Nov 3rd, 2012: SkypeGadget has been discontinued.

Read more about this and see the SkypeGadget memorabilia, here. SkypeGadget will remain available for download on this page.

  1. Features
  2. System requirements
  3. Installation
  4. Download
  5. Running on Windows on 64bits
  6. Future version
  7. Support and feedback
  8. Donation
  9. Changelog

SkypeGadget is a Windows 7/Vista Sidebar Gadget that allows Skype users to call/chat to their contacts directly from Sidebar.

1. Features

  • Contact list
  • Show/hide offline, SkypeOut and/or Call Forward contacts
  • Call/chat to a contact
  • End call
  • Open Skype
  • Two display modes (8 or 16 contacts at a time)
  • Double click starts a chat/call
  • Displays contact status (Available, SkypeMe, Away, etc.)

2. System requirements

  • Windows 7 or Windows Vista
  • Skype
  • Internet connection
  • Administrative rights on the first run (in order to register Skype4COM)

3. Installation

  1. Download the gadget from one of the links below.
  2. Run the file
  3. If, on the first run, it displays a message that Skype4COM is not registered click the link on the gadget, close the gadget and reopen it.
  4. That’s it.

4. Download

The current stable version 1.4 can be downloaded from Download or (The official Sidebar Gadgets page from Microsoft).

Running on Windows on 64bits

Skype Gadget uses Skype4COM.dll in order to communicate with Skype. This component can only run on 32 bits so in order to use the gadget on a 64 bits OS you need to run the Sidebar as a 32 bits application.

This can be done as following:

  1. Go to the sidebar properties and uncheck the “Start sidebar when windows starts” checkbox.
  2. Open the “Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar” folder and launch the sidebar from there. Now you have the 32 bits version running.
  3. Go to this new sidebar’s properties and check “Start sidebar when windows starts”.
  4. Add th gadget on sidebar.

Thanks to Michael for this great tip!

6. Future version

The Alpha 1 version is now available for download!

I decided to not develop version 2 anymore because a lot of people are using version 1 and there seems to be no need for an improved version.

You can still download version 2 Alpha1 from Download Iconhere.

7. Support and feedback

If you have any problems and/or suggestions for SkypeGadget please feel free to …

  • … add a comment on this page
  • … send an e-mail at: skypegadget [monkey tail] victorhurdugaci {dot} com
  • … follow SkypeGadget on Twitter: @SkypeGadget

8. Donation

Like this gadget and want to support it?

Donations removed due to legal reasons. However, SkypeGadget is still free :)

9. Changelog

Version 1.4 (yes, it is after 2.0 A1)

  • Support for Skype 4

Version 2.0 Alpha 1

  • First release of the new interface.
  • New contact list.
  • Hide Skype window after placing a call.
  • Contacts are sorted by status and name.

Version 1.3:

  • Bug fix: Long contact name wrapping
  • New color for selected item
  • Option to show/hide SkypeOut contacts

Version 1.2:

  • Big contact list option
  • Sorted contacts
  • Minor bug fixes


  1. matt on June 20th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    really love your gadget and it works fine on my laptop vista 32, but i cant get it to work on my desk top vista 64? it tells me it isnt registered… i click the link and restart it but it doesnt work…please help as i love it



  2. Victor on June 20th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Hi Matt,

    Unfortunately this gadget won’t work on x64 because it is using Skype4COM (a component provided by Skype) which doesn’t have a 64 bit version yet.

    Best regards.

  3. Mike on June 26th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Only problem with version 1.2 is that you cannot turn off SkypeOut contacts. Its usually useless to have them displayed. Even worse contact list isnt ordered by type of contact, so I end up with mixed list of regular online skype contacts and SkypeOut contacts, several pages long. And some online contacts are i.e. on page 7/9. Can you make version like 1.3 with SkypeOut contacts turned off, before v 2.0 is done please. :-) Otherwise great gadget, thanks.

  4. Michael on June 28th, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I have the same problem as the 2 posters above. I have 64-bit vista as well and can’t seem to register it. I would really like to use this gadget as I use skype quite frequently.

  5. Victor on June 29th, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Unfortunately, Skype4COM will not run on any x64 operating system until next year. If you want to monitor the status of Skype4COM x64 development follow this link.

    I will try a work around and see I can make the gadget run on x64.

  6. Garrett on July 4th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I am running on 32bit Vista on my Acer 5100 laptop, nothing seems to register, installed it twice. Runs in bar but displays nothing )-: Does it require the IE Skype Plugin?

  7. Victor on July 4th, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Is Skype running? Did you click “register” on the first run?

  8. Michael on July 13th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Hello all x64 Vista users out there.

    As mentioned correctly above, the Skype4COM dll runs only in 32 Bit mode. If you want to use the gadget, you will have to start the sidebar in x32 mode.

