Here's a public service announcement: how to reenable Windows weather gadgets. Why, you may ask, should this be a subject for a blog post? Well because 1) Windows weather gadgets are nice and useful, and 2) Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, recently disabled them. Permanently. Sigh.
- In Task Manager, locate sidebar.exe and kill it. Your old, dead, no-longer-updating gadgets will disappear.
- Go to "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache", edit "Config.xml", and save it without making any changes. Yes you read that right, just do it.
- Right-click on your desktop, and select Gadgets. This restarts sidebar.exe and poof! working weather gadgets.
For extra credit, here's how to set or change the location of each gadget:
- In Task Manager, locate sidebar.exe and kill it. Your gadgets will disappear.
- Edit "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Settings.ini". You will see a section for each weather gadget with a WeatherLocation and a WeatherLocationCode. You can change Weather Location to any text you like. To set WeatherLocationCode, visit: https://weather.codes/search/. The codes are eight characters, something like "USCA1228" (Westlake Village, California) or ""MAXX0002" (Antananarivo, Madagascar).
- Right-click on your desktop, and select Gadgets. This restarts sidebar.exe and poof! updates made.
PS this particular subject is a case study in useless misinformation spread all over the Internet. Honestly people, if you don't know what you're talking about, stop talking.