[Windows 8] Bring Windows Gadgets back to Windows 8 with 8GadgetPack

Microsoft changed thousands of things between Windows 7 and Windows 8. Not the least of the differences is the omission of Gadgets. Originally introduced in Windows Vista as the Sidebar, they were eventually reduced down to just individual gadgets in Windows 7, and taken out entirely in Windows 8. However, that’s not the end of the Windows Sidebar/Gadgets. With 8GadgetPack, you can bring them back to whatever OS you want, entirely free of worry.

After you install the 8GadgetPack, you’ll be greeted with an all-new sidebar replica and the Windows Sidebar window, allowing you to pick and choose which widgets you want to have on your desktop. It actually seems to come with more gadgets than Windows 7 really did, so it’s virtually guaranteed that some of the gadgets are, in fact, illegal redistribution of some awesome original work. Since it’s hard to fish those out, you might as well simply end up using up all of the non-legitimate copies of the sidebars.

Overall, 8GadgetPack’s back-to-the past gadgetting experience was both interesting and useful, as the added ability to have any random city’s weather and your system’s current CPU and RAM specs is both cool and interesting.

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v2.0

Supported OS: Windows 8

Download size: 12MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/39

Portability: Requires installation

8GadgetPack homepage

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  • BarrysCool

    I found it…
    Microsoft urges Windows Vista, 7 users to disable desktop gadgets
    By Matthew DeCarlo
    On July 11, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
    Comments 41

    In a security advisory Tuesday, Microsoft urged Windows Vista and 7 users to download a tool that disables the operating system’s sidebar and gadgets. The company warned that insecure gadgets could be used to run arbitrary code on a computer, access its files or display objectionable content. In the event of arbitrary code execution, an attacker could take control of the affected system with the ability to install programs, view, change or delete data, or create new accounts with full user rights.
    More here; http://www.techspot.com/news/49351-microsoft-urges-windows-vista-7-users-to-disable-desktop-gadgets.html
    Still not clear if Microsoft has fix the problem or not.

  • Ashraf

    @BarrysCool: I can’t remember what that was about but the page for 8GadgetPack says this:

    Aren’t gadgets unsafe? Afterall, Microsoft removed them for a reason?
    Gadgets can contain viruses like any other software. Despite the warning when installing a gadget people seemed to think that it is safe to run any gadget. As long as you trust the source of the gadgets you install and you use anti-virus software you should be safe.

  • BarrysCool

    I recall not long ago a security alert regarding hackers ability to access your computer through Windows Gadgets. Refresh my memory if you will, and has this problem with Windows Gadgets been fixed?