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Windows 7: IE11 Appears not to support gadgets. What are the alternatives ?

12 Nov 2013   #11
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
I just did some testing in VMware with a fresh install of Windows 7 64-bit and also an older install of 32-bit and I just updated both to IE 11 and the gadgets work just fine. Not saying I know what to fix is the it does work for me. If you're up to it try a clean install and let it update and try the gadgets again.

Jerry
Thanks Jerry. I'm not sure what I'll do tbh. My install is clean and new to me Well it was in March this year anyway and it hasn't been mauled about or had anything other than Windows own housekeeping used on it.

I think I heard that IE11 would be the last IE update W7 sees and so I might (although I don't really want to) stick with IE10.


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12 Nov 2013   #12
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

What is your DPI set at? I read where if it higher then 100% is will cause this.

DPI Display Size Settings - Change

Jerry
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12 Nov 2013   #13
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

i just installed it through windows updates on 2 windows 7 machines and ie 11 is working fine, but you still can use the cpu gadget it just does not have a graphic to it, the same with the weather one but it is recording properly.
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13 Nov 2013   #14
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for that info Jerry. Yes I'm using 125% (17" laptop) and 100% is to small for comfort tbh

At the moment I'm back on IE10 and have just done todays updates minus IE11. I'm thinking
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13 Nov 2013   #15
z3r010

 

I would of thought the gadgets would be quite easy to fix, all that would need doing is unpacking them and adding <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=9" /> after the <head> tag then repacking/zipping it as a gadget.
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13 Nov 2013   #16
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I would of thought the gadgets would be quite easy to fix, all that would need doing is unpacking them and adding <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=9" /> after the <head> tag then repacking/zipping it as a gadget.
I wouldn't really know how to do that... what and where to add it.

I've just looked at the gadget files for CPU meter (on Vista at the moment but it will be similar-ish) and there is a Javascript file thats readable in notepad and also one denoted by the little blue box and gear wheel symbol. That one only has a couple of lines in it.

On W7 x64 there are two separate sidebar and gadget folders, one for 32 in the "x86 prog files" and another for 64 bit in the "prog files" folders.

(Could there be anything as simple as a reg edit or even something in the advanced options for IE11)
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13 Nov 2013   #17
z3r010

 

I've just installed Windows 7 in a VM and need to install SP1 etc before I can install IE11 and do any tests.

If this is the default CPU meter you are talking about, have a look for cpu.html here C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\CPU.Gadget\en-US

Then edit with notepad adding <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=9" /> after the <head> tag

I should have mine up in about 20 minutes to test myself.


Edit -Hmmm I've installed a fresh Win7 with IE11 and all gadgets work out of the box so I cant test
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13 Nov 2013   #18
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
What is your DPI set at? I read where if it higher then 100% is will cause this.

DPI Display Size Settings - Change

Jerry
I updated my W7 laptop to IE11 and my gadgets were messed up. I had DPI at 125%. Changed to 100% and gadgets are now normal.

Jim
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13 Nov 2013   #19
DrDivan55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Windows 8.1 Pro Dual Boot
 
 

The problem is indeed caused by the DPI settings of the PC. Gadgets appear incorrectly if the DPI value is set above 100%, although one may use a custom value of 110% and gadgets seem to appear almost correctly. The reason for the problem is that the default gadgets in Windows 7 have a DPI-locking tag. So there are two ways to resolve this issue:
1. Set the DPI value to 100-110%.
2. The second one requires some basic XML editing skills. One has to delete the locking tag from the XML file completely as setting the value to auto will not resolve it. I am not sure, but this however, might be against Microsoft's policy. In case someone wants to try this one, please, at least make a backup copy of the original file.
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13 Nov 2013   #20
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I've just installed Windows 7 in a VM and need to install SP1 etc before I can install IE11 and do any tests.

If this is the default CPU meter you are talking about, have a look for cpu.html here C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets\CPU.Gadget\en-US

Then edit with notepad adding <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=9" /> after the <head> tag

I should have mine up in about 20 minutes to test myself.


Edit -Hmmm I've installed a fresh Win7 with IE11 and all gadgets work out of the box so I cant test
Just tried this @ 125% DPI and it did not work, made it worse.

Jerry
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