How to Get Desktop and Sidebar Gadgets Back in Windows 10 / 8

Windows sidebar and desktop gadgets were very famous and great feature in Windows 7 and Vista but they are removed from 8, 8.1 and 10 by Microsoft because they have some security problems with Windows 8 and 10.

It explained by Microsoft as these gadgets are contained security vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by hackers and they can do whatever they want with your computer if you are sign-in with your administrator account, they can gain control over your computer by exploiting a vulnerability in gadgets. It’s also harmful if malicious gadget created by attackers. If they get you to install malicious gadget then it can run any harmful code with full permission on your computer. Which mean they are not lightweight and simple programs. They are third-party vulnerabilities which can’t be fixing and have full access to your computer. By these reasons Microsoft recommend to its Windows 7 users to disable these gadgets by download official Microsoft Fix IT tool.

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But on the other hands, many users like me who always ready to install and test new things and try to get back some old things from the previous operating system or softwares. So we found a way to get back old gadgets to Windows 8 and 10.


How to Re-Enable Desktop Gadgets in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10


Rainmeter is free and open source desktop application and works by installing community made skins. It mostly used to display basic info but it also has other widgets too like weather reports, calendars, email reader, RSS and app launcher etc.


Download Rainmeter for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.


If really want gadget same as windows 7 or vista on your latest window operating system then you have to install 8GadgetPack. After installing just right click on your desktop empty space and you will see an option named Gadget like windows 7. Just click on it and popup windows will show with all the windows 7 gadgets. Drag and drop any of them you like on your desktop. You can also customize it just like old times in Windows 7 by right-clicking on the widget and click option.


Download 8GadgetsPack.

Gadgets Revived

It also works same as 8GadgetPack but has fewer gadgets as compare to 8GadgetPack. It’s also available for free.


Download Gadget Revived.

Rainmeter is a very powerful gadgets application and its superior from all of them in gadgets list. Just download and install it, we sure you won’t be disappointed. Its best alternative for windows 7 gadgets.

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