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Monitoring core performance

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1

    Monitoring core performance


    Windows 7 had a really nice desktop gadget for monitoring the core distribution on my dual-core machine. I just tried to find something similar for Windows 8 but I couldn't find any desktop gadgets at all....

    Have they gone forever or can I re-instate them somehow?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks. I installed 8GadgetPack a couple of hours ago and so far, it seems fine. One more question if I may....

    When I was first looking for the gadgets (in Windows itself) I opened Windows 8.1's search bar and typed in "desktop gadgets". This resulted in a "results" window popping up in what appeared to be full-screen mode. No matter what I did I simply couldn't get rid of it. I tried all the usual stuff - backspace / delete / CTRL+C / all the function keys. You name it. I tried it. Eventually I had to bring up Task Manager which seemed to be the only way to get back to my desktop.

    Actually, this isn't the first time this has happened. Double-clicking on any graphics file (JPEG / GIF / BMP etc) also brings up a full-screen app that's seemingly impossible to get rid of.

    What am I missing here?? There must be some way to dismiss these full-screen windows when they appear???
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  4. #4


    ALT - F4 is the "usual" way to close an Metro app.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    ALT+F4... that's an obvious one that I didn't try, but you're right - it works!
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    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    I don't know if it's just a coincidence - but ever since I installed 8GadgetPack I've been plagued by this annoying popup which keeps appearing every 2-3 days:-

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    Does anyone know if it's associated with 8GadgetPack - and if so, can it be disabled?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    go to the installed programs and uninstall it...
    the problem is that if you didn't do so already, then you probably won't be able to sneak around in the C drive to kick out any obvious leftovers of that program...
    anyways, next time read what appears on screen before downloading, when downloading, and when installing any program. The effects of not doing so can be quite destructive. Imagine having a dozen of unwanted programs such as that pop-up on a computer...
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    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    Are you implying that this is a known consequence of installing 8GadgetPack or are you just making a guess? I'm only asking because the 8GadgetPack web site implies that it doesn't install popups etc.

    I also installed 'Start8' and 'WindowBlinds' (from Stardock) round about the same time (but I paid for them - so I'd be a bit annoyed if they're pestering me with popups!!)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    just making a guess
    If you paid for those, then I don't expect the problem to come from them.

    from the image you posted I can see there's a "more info" link, if you click it and post the link here, I can check it out. Or you can use the link and try to solve the issue
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  10. #10


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    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    You could also use the Resource Monitor for this. It can be made very small and it doesn't use much CPU.

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