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6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 1.21%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 10.65%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 53.75%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 29.54%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 4.48%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.12%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.12%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 0.12%



Windows Desktop Gadgets by Microsoft

This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.


There are 8 versions of sidebar.exe in the wild, the latest version being 6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423). sidebar.exe is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. By adding a startup entry to the run registry key, the file will be executed when the user logs into Windows. The average file size is about 1.21 MB. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0060% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 34.16 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 45.36 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 24.06 KB per minute for reads and 2.03 KB per minute for writes.

What is sidebar.exe?

Gadgets are simple mini-applications that give users fast access to personally relevant information and simple tasks—without getting in the way. For example, the Weather Gadget provides real-time information that is available at a glance, and the CPU Meter Gadget provides system information that users are interested in monitoring. Gadgets are part of the desktop, like the Start button, taskbar, and notification area. Unlike normal windows, they aren't represented with a taskbar button. In Window

About sidebar.exe (from Microsoft)

Gadgets put information and fun—like news, pictures, games, and the phases of the moon—right on your desktop. In Windows Vista, gadgets were corralled in the Sidebar. Windows 7 sets them free on the s


File name:sidebar.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Desktop Gadgets
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\windows sidebar\sidebar.exe
Original name:sidebar.EXE.MUI

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Windows Desktop Gadgets.)
AWS Convergence Technologies
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Helmut Buhler
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Microsoft Corporation
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(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of sidebar.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Scheduled tasks
  • The job 'SidebarExecute' runs on registration in the path '\SidebarExecute'
  • Entry path '\P4G Sidebar'
  • Entry path '\SidebarExecute'
Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'Sidebar' → C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
User start menu folder
Shortcut pointer placed in '%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu'
  • Shortcut to 'sidebar.exe'

VersionsAll file variations of sidebar.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
9b0b4462bfc3afc40040780d6326ab8a ed6e9024b8b98b63774908bf2cc03763fa59fe14 1.31 MB
ea6eadf6314e43783ba8eee79f93f73c 7547491b0d7c29ea94a44cb01078867ede0b6bd0 1.12 MB
e3bf29ced96790cdaafa981ffddf53a3 e513dd19714559226cd52169fbb4489ca5740e88 1.41 MB
dcca4b04af87e52ef9eaa2190e06cbac 12a602b86fc394b1c88348fb099685eabb876495 1.12 MB
8fc6c4ee0a2d3ebaa70fa38f99141bce b0d31701606d01cf4d01b87772cfc3ada77c09aa 1.41 MB
d8d750a7714bfaed783f529989b71470 71c932314d7407178f04ef29c2162fe7c2372e0b 1.14 MB
7e43d209de88a788e22168c8c57a5448 c9a993957ddc0c3b2a6fa3d6159f98338c0cacad 1.12 MB
58e5b0f45206820a1a6e47bcd1ab0f2e 468e659310ad5da8f8449dd30fdc77ad3a4efbfd 1.07 MB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 45.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 34.75%
Windows 7 Professional 11.25%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.75%
Windows 7 Starter 1.25%
Windows 7 Enterprise 1.00%
Windows 8 Pro 0.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows 7 Home Premium N 0.50%
Windows 8 Pro N 0.50%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 37.69% of Windows Desktop Gadgets.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Hewlett-Packard 20.47%
Dell 20.26%
Acer 14.87%
ASUS 14.66%
Toshiba 12.50%
Lenovo 8.19%
Sony 2.16%
Samsung 1.94%
American Megatrends 0.86%
Medion 0.86%
Alienware 0.43%
MSI 0.43%
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