Windows 7 gadgets may not work or be displayed correctly

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Windows 7 gadgets may stop working or might not be displayed correctly. For example, gadgets may be displayed in the following ways:
  • Gadgets may be displayed as black squares.
  • Gadgets may be displayed that have vertical green lines down the center, or gadgets may not be displayed at all.
  • Gadgets may have blue exclamation marks next to them.
  • The Calendar gadget may be displayed as an orange background that does not have dates.

This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:
  • System Restore was performed.

    For more information about System Restore, visit the following Microsoft website:
    System Restore
  • User Account Control (UAC) is turned on.

    For more information about how to enable the UAC, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    975787 Guided Help: Adjust User Account Control settings in Windows 7
  • The scannow command finds missing or corrupted system files.

    For more information about the scannow command, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    929833 How to use the System File Checker tool to troubleshoot missing or corrupted system files on Windows Vista or on Windows 7

More information

For more information about gadgets, see the following Microsoft websites:
Customize desktop gadgets

Desktop gadgets: frequently asked questions


Article ID: 2515657 - Last Review: May 1, 2013 - Revision: 8.0
Applies to
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Internet Explorer 9
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