First introduced on Windows Vista, Desktop Gadgets offered numerous information. Windows 7 has some quality gadgets, but unfortunately these Desktop Gadgets were not available in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and not even in the latest Windows 10.
This features was unavailable due to security reasons according to Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft even provided a tool for Windows 7 to uninstall Desktop Gadgets completely.
In the newer versions of Windows, live tiles, that are considered to work better, replaced the desktop gadgets to an extent. But in order to have access to these live tiles, you needed to switch to the Start Screen or Start Menu, which was kind of annoying.
In case you have upgraded your system from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and you want those Desktop Gadgets back, you will be pleased to know that Desktop Gadgets are available and can be installed in Windows 10 with the help of a third-party installer.
There are quite a few programs available to get Desktop Gadgets in Windows 10, but we will resume our presentation to only two.
And these are:
Even though 8GadgetPack was developed for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, this software is also compatible with Windows 10.
8GadgetPack comes with 45 pre-installed gadgets such as an App Laucher, a CPU meter, the Clock, the Calendar, Currency, Drive Info, Agenda, etc. Once installed, right-click on the desktop and you will get Gadgets option in the desktop context menu for easier access.
- Desktop Gadget Installer
All you need to do, is to install it and all the Desktop Gadgets that were available in Windows 7 will be available in your Windows 10.
This software will install Feed Headlines, Slide Show, Picture Puzzle, CPU Meter, Currency, Weather, Calendar and Clock gadgets.
You will also get Gadgets option to the desktop context menu (right-click). This feature helps you to gain quick access to all the installed gadgets. You also have the option of hiding the Desktop Gadgets by right-clicking on the desktop and then clicking on View option.
The Desktop Gadget Installer is not limited to the gadgets mentioned above. You can get more that 500 other cool Desktop Gadgets by simply clicking the “Get more gadgets online” link which you can access by a right-click on the desktop and a click on Gadgets.
Another plus for this software is that it is compatible with both Windows 10 x64 and Windows 10 x86
Install one of the presented software and you will be able to download and install more Desktop Gadgets from the web.
Since Microsoft no longer offers gadgets, make sure that the gadgets you download and install are from a trusted source.