RSS Gadget

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John Lukach

Feed Headlines for Windows Gadget Platform on Windows 7 x64

Windows Gadget Platform allows the Feeds Headlines (RSS) mini-program to be displayed on the desktop. The RSS Gadget determines which feeds and how many to display from settings stored in the C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Settings.ini file. These feeds are managed by Internet Explorer using the FeedStore.FeedsDB-MS file found under the C:\ Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Feeds path. Other files organized in sub-folder structures in this directory that normally contain the tilde (~) would indicate independent feeds and content downloaded by the RSS Gadget.

The NTUSER.DAT registry hive contains three keys that automate the feed updates under the Software\Microsoft\Feeds path. SyncStatus is used to enable automatic feed updates based on the yes value of “1”. DefaultInterval lets you determine if the updates should occur every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, 1 day, or 1 week intervals. SynTask correlates to a key in the SOFTWARE registry hive that provides a Last Written time stamp of when the scheduled task last ran to update the feeds under Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\User_Feed_Sychronization{guid}.

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