Sidebar full of calendars and takes a long time to start up

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by ninephammer, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. ninephammer

    ninephammer Guest

    I'm trying to help my mom with her new PC that came with Vista Home Basic.
    For some reason, her sidebar has multiple copies of the calendar gadget.
    When she starts the system, it will take 4-5 minutes after bootup for the
    sidebar to appear. Any attempt to remove something results in a system
    lockup. Going into sidebar confiig and viewing the list shows multiple
    instances of the calendar. Trying to remove even one results in same lockup
    requiring a reboot. For now, we selected the option to not start sidebar
    when Windows starts.

    Has anyone see this problem? Is there anyway to reset sidebar to the
    defaults. I can't tell if this is a bug or somehow my mom has managed to
    start dozens of the same gadget. She says she didn't do anything, but no way
    to tell.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Oh, and I have to do this remotely. We live 500 miles apart. I love being
    the family help desk!
    ninephammer, Mar 28, 2007
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    Phil T Guest

    I have the same problem and I've seen a few others with it as well..

    Good 'ole M$ products :)
    Phil T, Jul 11, 2007
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  3. ninephammer

    ninephammer Guest

    I'm not sure how this can actually happen but I suspect because Sidebar will
    allow multiple copies. Unfortunately, the only fix that any one has come up
    with is a complete reinstall of Vista. IE, blow everything away and start
    over. If you are willing to do that, be sure you back up everything
    including any Windows Mail items, favorites, printer definitions, etc.

    Good luck.
    ninephammer, Jul 11, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    To reset Windows Sidebar to the defaults, try this. Exit Windows Sidebar
    and navigate to C:\Users\(Your Name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar
    (the path is hidden). Rename the file Settings.ini to Settings.ini.old.
    Restart Windows Sidebar. A new Settings.ini will be created.
    dean-dean, Jul 11, 2007
  5. ninephammer

    ninephammer Guest

    I will give that a try. Thanks for the tip!

    ninephammer, Jul 12, 2007
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    ninephammer Guest

    Thanks dean-dean! Your instructions worked! I found the ini file and
    renamed it and started Sidebar and voila, back to square one. The base ini
    file is about 2K in size. My Mom's was 202K. I still don't know how she
    managed to start a gazillion copies of the calendar, but she did. Or, maybe
    it was a MS bug. Either way, things seem back to normal. Dell support was
    totally useless when we tried them. They said I would have to reload the OS.
    Thanks very much for your response. You saved me hours of frustration.
    ninephammer, Jul 13, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    I'm glad things are back to normal. You can delete "Settings.ini.old"; it
    looks to be pretty corrupt! It's hard to say how that happened.
    dean-dean, Jul 13, 2007
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