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NameWindows Desktop Gadgets

The Windows Desktop Gadgets (called Windows Sidebar in Windows Vista) was a widget engine for Microsoft Gadgets, with program name sidebar.exe. It was introduced with Windows Vista, in which it features a sidebar anchored to the side of the desktop. Its widgets, called Gadgets, can perform various tasks, such as displaying the time and date and showing the CPU usage. Microsoft retired Windows Live Gallery in late 2011 when developing Windows 8. In subsequent months when vulnerabilities were publicized concerning exploitative GadgetsMicrosoft recommends to current users to disable the Sidebar and discontinue using Gadgets. The Windows 8 Live Tiles run in a more restrictive security 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
Version1.0.9200.16384
Parent processD:\Windows\explorer.exe
Can be uninstalledNo
AutorunStarted form registry
KeyHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
ValueSidebar
EncryptedNo
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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