Weather Gadget Fix

The Windows sidebar weather gadget stopped working this morning on my work PC. All it showed was the message “cannot connect to service“. A simple fix was posted by Kot86 on the Tech Support Guy forums (full thread here).

Basically all you do is:

  1. Close the gadget
  2. Open C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindows LiveServicesCacheConfig.xml in a text editor
  3. Save the file without changing anything
  4. Wait about 20 seconds
  5. Add the gadget back