    This can be done as follows:
    * go to the sidebar properties and uncheck the ‘Start sidebar when windows starts’ checkbox.
    * go to the ‘Progam Files (x86)’ folder and there to the ‘Windows Sidebar’ folder. This is the x32 Version of the sidebar (The x64 version resides under ‘Program Files’). Launch the sidebar from there
    * Go to the properties again and check the autostart checkbox. From now on, the x32 Version will be started instead of the x64 one.

    Now, you can add the gadget as usual. Enjoy.

    BTW, thanks for the great gadget!

  9. stahPL on July 19th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Michael, you are the best :)))


    Works great :)

  10. Andy on August 25th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Hi, this is a great gadget. Skypegadget 2 looks cool, but I do hope you will keep the version 1 as a download. I really don’t want ALL my skype-functions in my sidebar, I just want most used functions which takes as little space as possible – for that your version 1 is perfect.

    (You might consider still offering a light version – or having the tabs as a setting?)

  11. skypeUser on August 28th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Great job, thanks

  12. Lindsay on September 11th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hi there,

    Great gadget! Is it possible to sort the contacts by status? I use Skype a lot at work but would prefer to see the 5 or 6 contacts that are on line for my work group, rather than sorted alphabetically.

    Thanks! Lindsay

  13. Lindsay on September 11th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Hello again,

    Any timescales for release of V2?

    Regards, Lindsay

  14. Victor on September 11th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Sorting by status is not possible in the current version. I will take this into account for v2.

    What do you mean by “timescales” ?

    Best regards!

  15. Nicu on September 16th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    very nice indeed

  16. Michael on September 18th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    create job, really

    i like your gadget, the first gadget that make sence to use.

    About timescales, i guess Lindsay want to know when the v2 will be finshed.

  17. Michael on September 22nd, 2008 at 9:33 am

    why is my comment deleted?

    so again,

    great tool, many thanks for that.

    When will v2 be available?

  18. Victor on September 25th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Your comment was not deleted, it was waiting for approval :)

    V2 will probably be available in a 2-3 weeks

  19. Oliver on October 8th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Will V2 also be able to send sms to the skypeout-contacts ?

  20. Victor on October 11th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Oliver, I will take your idea in consideration but I can’t tell you if this will be a feature or v2

  21. Digital404 on October 17th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    i love the skype gadget i have few idea’s for the newest version if it ever be released

    1. status change
    2. skin change (optional)
    3. search skype (optional)
    4. background change (optional)

    awesome job

  22. Digital404 on October 17th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Also can you add micro size skype dial buttons so when someone press the keys skype will auto dial

  23. jimmy89 on October 29th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    it doesn’t seem to work with skype 4 beta

  24. Barry on November 14th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I have just loaded you skype sidebar.

    Calling is fine but I cannot get chat to work.

    I have checked the box in option which says double click starts chat, but nothung comes up to type into

    Is this possible yet or in the next version?

  25. ianr on November 21st, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Hi there,
    Whenever I use the dialpad to enter numbers the +1 is always prepended to the number. My default countrycode is +44, is there any way to change the default location setting?


  26. Tina on November 22nd, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    says skype is not running and/or logged in but doesnt give me a log in option

  27. Polito33 on November 22nd, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Some problems to transfer the contacts.

  28. afee on November 29th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I have the same problem as Tina

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  30. guyrab on December 1st, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Hey there,
    wonderful gadget (Skype Gadget),
    but I have been searching like a madman for a gadget that combines MSN and Skype. It doesn’t exist.

    a Gap in the market? Maybe a good opportunity to do something about it, I know a lot of people that use skype but won’t install msn on theit computers due to the security holes,… but sometimes you need to communicate to somebody else and most of the WWW community is sadly using MSN messesnger :-(

  31. Izo on December 4th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    This seems a great and useful gadget but why does it needs 50% of CPU on every update (5seconds)?

  32. Victor on December 8th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    On every 5 seconds it refreshes the contact list. That’s why the CPU Load goes to 50%.

    I’m sorry about that but I don’t have control over Skype4COM.

  33. Mark on January 3rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    After trying alpha I didn’t like the scroll bar and I was unable to change the size of the bar or customise it re hide offline contacts etc. Uninstalled and reinstalled v1.3 but now v1.3 is not loading.

  34. Mark on January 3rd, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Installed v1.3 as for a single user and now is showing and working.

  35. Amirul on January 20th, 2009 at 3:36 am


  36. PeterJvM on January 23rd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Love 1.3
    2 alpha 1 I uninstalles it because:
    1) no settings menu, so I could not use any filtering
    2) contact list looks messy (my screen res is 1600×1200)
    3) hate the new color scheme

    Thanks, keep up the good work, as 1.3 is way better than anything else made by other developers.

  37. Eva on January 30th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I really love your gatget. I decided to change to windows sidebar because of it.
    But is it possible to add a adjustment like “sort by alphabet…. by status (online/ absence/ offline)”?? then your gatget would be perfect for me.


  38. Monil on February 2nd, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I am using 1.3. When switch pages, it takes more time to refress. also improve the page scrolling with mouse scrolling.
    Option should be there for nunber of contact to display.

  39. Monil on February 2nd, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I am using 1.3.

    The gadget is very good.

