Sunday, May 10, 2009

Xfire white sidebar fix Windows 7

Because I have had many people ask me for the white sidebar fix, I have decided to write up a Batch File and guide on how to fix it.

Basically the white sidebar problem arises from Xfire not knowing what Win7 is, so it misplaces a few files.

You can try "Typeing in a chat window (any xfire chat window) this command:
If that doesn't work read on.

By default Xfire is installed to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Xfire (if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows there will be no "(x86)")

I have created a batch file to fix this problem download and run by right clicking and choosing "run as administrator"
This batch was written with Default installations in mind, and will not work with custom install paths.

Link to the file.

If you don't trust my batch file, or just want to do it manually, here are the steps to fix Xfire manually:

  1. Close Xfire if its running
  2. Make sure you can get to the ProgramData folder. This folder is hidden by default. If you can't see it don't worry just follow these steps.
  3. Open the Windows Start menu
  4. Choose "Run..." from the right column
  5. Type in %programdata% and press OK (see image below).
  6. The ProgramData folder should now open. If there is no folder named "Xfire" there, create it.
  7. Then open the Xfire folder. By default C:\Program Files (x86)\Xfire (Remember if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows there will be no "(x86)")

Open up two windows and move one window as far left as you can and it will automatically resize to fill in the left half of your screen, then move the other window as right as possible and it will fill that part of screen.

Now you want to move the files and folders listed here to the
%programdata%\Xfire folder :
  • Folders
    • channels
    • downloads
    • Icons
    • screenshots
    • skins
    • sounds
    • templates
    • videos
  • Files
    • Quicktime.qtp
    • Xfire.ini
    • xfire_games.ini
If there are any other fixes I will try to keep this updated.

I hope this help you can always leave comments, here or give suggestions to the Xfire team.


  1. Hello,

    The BAT file has been saved as xxx.BAT.txt meaning it will open in wordpad, and not giving the "Run as Administrator" option.

    Just in case other people are having troubles with it, simply re-save it making sure you change Save as Type to "All Files" and naming it xxx.BAT (without the .txt).

    Then it will work properly.

    Daniel Lynch

  2. Yes depending on how you downloaded the file it may have been changed to a txt file. Like Daniel said just open it in notepad click "Save As" and change the option to "all files" then remove the .txt so it ends in .BAT and save.

    Thank you Daniel

  3. it worked for me !! thanks ! that has been annoying me for a weeks

  4. Thansk, worked perfectly