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Windows 7: Recommended alternatives for Windows Gadgets?

19 Jul 2012   #1
GaryB0125

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Recommended alternatives for Windows Gadgets?

Now that Microsoft is recommending that Windows 7 users disable Sidebar and Gadgets due to potential security risks, can someone recommend alternatives that would allow gadget-like programs to safely exist on the desktop? Thanks in advance.


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19 Jul 2012   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Rainmeter is my first choice and recommendation.

A lot of nice gadgets are available for it. Almost all are really cool.
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19 Jul 2012   #3
GaryB0125

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion. However, I couldn't figure out where to go for the gadgets ("skins"). Pls advise.
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19 Jul 2012   #4
C-11

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Rainmeter was not easy when I tried it months ago.
I didn't keep it long...

Maybe here will help.
How It Works | Rainmeter, desktop customization tool

And Rainmeter Forums - Index page
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19 Jul 2012   #5
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Yeah, rainmeter requires a little more advanced user to implement, but it's not that difficult, just doesn't a have a typical gui. I would check their forums and of course google. I use a mix of them depending on what I want displayed, but some people get really elaborate with it.

Rainmeter 101 | Rainmeter, desktop customization tool

You beat me to it Flatiron.
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19 Jul 2012   #6
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GaryB0125 View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. However, I couldn't figure out where to go for the gadgets ("skins"). Pls advise.
Here are 27,194 skins for rainmeter : Browsing Rainmeter in deviantART

Try any one you like. If you find any of that difficult to apply or use, ask us. My favorite is Enigma .
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