18 January 2024

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

By Ronald Smith

When Windows 8.1 was introduced, users not only received a fresh, modern user interface design, but they also lost the beloved desktop gadgets that were available in Windows 7. Desktop gadgets are useful little applications such as clocks, calendars, unit converters, battery meters, weather apps, and news headlines that adorned your desktop. If you miss having these delightful embellishments on your desktop, don’t worry—I’ll show you how to bring desktop gadgets back to Windows 8.1.

Firstly, you’ll need to install a special program that provides you with a collection of desktop gadgets. These gadgets may not be precisely the same as the ones you had in Windows 7, but they offer similar functionality. Moreover, this program allows you to download and install additional .gadget files from external sources, expanding your options even further.

Getting Windows 8 Desktop Gadgets

If you want to get some cool gadgets on your desktop, I have an awesome website for you! Just head over to 8gadgetpack.net and download their latest installer. Once you’ve done that, give it a run and voila! You’ll see a bunch of cool gadgets pop up on your desktop.

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

Hey there! Don’t sweat it if you notice that transparent sidebar over there. It’s actually a super cool gadget that lets you keep your desktop gadgets on top of all your open or full-sized windows. And guess what? You can remove it just like any other desktop gadget!

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

How to Add a Desktop Gadget

If you want to add a desktop gadget, it’s really easy! Just like in Windows 7, you can do it by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop. Then, all you have to do is select “Gadgets” from the menu that pops up.

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

When you click on it, another window will pop up, giving you several choices of old-fashioned Windows 7 gadgets to choose from.

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

Hey there! Did you know that every gadget has its own set of cool features? I’ll show you how to access them. Ready?

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

Installing and Uninstalling Third-Party Gadgets

So, you’re interested in adding some cool gadgets to your Windows 8.1 desktop? Well, I’ve got you covered! Let me walk you through the process.

First things first, you’ll need to find the gadget file you want. These files can be found on various websites that offer third-party gadgets for download. Take your time to browse and choose the one that catches your eye. Once you’ve found the right gadget file, it’s time to install it.

Now, all you need to do is double-click on the .gadget file, and just like magic, it will be installed on your desktop. How cool is that, right? You’ll see the gadget right there, ready for you to enjoy.

But, hold on, before you go on a downloading frenzy, I have to give you a little heads up. When downloading gadgets from third-party sources, it’s crucial to be cautious. You need to make sure you’re only downloading from sources that you trust. Why? Because, unfortunately, some bad guys out there might try to sneak in some nasty malware onto your computer.

So, always be vigilant, my friend. Make sure you’re getting your gadgets from reliable sources, and you’ll be just fine. Happy gadget hunting!

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets on Windows 8.1

To remove any gadget, simply open the list of gadgets, click the right mouse button on a gadget, and choose the option to uninstall it.