Q: I inadvertently clicked Uninstall when I was trying to delete the Calendar gadget in the Windows Sidebar and it's completely gone from the gadgets list. How do I reinstate them? I don't prefer third-party alternatives.
A: To restore the default gadgets that are installed with Windows Vista, use these steps:
- Right-click on an empty area in the Windows Sidebar, and click Properties
- Click Restore gadgets installed with Windows
- Click OK.
Note that the above option will be enabled only if one or more of the built-in gadgets had previously been uninstalled.
Instructions for Windows 7
Here are the instructions to restore the default Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7.
Click Start, Control Panel. In the search box, type Restore Gadgets
Click Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows.