Turn Off user-installed desktop gadgets

This policy setting allows you to turn off desktop gadgets that have been installed by the user. If you enable this setting Windows will not run any user-installed gadgets. If you disable or do not configure this setting Windows will run user-installed gadgets. The default is for Windows to run user installed gadgets.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Windows -> Sidebar # TurnOffUserInstalledGadgets

  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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