Windows 8: How to install Desktop Gadgets

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One of the missing features in Windows 8 is the desktop gadget. Gadgets are those little tools accessible on your desktop that allows you to place information-related app such as the Clock, Meteo, CPU meter, etc. These were introduced in Windows Vista and improved later under Windows 7.

Windows 8 Desktop gadgets

Unfortunately, Desktop gadgets were not welcomed on Windows 8. Microsoft believes that Gadgets no longer makes sense with the introduction of tiles in Windows 8. In addition to that, Gadgets can pose a security risk to users. In July 2012, Microsoft released a security advisory to recommend users to disable Gadgets completely. The official desktop gadget directory has also been retired. This means that Windows Vista and Windows Seven users will no longer be able to install these Desktop Gadgets too.

Despite their disappearance, it is still possible to install Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8 and previous OS version by using unofficial ways.

Bring Gadgets back in Windows 8 with 8GadgetPack

8GadgetPack is small utility that allows you to reinstate the famous gadgets for Windows Vista/ 7 on the Microsoft’s latest Operating System, Windows 8. Once installed, you will see the familiar Vista sidebar on the right on your desktop. (Rest assured, the Charm Bar will still be active!)

Windows 8 Gadget

8GadgetPack is currently shipped with more than 40 gadgets for you to play with. Apart from the traditional gadgets such as clock, weather, calendar or slideshow, you will also find useful gadgets that display detailed and real-time information about your disk drives, processor load, temperature etc.

To add a new gadget, simply right-click on the sidebar and select Add Gadgets. You will then be able to browse and pick up your favorite gadgets.

  • Mantrajee

    I missed those gadgets found on previous Windows version. I’ll try to restore these gadgets on my Windows 8 machine and see if it works :)

  • Curpen

    The first thing I did after installing the sidebar gadget is how much they consume.

    When I saw that is consumes almost 8% of my RAM, I removed it immediately.

    Anyway it’s really not something that I will miss. :)

  • Pedrito

    I ran gadgets OK in win 8 Pro until 2 days ago. After the latest Microsoft updates it’s a no go. Any clue what to do?