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I have no options anywhere for desktop widgets in Windows 7.

At first, I thought it was because of my UAC settings, so I looked into registry hacks for that. The sidebar registry setting is apparently located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SidebarSettings, and I don't have that key.

Are widgets not included in Windows 7 Professional? How can I get them?

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Gadgets are included with Windows 7 Professional. Right clicking Desktop -> Gadgets should get you the options to add them.

Else move over to Control Panel -> Appearance & Personalization -> Desktop Gadgets


If it's not there, Head over to Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off and put a checkmark against Windows Gadgets platform


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That doesn't seem to be the case: | – Corey Oct 3 '10 at 16:08
Updated @Corey. – Sathya Oct 3 '10 at 16:43
!!! Therein lies the problem. Thanks! – Corey Oct 3 '10 at 17:15
You're welcome @Corey! – Sathya Oct 3 '10 at 17:18

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