February 5, 2009

UAC and Gadgets

When I first tested the newly-integrated Windows 7 gadgets, I discovered that the gadgets disappeared every time I turned UAC off. Well, now you can keep UAC turned off and have your gadgets.
I must warn you, this fix is not for those who don't like to go into their registry.
You should probably set a System Restore point or backup your registry before you attempt it:
1. Open the Registry Editor, or regedit.exe. You can search for regedit in the Start Menu.2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings3. Right-click and create a new DWORD (32-Bit) Value called AllowElevatedProcess.4. Right-click AllowElevatedProcess and click Modify. Set the value to 1. Close the registry editor.

Your gadgets should work with UAC off now. You might have to reboot.

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