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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 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. sidebar.exe is executed by the process services.exe (Services and Controller app 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 0.3% of all Boost users have the sidebar.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of sidebar.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows Desktop Gadgets?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is sidebar.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00209% CPU20947.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
35.49 MB RAM164.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 21 /min0.9%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
49 GDI objects32.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
61 context switches/sec61.0%
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 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?

Windows Desktop Gadgets Stability

sidebar.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Crashing module: ntdll.dll (still researching...)
Occurred on: September 3, 2013
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium N (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (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: 1.41 MB
Original file name: sidebar.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0036716991%
Privileged CPU: 0.0015770022%
User CPU: 0.00209469690396%
Privileged CPU time: 264270349.42 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 41,823 ms
CPU cycle count: 105,420,570
CPU cycle count /min: 136,083,643
Context switches /sec: 61
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 286.6 MB
Peak committed memory: 292.81 MB
Paged memory: 35.49 MB
Peak paged memory: 39.49 MB
Paged system memory: 374.93 KB
Non-paged system memory: 48.24 KB
Working set memory: 41.85 MB
Peak working set memory: 55.34 MB
Min working set memory: 30.76 MB
Private memory: 35.49 MB
Page faults: 6,606,787
Page faults /min: 4,947
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 16,076
Read operations /min: 15
Total read transfer: 26.45 MB
Read transfer /min: 19.61 KB
Total write operations: 2,205
Write operations /min: 6
Total write transfer: 872.41 KB
Write transfer /min: 396 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,789,430
Other operations /min: 970
Total other transfer: 33.48 MB
Other Transfer /min: 29.47 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 49
Peak GDI objects: 61
USER objects: 48
Peak USER objects: 61
Handle count average: 475
Thread count average: 25
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe" /autoRun
"C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe"
"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

Network connectivity

TCP: server-54-230-144-187.sfo4.r.cloudfront.net on port 58664
TCP: server-204-246-175-221.jax1.r.cloudfront.net on port 58662
TCP: export.yandex.ru on port 53124
UDP: LISTENING on port 56671
UDP: LISTENING on port 64298
UDP: LISTENING on port 53113
UDP: LISTENING on port 55969
UDP: LISTENING on port 59237
UDP: LISTENING on port 61005
UDP: LISTENING on port 51697
UDP: LISTENING on port 61330
UDP: LISTENING on port 62628

Image hashes

MD5: e3bf29ced96790cdaafa981ffddf53a3
SHA-1: e513dd19714559226cd52169fbb4489ca5740e88
SHA-256: 76cb27ef7b27e5636eda9d95229519b2a2870729a0bb694f1fd11cd602bac4dc

PE image details

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