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    Windows gadgets(weather)

    Can't connect did the usual stopped windows gadgets in control panel restarted comp.
    then restarted windows gadgets says can't connect.
    tried windows fixit that didn't fixit.
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    ...everything else is ok, correct? I had the same problem for quite awhile with my gadgets in one of my laptops. If I can remember just how that was solved -- I will post here. Otherwise, I'll wait along with you, to learn from others to fix that [again].
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    yes everything else works
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    I searched for "Cannot connect to service" and found it in C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\Weather.Gadget\en-US\js\localizedStrings.js and references to an ActiveX object.

    Looking at the jscript code in C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\Weather.Gadget\en-US\js\weather.js it looks like the Weather gadget first determines the location of your PC then sends a request to a MSN Weather service for local weather data.

    If you right-click on the Weather gadget and choose Options you may find, like me, you are unable to change or search for a location.
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    I suspect Microsoft have either turned off the location API (which I guess is/was accessed by the ActiveX object) or turned off the MSN Weather service (or both) now that Microsoft no longer support the Windows Gadget platform (due to concerns about security, i.e. malware in third-party gadgets).

    Hope this helps explain why (I think) the Weather gadget can no longer connect.
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2015-02-08 at 10:08.

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    Rick:
    I think that is a good conclusion since my girlfriends weather gadget stopped connecting also, approx. a week ago.

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    yup i agree but would have been nice to be informed from them thank you
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    It would have been nice to be informed that they were going to use your location information and send that information to a service you may not want to use.

    cheers, Paul

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    The Gadgets which got information from the Web have all been disabled indefinitely due to MS finding a security flaw in the data acquisition mechanism which could be used to download malware and/or hijack a PC.

    I guess MS may not bother to fix what has turned out to be a not very popular way of doing things (in terms of the number of Gadgets which have been produced - they haven't "taken off" like smartphone apps have).

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    My thanks for your efforts on my behalf. Gerry

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    The fix here: Weather widget replacement for Windows 7 | Post #28 Might be helpful.

    There are several ways to fix, but right now the challenge is to make it stick because it seems there is something about Windows Updates that keeps killing the widget.


    Related:
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    Thank you Anak, I can confirm that this works.

    1. Close the weather gadget.
    2. Open the following with your default notepad editor: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml
    3. Make no changes and simply click file->save and then exit.
    4. Re-open the gadget and it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Thank you Anak, I can confirm that this works.

    1. Close the weather gadget.
    2. Open the following with your default notepad editor: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml
    3. Make no changes and simply click file->save and then exit.
    4. Re-open the gadget and it should work.

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    Unfortunately it didn't work for me. On #2, I opened notepad and pasted in the string. On #3, when I click file->save, it wants a file name and place to save it. On #4. the gadget ( upon restarting it ) is exactly the same. nada

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    Strange... I literally didn't do anything except open the Config.xml file in Notepad and click on Save then close Notepad again.

    I've attached my Config.xml file from C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache in case you want to try replacing yours.

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    Somehow I get the feeling that I'm missing something in my procedure.
    1. Close the weather gadget.
    I clicked the "X" and closed it.
    2. Open the following with your default notepad editor: %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml
    I opened notepad and pasted the string into it.
    3. Make no changes and simply click file->save and then exit.
    I clicked file->save and it asks me for a file name and where to save it ( it wouldn't let me save it or close it any other way ), so I named it weather gadget and saved it to my documents. I think this is where I am missing something.

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    1. Close the Weather gadget.
    2. Open Notepad then, in Notepad, use File > Open.
    3. Navigate to the %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache folder.
    For example, C:\Users\lumpy95\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache.
    4. Change the Search from Text Documents (*.txt) to All Files (*.*), select the Config.xml file then click on the Open button.
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    (If you don't see an AppData folder it's because it's hidden by default. To show the folder, do the following:
    a) Open an Explorer window.
    b) Click on Organize.
    c) Select Folder and search options.
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    d) Select the View tab.
    e) Change the option to Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
    f) Click on the Apply button.
    g) Click on the Apply to all folders button.
    h) Click on the OK button to dismiss the dialog. The AppData folder will now show up in Notepad's File > Open dialog.
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    i) Close (or minimise) the Explorer window.
    5. Once you have the Config.xml file open in Notepad, don't do anything but click on File > Save.
    6. Close Notepad.
    7. Re-open the Weather gadget.
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2015-02-25 at 14:24.

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