Windows introduced the desktop gadget feature with Windows Vista. These gadgets provide a lot many information at a glance and are low on system resources as well. Windows 7 has many gadgets and supports installing third-party gadgets from the web.
These gadget are removed from Windows 8, 8.1 and the latest Windows 10 due to security reasons. Microsoft, in fact, has been providing a tool to completely uninstall desktop gadgets from Windows 7 operating system. But in Windows 10, the live tiles act as desktop gadgets. The weather app’s live tile offer the same or more information than the weather gadget of Windows 7. But then to, if we wish to see these live tiles in Windows 10, we need to switch to the Start menu or Start screen.
Install desktop gadgets in Windows 10
Now if anyone wish to install desktop gadgets in Windows 10, it can be done with the help of a third-party installer. Actually, there are many applications to get desktop gadgets in Windows 10 but some of the applications are not good enough to be installed. Given below are the two applications you can use to install gadgets of Windows 7 in Windows 10.
Desktop Gadgets Installer
Desktop gadget installer has all the desktop gadgets available in Windows 7. We can thus download and install them in Windows 10. It includes, Slide show, Weather, Feed Headlines, Picture Puzzle, CPU Meter, Currency, Calendar, and Clock gadgets.
While installing these gadgets, it also adds Gadgets option to the desktop context menu, so anyone can access all installed gadgets on Windows 10 just like in Windows 7. Also, if you right-click on desktop, and click View option, you’ll see option to show desktop gadgets or hide desktop gadgets. The installer of Desktop Gadgets Installer comes with no extra and useless applications attached to it and thus it doesn’t offer you to install any toolbar and other junk ware. It is fully compatible with Windows 10, both x86 and x64.
8GadgetPack is another free application just like Desktop Gadget Installer. It also install gadgets in Windows 10 which are found on Windows 7. 8GadgetPack was developed for Windows 8 and 8.1, but it’s compatible with Windows 10 as well.
When you install 8GadgetPack, you’ll see a sidebar containing your favorite desktop gadgets. Around total 45 gadgets are installed when you install 8GadgetPack, including, custom calendar, clock, calendar, currency, clipboard, app launcher, and all CPU meter. This also adds gadget option to desktop context menu.