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What is sidebar.exe?

Part of Windows Desktop Gadgets 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. sidebar.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does sidebar.exe start?

Scheduled task - sidebar.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\SidebarExecute'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
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.
User start menu folder - The shortcut file sidebar.lnk is loaded in the user's Startup folder (%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) that points to the executable sidebar.exe. The startup folder contains programs that automatically start when Windows starts for the logged in user.


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.
0.00009% CPU924.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
38.79 MB RAM180.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
              32 GDI objects21.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows sidebar\sidebar.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Desktop Gadgets?

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 Desktop Gadgets.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

File name: sidebar.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Desktop Gadgets
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Product version: 1.0.7600.16385
Size: 1.07 MB
Original file name: sidebar.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0005411326%
Privileged CPU: 0.0004486481%
User CPU: 0.00009248448629%
Privileged CPU time: 56534.76 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,329,245,915
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 160.22 MB
Peak committed memory: 160.28 MB
Paged memory: 38.79 MB
Peak paged memory: 38.86 MB
Paged system memory: 238.61 KB
Non-paged system memory: 13.13 KB
Working set memory: 23.75 MB
Peak working set memory: 30.6 MB
Min working set memory: 20.56 MB
Private memory: 38.79 MB
Page faults: 953,190
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 171
Total read transfer: 229.58 KB
Total write operations: 22
Total write transfer: 5.26 KB
Total other operations: 504,769
Total other transfer: 425.79 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 32
Peak GDI objects: 41
USER objects: 29
Peak USER objects: 33
Handle count average: 268
Thread count average: 11
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe" /autoRun

Scheduled task details

Name: SidebarExecute
Command: \SidebarExecute

Startup files (user) run details

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

User start menu folder details

Name: sidebar.exe

Image hashes

MD5: 58e5b0f45206820a1a6e47bcd1ab0f2e
SHA-1: 468e659310ad5da8f8449dd30fdc77ad3a4efbfd
SHA-256: 98954fa330d430e41ca3b43b5ac686455a5be21090db116c81f52cb385954024

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.93849
File packed: No
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