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What is sidebar.exe?

Part of Windows Sidebar by Microsoft

What is it?

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
Description of 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 screen, where you can move and resize them as you like. Open windows getting in the way of your gadgets? Use Peek to make them instantly reappear. You can customize desktop gadgets by changing their settings, resizing them, keeping them on top of other windows, moving them anywhere on the desktop, an
(sidebar.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does sidebar.exe run?

Process - sidebar.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does sidebar.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - sidebar.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Sidebar' and the execution command 'C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the sidebar.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of sidebar.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is sidebar.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.02701% CPU270145.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
9.92 MB RAM46.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
45 GDI objects30.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     6 context switches/sec6.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows sidebar\sidebar.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Sidebar?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Windows Sidebar.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: sidebar.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Sidebar
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.0.6002.18005 (lh_sp2rtm.090410-1830)
Product version: 1.0.6002.18005
Size: 1.22 MB
Original file name: sidebar.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0477042908%
Privileged CPU: 0.0206897372%
User CPU: 0.02701455365517%
Privileged CPU time: 273.44 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
Context switches /sec: 6
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 83.43 MB
Peak committed memory: 84.84 MB
Paged memory: 9.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 11.29 MB
Paged system memory: 141.44 KB
Non-paged system memory: 8.38 KB
Working set memory: 15.11 MB
Peak working set memory: 15.54 MB
Min working set memory: 9.7 MB
Private memory: 9.92 MB
Page faults: 8,490
Page faults /min: 23
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 45
USER objects: 34
Resources
Handle count average: 321
Thread count average: 11
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe" /autoRun
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Sidebar
Command: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun

Image hashes

MD5: f25a07d7698cea7985dbc6261282d79d
SHA-1: 43f487af4bb253cb504c1506fdb55581107cea3f

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comctl32.dll
crypt32.dll
cryptui.dll
dwmapi.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
msimg32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
sfc.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
urlmon.dll
user32.dll
uxtheme.dll
vadvapi32.dll
vcomctl32.dll
vdwmapi.dll
vgdiplus.dll
vkernel32.dll
vmsvcrt.dll
vntdll.dll
vshell32.dll
vuser32.dll
vuxtheme.dll
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