24 replies on The Best Remaining Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

  1. shle896 says:

    I use Windows 7 and have three glass gadgets that I love – weather, calendar and cpu meter. Here’s a link: http://goo.gl/3CBx

  2. john3347 says:

    I have tried the gadget thing a time or two since Vista first appeared on the scene and just never developed a “warm, fuzzy feeling” for gadgets and quickly abandoned the concept each time. Microsoft’s abandonment of this feature will be no loss to me personally, but it does continue their negative policy of deciding for the user what features they do or do not want rather than giving the user the choice. Bad Microsoft!

    “Of course, when I was in college a computer ate punch cards and filled up a whole room,…” I remember those days – and if one card had one typo, the program simply failed to run. You had to go back through the whole stack of cards to find your error on your own.

    • josil says:

      i remember the bad old days too. we had an operator who liked to shuffle the cards whenever he thought the workload was too great. then, when he returned the deck you could spent your time reorganizing the JCL…in order to give him another shot at you.

  3. Heather says:

    This is really sad to hear. I just got a new computer at work and was trying to replace my gadgets and ran across this page. We’ve developed a couple gadgets for our company and everyone here loves them. I hope they will be able to be used somehow in Windows 8. Since Microsoft no longer maintains the gadget gallery, I’ll have to start collecting the good ones at work.

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Windows 8 will bring the new Metro interface, a completely new Start Screen and an Apps Store. I’m pretty sure there will be an equivalent of today’s desktop gadgets. However, the name will change for sure. 🙂

  4. Kevin says:

    System Monitor is alright, but you can’t beat the gadget called “Computer Status.” It’s sleek and features a lot of good info, and it comes with an Internet radio too and a built-in Recycle Bin manager.

  5. Jeeepers says:

    All hail Rainmeter. Once you figure out how to edit those skin .ini config files you never go back to common widgets or gadgets. Hell my win7 will not even show gadgets anymore. It quit doing so about a year and a half ago. Rainmeter has all the desktop eye candy you could want. Get your skins at Deviant Art or Customize.org.

  6. TheBoxCutter says:

    First thing I want to say is sidebar on vista bites for gadgets but win7 Desktop gadgets can be placed anywhere and looks better,I dont know why microsoft doesn’t promote more coding of these items. Windows 8 looks like its for simpletons….I dont want my pc to look or work like some ipad,win8 is goofy and wont be running in my world. Better get your Barbie lunch box out if you want win8.

    • shle896 says:

      I agree with you about Windows 8. Normally I am the type of guy who downloads beta programs and early releases of operating systems, but Windows 8 looks so damned ugly, I’m sticking with Windows 7. I would rather Microsoft release an SP 2 for Windows 7 (with some additional features) than introducing yet another OS. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

      • Joel Linco says:

        You’re 100% right. I think Windows 7 should have an SP upgrade. Windows 8 looks kinda funny. I mean for someone who likes to tinker a lot, Windows 8 looks too “Barbie-ish”.

    • john3347 says:

      Hasn’t every new OS from Microsoft since Windows 2000 been much more childish looking and acting like children wrote them? Windows 7 and, from what I’m reading, Windows 8 are no exceptions.

  7. Keith says:

    OK, so I’m lazy, but my fav gadget/widget is battery ’cause I really hate lookin for something when I know where it is. That weather one is nice too, & clock. OH and what’s wrong with windows is that they don’t know where they’re going, just like our gov. lol, guess I’m a lil old school but what are they thinking…

  8. J Krishnan says:

    Had to do list in my windows 7 laptop earlier. Now it is gone. I must have paid atleast something for it from my software price, built into the laptop price. Will microsoft compensate for taking back what was initially paid for ? Now google desktop is there.

  9. Quintilla Shoulders says:

    HTC home is a virus!!!!!!!!!!


    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      It is not a virus. It is just a wrongly marked as a virus by a minority of security products. As an example, only 5 out of 42 security products used by Virus Total to scan files will say it is a suspicious file.

  10. Thomas says:

    One of my favorite gadgets was the 24 clock, the one that the numbers looked like the numbers on the TV series 24 with Keifer Sutherland, if anyone has seen it let me know, I would like to download it.

  11. munni says:

    nice but i have already these gadgets

  12. Jo Dam says:

    HTC Home (clock/weather) installs as a program, which sits in the taskbar when open. Doh!
    I wish it was a W7 gadget, bu unfortunately it’s not.
    And you have to be sure to untick two seperate pages of toolbar installs, before going ahead.
    And Comodo antivirus flags it up, although apparently that is a common issue.

    • Marte Brengle says:

      HTC Home may well have changed since I wrote the review. You can see the screen shot of it from my computer, which shows what it did then.

      Unfortunately one of the things programmers love to do these days is add on all those ridiculous toolbars. I guess that’s how they hope to make money.

  13. Nick says:

    Сan I use gadgets от Windows 10. It’s true?

    • Marte Brengle says:

      That site certainly makes it appear as though you can use gadgets, but I have no personal experience with it. As with anything of that nature, use it with appropriate caution.

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