    When switch pages, it takes more time to refress. also improve the page scrolling with mouse scrolling.

    Option should be there for nunber of contact to display.

    Don’t feel bad. This is what i need from this gadget.


  40. rob on February 10th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    great app! would like to see a text box for searching contacts as in skype gui

  41. Mike on February 12th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Hey, dont know if this has been suggested before, but it would be cool to be able to only show contacts from a specific group from skype. That way I could make a skype group of all my favourite numbers/contacts and have the gadget display those only for easy calling. Great gadget by the way, made me enable the sidebar again :)

  42. mukund on February 12th, 2009 at 8:34 am


  43. mukund on February 12th, 2009 at 8:36 am

    i use this app. and this is verry special gadget

  44. JFS on February 12th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    No matter what I do I get the following massage on both versions: Skype is not runnig or not isigned in.

    I am runnig skype and it is signed in.

  45. Victor on February 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    What version of Vista are you running?
    The operating system is 32 or 64 bits?
    What version of Skype are you running?

  46. kody on February 16th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    i have the same problem as jfs

    vista-home premium



  47. Victor on February 16th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    SkypeGadget is not supporting, yet, Skype v4.

    Sorry. Hope will have time soon to fix this

  48. Clint on February 19th, 2009 at 4:53 am

    HI Victor,
    Your Skype gadget is the best by far!!!! Today I installed Skype 4 and of course I can now see from these messges that it does not work with yur fabulous gadget. Hope you can make it work soon. Its only been 3 hours without your gadget and I cant believe how much i miss it. I knew i used it a lot but like a junkie I need it back working. Please help.

  49. Josh Davis on February 19th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Victor,

    I’ve figured out how to fix both versions of your gadget to work with Skype V4.0.0.206. All anyone needs to do is download the latest version of the Skype4COM from here:
    Then run your \regwrapper.bat\ file to register the new .dll
    And bingo both gadget versions work again.
    Thanks for the wicked gadgets!!!!


  50. Jon on February 25th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Hi Josh,

    Is it possible to give more detailed step by step instructions? I have download the zip file to desktop but what do you do from there exactly?


  51. Akshay on March 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 am

    hi i am just trying out.

  52. Stuart25 on March 5th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Update for Windows Vista KB959772
    This update to the DRM crashed my SkypeGadget, i.e. didn’t show Skype as running or logged in! Only after doing a System restore to before the update did it work again.

    Love the Gadget btw.

  53. Stuart25 on March 5th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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  55. Victor on March 8th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    SkypeGadget is now supporting Skype 4!

  56. Unknown on March 8th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Does it support Windows7? :)

  57. Timotei Dolean on March 8th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Super cool! Congratulations with this gadget!

  58. Victor on March 8th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Quote: Does it support Windows7? :)

    I don’t know. Haven’t tried it.
    If you tried could you give me some more info?

  59. Flashfox on March 22nd, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I have been using 1.3 then 1.4. I like Alpha 1 and hope that I will have the same settings customization as with 1.4 (do not display users who are off-line, etc.). Suggestion: Offer the choice of background colors. I prefer the black background.

  60. Milan P. on April 3rd, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hey, great work. I like your gadget. But please, make the contact list resizeable. I cant use it like this. It’s too big. I usualy have 2 or 3 contact online, I don’t need so much space. Thanks in advance ;)

  61. Simon on April 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    The gadget (V1.4) always seen to miss a couple of my contacts. It can show 8 at a time and I have 10 contacts. It shows Page 1/1 when I expected it to show 1/2 and let me move to page 2.
    Other than that I like it.

  62. Victor on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    @Simon: Could you tell me if the two contacts that do not appear have a special status like (skype out) or they are from outlook contacts?

    @everyone: I am taking notes with your requests. However until July I cannot upgrade SkypeGadget because I must work on my bachelor thesis/project.

  63. Jim on April 8th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I love the app, but one thing I am struggling with is new chat notification. Skype 4 plays a sound, and the system tray icon changes, but it is hard to notice. I was hoping your app would provide some notification of incoming chat/calls or missed chat/calls (change background color or change the S and Skype text in the header area). Any plans for this? Thanks for the app!

  64. Lars on April 11th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I have installed the gadget V1.4, but if i start it, it shows only an error that “Skype4COM.dll is not registered. If you have administrative rights, click the link below in order to register this file.”

    My System is Vista32 and i am logged as administrator.
    After click the link there comes the message that restart of the gadget needed. Done it, but it shows the first error message again.
    Then i have downloaded the newest Skype4COM.dll (Skype4COM- and copy it into the wrapper directory. After that i start the batch to register it. Done, with no errors.
    I started the gadget again, but it shows me the same error as before – again and again.

    What can i do to get run the gadget??

  65. hamid1975 on April 18th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    a am hire

  66. LCD on May 10th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for your Gadget!
    1.4 runs well on Vista 32 with Skype
    2.0 alpha doesn’t work on my system. I only see my contacts for a second after I hit the list-button with a left-click. After that they are all invisible for me again.

