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No gadgets?

  1. #1

    No gadgets?


    I just successfully installed Windows 8 Pro!

    And then it tells me that it doesn't run gadgets?

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    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    No, Gadgets don't exist for Windows 8, and there was even an update to disable them in Windows 7 - there's a gigantic security risk in running them, and the start screen has live tiles. There are ways to put them back however, if you want them - if you search the forums, you will find posts on how to do it.
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    Aaaah, gadgets! I installed eight that I like. Long ago, I had read that Windows 7 gadgets will run on 8, but 8 gadgets will not run on 7. That was one of my big selling points for 8.
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    Maybe it's my overall dislike for gadgets in general which turn me off to the live tile concept. I especially dislike tiles that elect to show pictures as the tiles all start to look the same to me..especially when they pull my own pictures and then the People app looks just like the photo app.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Gadgets were taken out for a security reason Microsoft says, for both 7 and 8. Also, they just look tacky after using Windows 8 for a long time now. And, they take up quite a bit of RAM just to have to manually refresh certain gadgets to get updated info. Live tiles on the other hand, serve the same purpose (to an extent) as gadgets and don't use extra RAM or other system resource. Plus, those apps with live tiles can have notifications on the lock screen, something Windows 7 or gadgets can never do.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I miss gadgets. they're the best way to see things instantly without having to bring up huge things like the task manager and performance monitors.

    For example, I had a gadget that showed the top 3 (arbitrarily set at 3 by me) processes all the time in real time. So if my machine was becoming unresponsive, I could flick my eyes over and immediately see what processes were active. What drove me crazy about the task manager back then was, my system would get unresponsive and then I would open the task manager and then things would calm down. I'd close the task manager and my CPU usage would go back up. Making me think that the hackers were getting clever and dying down processor access whenever the task manager was brought up.

    Live Tiles are great for a lot of things but not immediate, instant updates. I think that's why the clock apps fail. The Live Tile cannot update second by second. So the clock live tile will be correct, then fall behind by a couple of minutes, and then be updated to the most recent time and be correct, and then fall behind, etc.

    Which brings me to a side point. why the heck did Microsoft not include some time/date function on the start screen? if we're to spend a lot of time on that screen, show the time!
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    You many not be able to run "windows" gadgets on windows 8, at least without a kludge to the OS, but there are 3rd party gadget-like apps that provide some of the same functionality. Personally I'm using software from Winstep which allows me to have small windows on the edge of my screen displaying CPU status, including the top 4 processes, RAM status, Network status, and local weather.
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    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    I miss gadgets. they're the best way to see things instantly without having to bring up huge things like the task manager and performance monitors.

    For example, I had a gadget that showed the top 3 (arbitrarily set at 3 by me) processes all the time in real time. So if my machine was becoming unresponsive, I could flick my eyes over and immediately see what processes were active. What drove me crazy about the task manager back then was, my system would get unresponsive and then I would open the task manager and then things would calm down. I'd close the task manager and my CPU usage would go back up. Making me think that the hackers were getting clever and dying down processor access whenever the task manager was brought up.

    Live Tiles are great for a lot of things but not immediate, instant updates. I think that's why the clock apps fail. The Live Tile cannot update second by second. So the clock live tile will be correct, then fall behind by a couple of minutes, and then be updated to the most recent time and be correct, and then fall behind, etc.

    Which brings me to a side point. why the heck did Microsoft not include some time/date function on the start screen? if we're to spend a lot of time on that screen, show the time!
    If you play around with the new Task Manager, you can actually get it into a gadget of sorts. You can't see the actual processes but you can see if something is really tasking the system. Just open Task Manager, show more details, hit the Performance tab, and size the window down. You might want to have it be visible at all times if you please.

    The time does get shown, Start+C, or pulling up the Charms, will do it. The rationale behind this is that there are certain things you see and certain things you don't always need to see. The time for example, is one of them. If you need to see it, hit Start and C and tap those two again, you're done.
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