My clock gadget has been working fine for over a year since I installed Windows.

Now the clock gadget's hands have started to pivot from a position that is centred horizontally but not vertically.

When the minute hand is between around 20-40 minutes, this causes it to go beyond the edge of the clock. This causes a pink rendering artifact to appear.

In the following image, I have enabled the seconds hand so I can demonstrate the problem without having to wait until it happens again or adjusting my system time:

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Things I've tried, with no success:

  1. Removing it from desktop, rebooting, then re-adding
  2. Uninstall the "Windows Gadget Platform" from Windows Features, re-installing it and re-adding the clock
  3. Running sfc /scannow to check for damaged system files (none found)
  4. Disk error check (none found)

I haven't installed any new software or drivers recently, only Windows updates.

  • Are you running legit copy of windows? Dec 11, 2013 at 0:00
  • @tumchaaditya Yes.
    – rwm
    Dec 11, 2013 at 12:17

2 Answers 2


IE11 is the culprit. The gadgets apparently use the explorer rendering engine. If your desktop uses anything but 100% resolution, the gadgets will be drawn incorrectly.

  • Yep, just tried it now and it draws fine when the Windows text size is 100%. I had mine on 115%, but the resolution was 100%.
    – rwm
    Jan 5, 2014 at 18:03

The display scaling can be disabled for each gadget in its XML config file. The locations are either C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets or C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

Open gadget.xml (inside the "gadget name"\"language code") subfolder with a text editor and look for the line (autoscaleDPI)(!--_locComment_text="{Locked}"--)true(/autoscaleDPI). Replace the true with false and save the file. The gadget has to be closed while editing the file.

Source: http://winaero.com/blog/fix-gadgets-displaying-broken-in-windows-8-1-or-windows-7-with-ie11/

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