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NameWindows Desktop Gadgets

Windows Desktop Gadgets (called Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista) is a discontinued widget engine for Microsoft Gadgets. It was introduced with Windows Vista, in which it features a sidebar anchored to the side of the desktop. Its widgets can perform various tasks, such as displaying the time and date. In Windows Vista, the widgets are restricted to a sidebar but in Windows 7, they can be freely moved anywhere on the desktop. Windows Desktop Gadgets was discontinued in Windows 8. The Windows 8 Live Tiles can perform a similar function, but they are only visible when the Start menu is visible. They run in a more restrictive environment, making them less risky, but also less useful for some purposes, like system monitoring.

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Icon statusNo tray icon
Icon settingNot in the system tray
Executable fileD:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
Parent processD:\Windows\explorer.exe
Can be uninstalledNo
AutorunStarted form registry
Size on disk1.1 Mb
Minimum recorded memory usage13.1 Mb
Average recorded memory usage19.2 Mb
Maximum recorded memory usage23.5 Mb
Date when maximum memory usage occured01.03.2013 23:15:18
Minimum recorded CPU usage0%
Average recorded CPU usage0%
Maximum recorded CPU usage100%
Date when maximum CPU usage occured01.03.2013 23:00:59
Started at02.03.2013 12:47:31
Total CPU time 2 seconds
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