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Windows 7 UAC Disabled and Gadgets still Work


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#1 Conuck

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:25 AM

As most have found out if you disable the UAC (User Account Controls) the desk top gadgets don't work. I found the registy edit that lets you disable UAC and keep the desktop gadgets. I did reboot to see if it works and it does!

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSidebarSettings
  3. Create a new DWORD Value called AllowElevatedProcess
  4. Set the value of the new DWORD to 1
  5. Close the registry editor. Your gadgets should work now. No reboot or anything necessary.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:53 AM

Very cool registry edit coknuck :) Thanks man ! I'm putting this is the guides section as valuable as this is !

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:25 PM

I also found this.

If you don't feel confident enough to edit your registry then download the attached zip file, unpack it and then double click the registry file inside. Answer yes when prompted to add the info to your registry.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:27 PM

As most have found out if you disable the UAC (User Account Controls) the desk top gadgets don't work. I found the registy edit that lets you disable UAC and keep the desktop gadgets. I did reboot to see if it works and it does!

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSidebarSettings
  3. Create a new DWORD Value called AllowElevatedProcess
  4. Set the value of the new DWORD to 1
  5. Close the registry editor. Your gadgets should work now. No reboot or anything necessary.


I've had Win 7 since it came out with UAC disabled and all my Gadgets work, desktop or otherwise. I was totally unaware of this reg hack. I may have to dig into this further.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:04 AM

I've disabled UAC a time or 2 for extended periods of time for one reason or another and never lost functionality of my gadgets.. Wasnt even aware this was an issue?

Very cool edit otherwise :D :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:11 AM

That post was for the people who were using the RC1 or beta which ever you want to call it. In the beta version the gadgets would dissapeared when you disabled the UAC. Some people were using W7 way before it was released to the public. :wink2:

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