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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.

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.

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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.
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 else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)

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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: 1.12 MB
Original file name: sidebar.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

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: 7e43d209de88a788e22168c8c57a5448
SHA-1: c9a993957ddc0c3b2a6fa3d6159f98338c0cacad

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.93849
File packed: No
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crypt32.dll
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dwmapi.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
msvcrt.dll
ntdll.dll
ole32.dll
sfc_os.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
urlmon.dll
user32.dll
uxtheme.dll
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