  67. Victor on May 10th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks LCD for your notification. I forgot to update 2.0 alpha to the latest SDK. Will do this soon

  68. Dwight Betts on May 13th, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Seems like a great gadget, wish I could get it installed. The directions DO NOT WORK for me on Vista 64 bit modifications. Just a bunch of frustration.

    Now the codes need some work TOO! What jibberish, even with 20/20.

  69. Piep on May 19th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I would like to see a MUTE button.
    This would be extremeley handy when using Skype for conference calls, which I do a lot!

    cheers! And keep up the good work!

  70. Marton on May 23rd, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Nice gadget, one of my favourites. (version 1.4)
    I have only one problem with it. Every few seconds, when it gets its data from Skype, it puts quite a strain on my single core CPU which makes video stutter (even with CPU usage maxing out below 70%) . If I set the sidebar’s priority to low the problem is solved. Maybe a future version can improve on this.

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  72. Andy on July 15th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Nice gadget, however, be aware that in Windows 7, there is not the option to change the version of the sidebar that runs at startup in the same method as with Vista. You must make registry changes, and running the 32-bit version will prevent some of the Microsoft gadgets that ship with Windows 7 from running (such as the weather app). Is there any way to create a 64-bit version of the dll? Not sure what langauge you have written it in, or what calls you make, but adding “serializable” should allow it to work under 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

    But apart from that, it is a nice application but I’m afraid I wont be using this gadget due to its incombatibility with 64-bit. Hopefully this can be sorted though, and I wish you all the best in this endevour.



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  74. Steve Melnikoff on August 14th, 2009 at 2:42 am


    I tried v1.4 on Vista 64, but got the DLL registration issue, and couldn’t get past that.

    I also tried the alpha version. When opening it, it used up 100% CPU resource for a few seconds, then stated that Skype wasn’t running, even though it was.

    I think this looks like a really useful tool – but alas, not yet on Vista 64 :-(

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  76. rajiv ranjan on October 11th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    free telephone operation.

  77. Tshewang lama on October 22nd, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    plz make easy to fill

  78. John Meyer on November 4th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Yes, I’d like a Windows 7 64 bit version as well. Any chance soon?
    Can you let me know?


  79. jon on November 14th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    anyone else having trouble ending calls? Is it a windows 7 thing? Also, is Skype supposed to be runnng at the same time as the Skype gadget?

  80. Victor on November 14th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Hello jon,

    Yes, Skype needs to run all the time you want to use the gadget.

    Can you be more specific about your problem? What is not working? What is the version of Windows 7 you are using?

  81. Zorgoban on November 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Hi! Nice Gadget! Where can I get the source for it?

  82. Victor on November 21st, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    @Zorgoban: change the .gadget extension to .zip

  83. Peter Au on January 21st, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Is it working on Window 7?

  84. Victor on January 22nd, 2010 at 12:18 am

    @Peter Au: Yes, is working (version 1.4)

  85. Flashfox on January 25th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    The current Skype desktop widget does not auto-refresh in Windows 7 Professional. I need to right-click, select options then exit for it to update. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling with the same results. By the way, how do I check the version number?

  86. Victor on February 6th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    @Flashfox: right click the desktop, go to gadgets and check there the version of SkypeGadget

  87. Purplepooki on March 6th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I cannot get version 1.4 to work on my laptop at all. I click the link a box flashes on the screen and I close and restart the gadget. I get the same message about registering. I am running Windows 7 and yes everything is up to date. I just bought this laptop this week.

  88. Victor on March 7th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Purplepooki, are you using a 64 bit version of Windows?

  89. Langi2k on March 7th, 2010 at 3:08 am

    For 64 bit Windows 7
    1. open Task Manager and end Process sidebar.exe
    2. Open the “Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar” folder and launch the sidebar from there. Now you have the 32 bits version running
    3. Add th gadget on sidebar.

  90. Purplepooki on March 7th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Thank you I will give it a try.

  91. paul on March 16th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    to Langi2k thx man u got the solution to win7 64bit
    For 64 bit Windows 7
    1. open Task Manager and end Process sidebar.exe
    2. Open the “Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar” folder and launch the sidebar from there. Now you have the 32 bits version running
    3. Add th gadget on sidebar.
    this worked on my comp

  92. hayoung kim on March 26th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Ran 1.3 and 1.4 but they never let me hang up the phone when I click on the red handset.
    I can call out but have to use the Skype interface to hang up not this gadget.
    Am I the only one? I didn’t see anyone else talking about this.
    Running Windows 7 x32 Ultimate. Thanks.

  93. Rocky on April 13th, 2010 at 5:00 am

    … using windows 7 and skype and gadget 1.4……everytime i restart my comp, i got to restart the skype gadget…..can u guys plz do something about it….the gadget doesnt detect once skype is connected to the net…….

  94. dave on April 14th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    windows 7 – 64 bit forever loop trying to register dll – not functional. Should be a separate installer that raises access level request.

