Windows Sidebar customizations are lost when you log on to a Windows Vista-based computer that has hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 installed

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SYMPTOMS

Considering the following scenario:
  • On a Windows Vista-based computer, you modify the Settings.ini file to customize the Windows Sidebar. This file is located in the following folder:
    %ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar
  • You install hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on the computer.
In this scenario, when you log on to the computer with a user account that has never logged on to the computer before, the Windows Sidebar customizations are lost.

Note The Windows Sidebar customizations include the following settings:
  • Whether the Windows Sidebar should start when Windows Vista starts
  • Whether the Windows Sidebar should be visible on the desktop or should be displayed as a tray icon
  • Which gadgets should be displayed by default. These may include OEM gadgets

CAUSE

After you install hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista SP1, the Settings.ini file is replaced by the original version of the Settings.ini file. Therefore, the customizations that you set by modifying the file are lost.

RESOLUTION

A hotfix is available to resolve this issue. After you apply this hotfix, the modified Settings.ini file is restored. If you install this hotfix before you install hotfix 943411 or Windows Vista SP1, your modified Settings.ini file will not be replaced by the original one. This hotfix also works when you install Windows Vista on a computer by using an installation media that has Windows Vista Service Pack 1 slipstreamed.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only one of these products may be listed on the “Hotfix Request” page. To request the hotfix package that applies to both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, just select the product that is listed on the page.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, the computer must be running Windows Vista or Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes

  • The files that apply to a specific product and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
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    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.0.6000.20xxx Windows RTM LDR
    6.0.6001.22xxx Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1 SP1 LDR
  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxxx version number.
  • The .manifest files and the .mum files that are installed in each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Vista" section. These files and their associated .cat (security catalog) files are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The .cat files are signed with a Microsoft digital signature. The attributes of these security files are not listed.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Sidebargc.exe6.0.6001.223039,21606-Nov-200812:59x86
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6000.2095166,04806-Nov-200812:59x86
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6000.2095111,77606-Nov-200811:11x86
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08413-Dec-200720:26Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6000.209511,232,38406-Nov-200811:12x86
Sidebarlock.datNot Applicable816-Dec-200706:43Not Applicable
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6001.2230366,04806-Nov-200812:59x86
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6001.2230311,77606-Nov-200812:59x86
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08418-Dec-200721:40Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6001.223031,233,92006-Nov-200812:59x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Sidebargc.exe6.0.6001.2230310,75206-Nov-200814:16x64
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6000.2095167,58406-Nov-200813:14x64
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6000.2095113,31206-Nov-200811:46x64
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08414-Dec-200722:07Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6000.209511,553,92006-Nov-200811:47x64
Sidebarlock.datNot Applicable814-Dec-200722:07Not Applicable
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6001.2230367,58406-Nov-200814:17x64
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6001.2230313,31206-Nov-200814:16x64
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08418-Dec-200721:40Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6001.223031,555,96806-Nov-200814:16x64
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6000.2095166,04806-Nov-200812:59x86
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6000.2095111,77606-Nov-200811:11x86
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08413-Dec-200720:26Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6000.209511,232,38406-Nov-200811:12x86
Sidebarlock.datNot Applicable816-Dec-200706:43Not Applicable
Sbdrop.dll6.0.6001.2230366,04806-Nov-200812:59x86
Sbunattend.exe6.0.6001.2230311,77606-Nov-200812:59x86
Settings.iniNot Applicable1,08418-Dec-200721:40Not Applicable
Sidebar.exe6.0.6001.223031,233,92006-Nov-200812:59x86

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File namePackage_for_kb958330_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size18,304
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File namePackage_for_kb958330_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,861
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File namePackage_for_kb958330_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,713
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sidebar-gc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22303_none_65e63e3be296f024.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size3,783
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:25
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sidebar.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20951_de-de_8bb87826974df489.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size4,453
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:24
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sidebar.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20951_en-us_34a94e1f862c004e.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size4,453
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:21
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20951_none_cd4afe5c42c6c909.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size41,613
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:16
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22303_none_cf694d323fc300f3.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size40,686
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:24
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-sidebar-gc_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22303_none_c204d9bf9af4615a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size4,107
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)16:23
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20951_none_296999dffb243a3f.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size41,675
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:40
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22303_none_2b87e8b5f8207229.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size40,748
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)16:21
File namePackage_for_kb958330_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size18,732
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File namePackage_for_kb958330_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,873
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File namePackage_for_kb958330_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,723
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)22:06
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20951_none_33be44322f84fc3a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size31,147
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:11
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-sidebar_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22303_none_35dc93082c813424.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size30,220
Date (UTC)06-Nov-2008
Time (UTC)13:13

Properties

Article ID: 958330 - Last Review: November 21, 2008 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
Keywords: 
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