Restrict unpacking and installation of gadgets that are not digitally signed.

This policy setting allows you to restrict the installation of unsigned gadgets. Desktop gadgets can be deployed as compressed files either digitally signed or unsigned. If you enable this setting gadgets that have not been digitally signed will not be extracted. If you disable or do not configure this setting both signed and unsigned gadgets will be extracted. The default is for Windows to extract both signed and unsigned gadgets.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Windows -> Sidebar # TurnOffUnsignedGadgets

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Desktop Gadgets


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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