  95. laurin on May 1st, 2010 at 7:27 am

    hi i’m trying to run this sidebar & have tried to set it up to run the 32-bit way, it still brings up a message saying to register the file. however, the link doesn’t work. how can i get this thing running!? helP!!!

  96. Flashfox on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Running Windows 7 Professional x86 and the application was running fine until the last reboot. Since then I receive a message that it is not registered, to close the gadget and restart it. Done this several times and even rebooted with the same result. Any ideas as to what I might be missing?

  97. Flashfox on May 22nd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Any new information regarding Skype4COM.dll? Keeps on telling me it not registered. Used to work fine until May 3rd (rebooted then lost it). As noted in my earlier message, I am running Windows 7 Professional x86.

  98. Victor on May 23rd, 2010 at 12:34 am

    @Flashfox: I don’t know how to reproduce your problem. You could try registering the DLL manually by running “regsvr32″ in a console with administrative privileges and passing the Skype4COM.dll as argument. That’s the only possible solution I have.

    What happened in the session from May3rd before rebooting? Any major changes in the OS?

    BTW, what version of SkypeGadget are you using?

  99. Sagar on May 30th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Good Gadget…

    But I wish there would be a option for sorting contact with status,
    as if I hide offline contact, the person who is invisible but i know he/she is online so to call them I have to goto skype and call them.

  100. slim ninja on June 1st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    for some reason it dosen’t work for windows 7

  101. lina on June 29th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    hi, i use windows 7, and when i click the link to register, then close the gadget, re open, nothing happen. The message is always the same, that i must click the link to register. i use skype gadget 1.3. pls help…

  102. Victor on June 29th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    @lina: Please use the latest version of the gadget (1.4). Then, you should be able to register the COM component.

  103. lina on June 29th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    sorry if my question sounds silly, but i have already succeed to install and register it, but the message is ‘skype is not working and / or not logged in’
    what should i do?

  104. Victor on June 30th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Lina, what version of Skype and Windows are you using?

  105. franky on July 4th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    i have the same Problem i can not register the skype4com.dll I am running Windows Ultimate 64 and skype 4.2 (newest Version) and skype gadget 1.4 i registert as admin but still no luck

  106. dixit on July 6th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    it is nice

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    Help!! I just download latest skype and this SkypeGadget and installed them! After I lauch SkypeGadget, my Gadget ” Platform” can not function. What’s wrong!!!

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  110. Majid Gorjizadeh on July 16th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Hi.I hope it will be helpfull.

  111. IsmSal on July 21st, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Dear sir
    I have windows 7 professional and me either not working I tried to register it (administrator user) but still gives me “Skype4COM is not registered”.

  112. vinoth on August 5th, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    to Langi2k thx man u got the solution to win7 64bit
    For 64 bit Windows 7
    1. open Task Manager and end Process sidebar.exe
    2. Open the “Program Files (x86)Windows Sidebar” folder and launch the sidebar from there. Now you have the 32 bits version running
    3. Add th gadget on sidebar.
    this worked on my comp

    Thanks Victor you did it easy. But i wish it works every time with no hassle and with no repeating of above procedure every time i restart or log off and come in.

    But in addition, i would like to tell u something..
    I use windows home premium (64bit), i have pinned skype to task bar with auto start & auto log in everytime i start my comp (i live in UK, so wifi will help me to stay online always). So, i dont think i use this gadget most. But love the way designed and done.

  113. vinoth on August 5th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    To other friends who struggle with “Skype4COM is not registered”, i would ask you to try the above step, and so can help you. I had the same for long, i even tried 5time and got fedup. Then i was even ready to uninstall it, just then this forum helped me.

    For all, who use the above steps and got worked out, plz re-post. So someone one who needs may be helped.

  114. M.Wilson on August 17th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Like the gadget: Needs a couple of quick features.

    1) a way to quick select it in phone mode so a clipped number can be pasted, or call a clipped number right away.
    2) Ability to send tones for selecting extensions, entering info in automated systems.
    3) Hang up button does not work with skype 5 (beta)
    4) in contact list, ability to type 1 or 2 characters and have it display only contacts containing the sub-string (anywhere in the name)

    Link to version 2 not working anymore.

  115. M.Wilson on August 17th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Also needs to accept number pad keystrokes even if entry window is not selected. Send tones from keypad as well. :)

    Does make quick calls easier though. Very nice.

  116. Hein on August 23rd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    To have the 32bit version of the sidebar starting with Windows:
    1. Make sure the sidebar autostarts (goto properties and check the “Start sidebar when windows starts” checkbox).
    2. Start regedit from the start menu.
    3. In the left pane, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    4. In the right pane, right click on Sidebar and select Modify…
    5. Change the Value data to C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRun
    by adding ” (x86)” (including the space) behind Program Files.
    6. Exit regedit and restart your computer.

  117. Chanda on September 1st, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Hey I down loaded this desktop gadget because it seemed cool but I cant get it to run! I have window 7 64 bit. i click the link to register and then close the app then open it again and it keeps giving me the same instructions can you help me please?

