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Solutions to Problem of Gadgets Disappearing in Windows® 7

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What are the solutions to the problem of gadgets disappearing in Windows 7?

The Windows 7 operating system, from Microsoft, has several advanced features and technologies that are better when compared to those of the earlier versions such as Windows XP, Windows Vista etc. One such feature is Desktop Gadgets. Desktop Gadgets is a small program which offers the user easy access to programs i.e. Windows gadget would help to monitor programs such as slideshows or continuously view updated headlines. Windows 7 Desktop Gadget helps the user to access frequently used tools of Windows. This feature keeps all the currently used programs and tools for the user so that they can easily be accessed whenever the user needs them. There are several gadgets available for accessing each application such as slideshows, latest news headlines etc. But sometimes this gadget may disappear from the system because of several reasons. This is mainly due to the UAC feature disabled in the system. If your system is infected with certain malware, then also you may not be able to access gadgets. However, we can access the gadget from the system by using certain techniques.

Some of the reasons for the disappearing of Windows 7 gadgets and some methods to resolve the issue are given below:

  • UAC Disable
  • Third Party Software
  • Solutions

UAC Disable

One of the reasons for the disappearing of gadgets in Windows 7 is UAC application. If User Account Control (UAC) is disabled in your system, the gadgets would disappear. This is done to protect the system from various possible threats. Otherwise, there might be a chance that malicious desktop gadgets could be installed in the system.

Third Party Software

Another reason for the disappearing of gadgets from Windows 7 can be some third party software or services. If they attack the system, the gadgets may disappear. There are several malicious programs such as viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, malware, and hackers which have the capability to disable the gadgets in Windows 7. This can be checked by performing a Clean Boot in the system.


There are several methods available to enable the gadgets in the system. If the UAC of your system is disabled due to some security issues, you can enable the gadgets by selecting the ‘Control Panel’ and then going to ‘Programs’. Select ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ and check the gadget platform. If the problem is due to malicious attacks, removing the malware can help resolve the issue.

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