The concept of desktop gadgets has been around for some time, and Microsoft officially introduced them in Windows Vista to a lot of excitement. Desktop gadgets offer the ability to view various information at a glance, play mini-games, and more. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to kill this feature after Windows 7, for security reasons.
Starting with Windows 8 and later, Microsoft began pressing Live Tiles instead, which should offer similar functionality. But one of the disadvantages is that you will have access to the Start menu or the Start screen before you can access the tile. Another concern is that Live Tiles are run in a more restrictive environment, they are less useful for some purposes, such as monitoring system information.
So what should Windows 10 users do if they still want to use a desktop gadget? Well, some smart developers have the same question and come up with some good solutions. In this guide, we will discuss the top two free solutions for returning desktop gadgets to Windows 10.
1. Windows Desktop Gadgets
Windows Desktop Gadgets is a free solution that will help restore the Windows 7 desktop gadget that you like for modern versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Installation is quick and easy – just follow the simple on-screen instructions and you will be able to operate in less than a minute.
Once installed, just click on the desktop to access the gadget from the context menu. Or you can access it from the control panel, under the Appearance and Personalization section.
You will see that now you have access to classic desktop gadgets.
Of course, if you want more gadgets, just click Get more gadgets online in the gadget window. Or, you can manually visit the page yourself.
Another free solution is 8GadgetPack. Originally made for Windows 8 (hence the name), it will still work with Windows 10.
The 8Gadget package can also be accessed from the Desktop context menu and Control Panel as well.
In addition, 8GadgetPack has a configuration utility that will allow you to disable automatic running of gadgets, resize gadgets, reset gadget settings, and more.
8GadgetPack will also allow you to add custom gadgets using .gadget files. But be careful about adding these special gadgets by verifying that they are from a trusted and clean source of malware, which is the reason Microsoft removed them from the start.
While it is very unlikely that Microsoft will bring back gadgets in an official capacity, using the Desktop Gadgets Installer or 8GadgetPack will help revive desktop gadgets on Windows 10.
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