  118. Sagar Patil on September 30th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    It’s greate

  119. david on December 7th, 2010 at 5:32 pm


    I click the link and restart the gadget but it doesent work. I have windows 7, please help

    best ragards David

  120. Joco1114 on December 20th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I like your gadget, thank you for the work! I would like to suggest a transparent version, with background like this:

  121. Victor on December 20th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    @Joco1114: Feel free to update the gadget file. You can also send it to me for review and if it looks good I will upload it here.

  122. kourosh harandi on December 23rd, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    ihave not idea

  123. Joco1114 on December 25th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    @Viktor: Oh, sorry, I am very “undergraded” in gadgets programming. As I realized, it is not enough to swap backgrounds, but I have to use background.addTextObject function because of transparent backgrounds otherwise I got interesting result.

  124. Joco1114 on December 25th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Here is an example:

  125. Md.Ainal Haque on January 4th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I LIKE IT!!!

  126. Manny on January 4th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I added the gadget and it worked for a day on Windows 7 and I think it is great but then after a restart it gave me the not registered message. I see the work around that people have posted here but will I need to do that every time I restart or is there a way to make it permanent? Thanks

  127. Alex on January 6th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hi, Gadget not work with new skype version Any idea?

  128. darky on January 7th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I would really like to know when it will work with 5.1 just updated and this was the perfect gadget for me. I would love it to work again.

  129. Mike on January 8th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Your Sidebar Gadget (both 1.4 and alpha) worked great up until today. Skype v5.1 was released and it no longer works :( I am looking forward to the update. Many thanks for your hard work!!

  130. Muff Potter on January 11th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    The problem is the property SkypeObject.Client.IsRunning, it returns always false.
    It is not possible to use SkypeObject.Client.Start() and wait for a while.
    A dirty fix is to return always true from IsSkypeRunning. I think the API is not
    working correct.

  131. John on January 11th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Yes, this truly has been a very helpful gadget, especially for someone living overseas. I communicate via skype daily, and knowing who is available via the skype gadget has been such a time saver. Looking forward to the update which gets the skype gadget up and running again with the latest version of skype! Thanks

  132. Victor on January 12th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for feedback guys! I will take a look, during the weekend, at the compatibility problems with the new version of Skype.

    Stay tuned :)

  133. Guido Hassel on January 12th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Greetings from Bavaria/Germany …
    how about a x64 Windows 7 Edition :-) … it would be great.
    Guido from Germany

  134. TumVit on January 15th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    SKYPE has changed the version with 4 on 5… And gadget has ceased to work, and it is a pity. It was pleasant to me. Inform when will correct. I will necessarily download.

  135. Derek on January 17th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I agree with the above post. Updating to Skype v.5 breaks the gadget. Please fix soon, great gadget.

  136. David on January 17th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Installed it but did not get the register option (win7 32bit), reinstalled it but same problem, i don’t get the option to register … any help on this ?

  137. Jackl on January 22nd, 2011 at 1:57 am

    all thumbs up for that gadget!
    But, please fix that problem with the skype v5 version.
    thx in advance

  138. Bug in SkypeGadget | Ex nihilo nihil fit on January 22nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    [...] There is a bug in the Skype client that affects SkypeGadget. See status and workaround here. [...]

  139. Locutus on January 26th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Your workaround no. 3 works perfectly for me.
    I can’t realize any negative effects.

  140. Muff Potter on January 31st, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Hey from Germany,

    the hotfix is out:
    … Today we have released a hotfix for Skype 5.1 for Windows.

    The gadgets works now, no patches or workarounds to use!

  141. Locutus on February 3rd, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I installed v5.1.0.112 but without workaround the gadget still doesn’t recognize if skype is running.

  142. bara on February 15th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    haha thiss is hard

  143. jozef on February 16th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    i dont knw how to use this

  144. catgsmith on February 16th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Skype upgraded to v5.1.0.112 and now the gadget doesn’t recognize if skype is running. I followed instructions to launch on win7 64bit (using 32 bits version of sidebar.exe) to no avail. Any suggestions?

  145. Silvan on February 19th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I had gadged version 1.2
    Updatet skype to and gadget failed to recognize skype running.
    Updatet gadget to 1.4, but still fail.
    Changed line 269 in gadget.js in “return true”
    Now this gadget behaves normal. It now recognizes skype running and says that skype ist not running if skype is off or offline. Nice!

    I love this gadget. Many thanks!

