Vista sidebar gadgets stop working — possible fix

I recently bought a new PC running the Microsoft Windows Vista Business 32-bit operating system. After a couple of days, the gadgets in the sidebar stopped working.

I Googled for an answer and came up with numerous posts about an issue with Internet Explorer 8. I decided to just put up with the issue and wait for Microsoft to bring out a patch.

However, I recently changed back to a standard sized font and discovered that the gadgets suddenly started working again. I had set a custom font size at 115%, which is 110 DPI — slightly larger than standard 96 DPI, but less than the large size of 120 DPI. On reverting back to the standard 96 DPI, my sidebar gadgets — including the clock, CPU monitor, calendar and weather — have worked perfectly.

To access this setting, right click on the desktop -> click on personalise -> then change font size (DPI).

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