Disable the Sidebar in Windows® 7
Read the following to know more about the sidebar in Windows 7 and the technique to disable the sidebar
The sidebar in Windows 7 is revamped and enhanced. It is also called Windows Gadget Platform. Like its previous version available in Windows Vista, it hosts a plethora of widgets and gadgets which are able to extend your desktop features. If you don’t want items in your desktop scattered with dozens of tools, you can disable the sidebar. At times you might be running Windows 7 with minimal system resources; you might face slow start-up issues or have to deal with resource consumption problems. In such cases, to free your system memory, you can disable your sidebar in Windows 7. Disabling the sidebar is very simple and you can do it on your own in no time.
The techniques to disable the sidebar in Windows 7 are:
- Disabling from the 'Control Panel'
- Disabling from the Registry Editor
- Things to keep in mind
Disabling from the 'Control Panel'
The easiest way to disable the sidebar in Windows 7 is from the 'Control Panel'. For this, you can click 'Start', navigate to the 'Control Panel' and click to open it. Now you can locate the 'Turn Windows features on or off', and click on the link to launch the 'Windows Features' window. Now you can scroll down to find the Windows Gadget Platform and here you can uncheck the check in box and click 'Ok'. This will disable the sidebar in your Windows 7.
Disabling from the Registry Editor
For this, you need to click 'Start' and then 'Run'. You can type in 'regedit' in the 'Run' box and and press 'Enter'. This will open your Windows Regisrty Editor window. Here, you can locate the following registry key: 'HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies WindowsSidebar'. Now by the right pane, you can right-click and create a new DWORD. You can name this as TurnOffSidebar and then you can assign its value as 1 and click 'Ok'.
Be sure to save the settings each time you make edits to disable your Windows 7 sidebar. If you are editing the registry to disable the sidebar, it is good that you create a backup of your Windows Registry by creating a restore point. If you encounter any issues while editing your Registry, you can roll back the changes made by making use of the created restore point. You will need to restart your computer after you make changes in your Registry for the changes to take effect.
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