When I reviewed the Internet Explorer 11 final release for Windows 7, I never expected it to become this popular. The core reason for this was not the availability of the latest version of IE11 on Microsoft's most popular operating system Windows 7, but the fact that a lot of users had issues with it.
Several users reported that desktop widgets were missing or not displaying properly anymore after the browser was updated to Internet Explorer 11.
The browser did not cause any issues on Windows 8 in this regard, which is understandable considering that Microsoft did remove the gadgets option from the desktop part of the operating system.
So what is the fix? Apparently, gadget display issues are caused by DPI settings that are not set to default values.
You can check your system's DPI settings in the following way (on Windows 7):
If you have selected Medium or Larger, or modified the DPI in the Registry for even higher values, you will run into gadget display errors on the system.
To test if this is really the cause switch the setting to 100% and log off and on again. The gadgets should display fine now on the system. You can modify the setting again at any time though.
So, the core fix is to change the DPI setting to the default value. While that makes the gadgets appear again in the right location and without display issues, it may also reduce the usability of the system for you.
It seems possible to modify individual gadgets instead to make them compatible. The core reason for them not being displayed properly on the system appears to be DPI locking.
Ghacks reader DrDivan55 found a way to resolve the issue for individual gadgets without having to modify the system's DPI setting in the process.
If someone has custom language packs installed, don't forget to modify the XML file in the corresponding language folders.
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