Orange Calendar gadget?

Okay, I admit it.  I like the calendar gadget in Windows 7/Vista.  Yes, I know Windows will show you the date down in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  But that’s just the date.  I like seeing the full month.

One day, the calendar gadget on my Vista laptop turned orange.  There was no calendar, no number, nothing but a hideous spiral page of orange.  It’s an eyesore.  Since I don’t use my laptop on a daily basis, I turned off the calendar gadget so that my eyes could heal from the garishness of the orange.

Then the calendar gadget on my Windows 7 desktop PC turned orange.  Nothing in the options would get rid of this unsightly orange blotch on my screen.  Rebooting did not fix the problem.  Adjusting video settings did nothing.  It was time for the gloves to come off.

I began doing a few searches and found out that I’m not alone in loathing the orangeness.  It’s happened a lot of other people, too.  And there are lots of fixes out there.  I know…I tried several of them before running across the one that fixed it for me.  The fix I found isn’t even in a new post, and it isn’t on a Microsoft page.

The folks over at http://www.winhelponline.com posted a fix here: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/calendar-gadget-sidebar-blank-orange-background/ which I’ll sum up:

  1. Run a command prompt in administrative mode
  2. In the administrative mode command prompt window, type (or paste) this and press Enter:
    regsvr32.exe vbscript.dll
  3. Click on OK in the registration dialog box
  4. Reboot Windows and enjoy your calendar gadget once again.

There are other things on that page to try if this method doesn’t work for you.  Fortunately for me, this has banned that hideous orange blob from my desktop.

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