my gadgets r not working….helll……wat would i do…….??????????

    • Admin

      Will you share some more details? Some screenshot, error message etc.

  • Balaji P M

    Hi Ramesh,

    Thanks a lot for this valuable tip & trick

    Keep Contributing :)

    • kaiser

      prob when i click ” Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows” then its shows windows gadgets stooped working, check online for a solution or close the program. inform me @