  146. Heiko on March 5th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    have tested the alpha-version on win7 64bit. think its not good. thousands of cmd-windows opens and eating the free memory. as i have 108 processes from there i shut down my pc.

    the hint with line 269 not running for me. not in version 1.2 or in version 1.4
    sidebar starting in 32bit ??? i havent a touchable sidebar… however, i can wait for newer skype or your gadget…

    best regards

  147. CyX BeAtZ on March 19th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I have everyones solution and its very simple!! In Windows 7 i have 64 bit version.. click the start button and type gadget in the box, right click then run as ADMIN!! now run the skype gadget ;) no restart required it connected n syncd while i was on a call :)

  148. morgan on May 9th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    how can i use this??? pls ans. icant do it……. argh

  149. Wilds on May 9th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks Victor for your cool gadget. I allowed myself to make some enhancements:
    – Added option to sort contacts by status and name
    – Moved “big list” function to “large size button” of Windows 7 sidebar.
    – Update Skype4COM to new vesion
    – Changed the background image

  150. Crags on May 24th, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Nice work Wilds! Maybe you could also change the old Skype “Away” moon crescent symbol for the newer “orange” away symbol which would be clearer in the gadget window.

  151. a-a822 on June 4th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    We love acronyms sites like Skype on Alqlari because it saves time and effort thanks to Skype, Windows 7 and 8

  152. a-a822 on June 4th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    We are with the continued development of the system desktop gadget gallery because it saves time and effort Thanks to all based on this development
    Posted on Saturday, 06/04/2011
    sender:Mohammad ajlan

  153. Allan Bautista on June 17th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    The gadgets works now, no patches or workarounds to use!

  154. Allan Bautista on June 17th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    the gadget is unusable!!!

  155. prashanth on June 22nd, 2011 at 4:44 am

    howcan i sign in?

  156. Rod Burchby on June 30th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Have others found this gadget stopped working with Skype

  157. John P on July 3rd, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Yes Rod; gadget appears to have stopped working again since upgrade to Skype

    Previously discussed work-around needs to be applied again. Locate “gadget.js” file associated with this sidebar gadget and edit line 269 to read “return true” (without the quote marks, and I suggest after taking a backup copy of the file first).Stop and restart gadget and it should work well enough to show which of your contacts are online.

  158. Rod Burchby on July 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    John P; Thank you. Works great now.

  159. Carlito on July 5th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Now I also just isntalled the Skype Version and it asked about the Skype4com
    to register which I did, but since then it is only showing “Sykpe is not runing and/or mot logged in”. What can I do ?

  160. Carlito on July 5th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    ok, it worked with editing the line 269.

  161. Andrea on July 9th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I don’t find this file on my computer! I don’t understand why. I searched my computer, but no file. :( I’m using Windows 7. Can someone help me please.

  162. Bessok on July 14th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Good afternoon. Sorry I have such a problem happened in the gadget launches Skype asks for permission for admission to the program, I confirmed then I clicked the gadget is registered file type and on this I have all and froze. Punched disable access to the program but now I can not turn back. Please help how to allow access to the Skype Gadget?

  163. Bessok on July 14th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    All I’m sorry the problem is solved in Skype gadget should be put robotayut then the gadget will work

  164. Victor on July 14th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Bessok, you can change the permissions for applications that access Skype in the following way:

    1. Open Skype then go to Tools -> Options
    2. In the Options window navigate to Advanced -> Advanced Settings
    3. In the bottom part of the window there is a button “Manage other programs’ access to Skype”

    Hope this helps

  165. Bessok on July 14th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    ?????? ??? ???????? ? ?????? ?????? ?? ????? ????? ?????????? ?????? ??????? ????? ???? ???????? ?????? ?? ? ? ???????? ?????????? ? ?? ???? ??? ????? ???????? ???? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ????????? ???????? ??????? ?? ?????…

    Victor there a problem in Skype gadget does not see another solution to the Skype application beater downgrade to and with access to applications, I could not find where to add this gadget but all normal trading in thanks for the help …

  166. helly03 on July 21st, 2011 at 9:30 am

    It doesn’t work for me. I need your help please!

    My system:
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
    Skype version:
    Gadget version: 1.4

    My procedure:
    1) I changed line 269 in the gadget.js to “return true”(C:\Users\…\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\SkypeGadget1.4.gadget\js)
    2) I start the sidebar as an admin (C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar)
    3) Then I go to start -> search -> sidebar -> a window with my gadget pops up -> double click the skype gadget -> gadget opens
    => “Skype$COM.dll is not registered. If you have …”
    4) I click on the link below -> close the gadget -> and restart the gadget as in 3) described
    => The error appears again
    I can do this all day long…

    What am I doing wrong? Please help me!

  167. wtf? on August 20th, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Is there a virus in the download as my avg just want ape sh*t with cmd.exe windows all over my screen constantly popping up after installing. What have you done to my computer man…

  168. vishwa on August 27th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    hi, i have installed the gadget, it asks me to register…later on side bar it states that skype is not running and/or not logged in……..can you tell me how to get logged in skype using this gadget :)

  169. munna raul on August 31st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    hi i have instled the gadget of skype and he askes me to regester the form

  170. sudipta Mondal on September 19th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    hi, i have installed the gadget, it asks me to register…later on side bar it states that skype is not running and/or not logged in……..can you tell me how to get logged in skype using this gadget :)

  171. loulou on September 26th, 2011 at 3:33 am

  172. loulou on September 26th, 2011 at 3:36 am

  173. john on September 28th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    i am using windows 7 n skype is not running what should i do now

  174. Unhappy on September 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Why don’t you fix the problem with the gadget instead of blaming Skype? I mean really, have you considered that people may just send you MONEY? CASH? MOOLA? BUCKEROONIES?

