Clearly Microsoft is worried about the security researchers’ findings, and has issued a “Fix It Tool” which will protect Windows 7 and Vista users by entirely disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets functionality. Microsoft hasn’t issued a security patch to fix the vulnerability.
I've used the feeds gadget for years with no problems and if Windows itself is being designed to actively fight against all gadgets now, then posting on their usergroups will only result in "don't bother fixing it, just disable it." Does anyone have any further suggestions on how to fix this?
I followed Lighthouse's suggestions and there is no such folder in the directory path she told me to navigate to.
If I need to go to the Microsoft Users group, I will do so.
I'm pretty sure I would type something like this: Gadgets installed from untrusted sources can harm your computer and can access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time.
Which is bad news if you found those sidebar gadgets useful.