How to: Enable Windows Vista sidebar when you get the message “Sidebar is managed by system administrator”

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Recently I bought a Sony Vaio laptop that runs Microsoft Windows Vista. When I try to open the Vista sidebar I get an error window saying that “Windows Sidebar is managed by your system administrator”. Even when I tried to run the sidebar.exe (that launches the sidebar) as administrator, I was still getting the same error message. Googling around, I found the fix, which is very simple and requires basic skills of registry editing.

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  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe in the search field and press ENTER
  2. Navigate to the following path:
  3. In the right-pane, delete the value named TurnOffSidebar
  4. Repeat the same in the following path (if there is a sidebar value there):
  5. Exit Registry Editor

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Finally Windows Vista sidebar is up and running as it should from the very beginning!

4 thoughts on “How to: Enable Windows Vista sidebar when you get the message “Sidebar is managed by system administrator”

  1. Russ

    Hey, thanx alot. I didnt have a clue how to do this and twice sent it to the repair men at PC World and twice got it back with it not working. All working now a simple 5 min job….

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