    Seriously dude, it’s so close to being worthwhile, yet so far at the same time.

  175. Sushant Bhatnagar on December 14th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi It doesn’t work for me. I need your help please!

    My system:
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
    Skype version:
    Gadget version: 1.4

    My procedure:
    1) I install gadget . After install , skype ask to give permission to

    sidebar . I give that , but gadget show msg that you are not signin in

    skype while i already sign in in skype .
    2)After that i close sidebar and I changed line 269 in the gadget.js to

    “return true”(C:\Users\…\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets

    3) I start the sidebar as an admin (C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Sidebar)
    3) Then restart sidebar as administrator right , it disaply gadget , now i

    am login in gadget but it dont display online contacts and it hung up.

    4) I am also try an another method , i download latest Skype4COM , copy its

    dll to wrapper folder and register dll.
    5)Then restart sidebar as administrator right , it disaply gadget , now i

    am login in gadget but it dont display online contacts and it hung up.

    What am I doing wrong? Please help me!

  176. Microsoft stellt Windows Sidebar Gadgets ein – TechFokus on December 18th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    [...] der CPU haben möchten, aber wenn man die “.gadget” Dateien für eine übersichtliche Skype Anzeige oder ähnliches haben will, muss man schon tiefer [...]

  177. BISOTTO on February 2nd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    votre effectivement ne marche plus avec la nouvelle version de Skype 5.8
    l’API n’est pas lancée dans Skype Extra…
    Comment faire ?
    merci @+

    your actually no longer works with the new version of Skype 5.8
    the API is not launched in Skype Extra…
    How do I?
    Thank you @ +.

  178. BISOTTO on February 2nd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    your actually no longer works with the new version of Skype 5.8
    the API is not launched in Skype Extra…
    How do I?
    Thank you @ +.

  179. Attila on May 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Don’t worry, be happy, but just, you have been saved!

  180. Attila on May 1st, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Don’t worry, be happy, but just, you are saved!

  181. ABC on May 23rd, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Are you going to update the Skype Gadget to match update of newer skype platfrom and does this work with windows 7 ???

  182. ABC on May 23rd, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Does it work with window 7 and skype and newer version on skype?

  183. Skype ?????? ?? Windows 7 ? Vista « ?????? ?? ????? on May 29th, 2012 at 5:58 am

    [...] ??? ???????? Windows Vista ??? Windows 7, ???-???????? ?????? ?? ?????????????? ?? ??????????? ????? (sidebar) ? ???????? (?????? ??? ?? ????????? gadgets). ???????? ?????? ?????? ??????, ????? ?? ??????? ??? Skype ? ?? ???????? ?? ???? ?????? ?? ???? ?? ???????? ???????????????. ??? ????? ???????? ?????, ???? ?? ?? ?????????? ?? ???? ????? ? ?????? Skype ?????? (????? ?????? ??????? ??????). ??-?????? ?? ?????? ??? ?? ? ???????????, ???? ????? ????? ????????? ????????????? ?? ????????????, ???? ??????? ???? ??? ??????????? ???????? ?? ??????????: Skype Gadget. [...]

  184. B0SS on August 12th, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Can you please updated it for skype 5.X?!

  185. NL.kOx on August 14th, 2012 at 2:56 am


  186. Reggie on August 14th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    This is such a good gadget! Skype is currently at version 5.X although I am still running version 4.0 to use this gadget. Can it be updated to work with the newer version of Skype? I would consider donating some $ to you if it’s possible.

  187. raminmoghaddam on October 3rd, 2012 at 10:22 am

    i cant connect to my skype

  188. RenTenTen on October 14th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    NOTE: For everyone who got the “Skype is not signed in or running”-problem.

    Try using an older version like which can be easily found on Google. The older version worked for me so that the Sidebar Skype Gadget (version 1.4) works now.

    The latest version of Skype ( did not work though.

    I just post this for everyone who might have the same problem, because I did not find an answer so far in these posts.

  189. bori on November 2nd, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    how to connect in skype

  190. kingfrench66 on May 9th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Im currently using:
    Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
    Skype Gadget 1.4
    and Skype v6.3.0.105

    Unfortunately it doesn’t appear on my desktop and when it does it says it’s not registered, I have clicked the link and nothing has happened. Please help me?

  191. kingfrench66 on May 9th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Don’t worry just noticed that this is unfortunately discontinued :(

  192. Daniel on February 6th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Gracias por este increíble Gadget. Me encanta! Buenísima la idea. Espero la versión que siga. Me encantaría ver con qué otra cosa (como poder cambiar el estado del usuario) nos deslumbras. Gracias, gracias, graciasssssssssss

    Thanks for this amazing gadget. Love it! Great idea. I hope version to follow. I’d love to see what else (like being able to change the user status) dazzle us. Thank you, thank you, Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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