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


12 Nov 2013   #1

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

Having just installed IE11, I find the standard Windows 7 weather gadget and CPU/RAM meter are broken. A quick web search reveals this is/could be deliberate on the part of MS.

What are the free alternatives for these ? The CPU/RAM meter in particular was very useful to see at a glance whether anything was happening that shouldn't be.

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12 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Microsoft issued a notice, at least two years ago, to not use the gadgets due to potential security issues. In fact Microsoft no longer supports them.

I used to have the CPU meter, which I found helpful in my recording studio applications. I haven't found anything that does what it did.
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12 Nov 2013   #3

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Microsoft Security Advisory (2719662): Vulnerabilities in Gadgets Could Allow Remote Code Execution

In lieu of a desktop gadget perhaps you could make use of the built-in Resource Monitor to keep track of CPU and RAM. Probably not as convenient as a gadget but maybe better than nothing. Same for a weather desktop app. Some reputable sites include The Weather Channel, NOAA, and local TV stations may offer their own apps.

Resource Monitor

The Weather Channel App for Windows with Current Conditions, Local Alerts, and Radar

NOAA's Weather and Climate Toolkit (Viewer and Data Exporter)
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12 Nov 2013   #4

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Rainmeter, desktop customization tool is a very good alternative to gadgets and there are thousands of skins available.

Jerry
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12 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions marsmimar. One from "weather underground" was suggested to me earlier and I've just been trying that briefly.

I was actually wondering whether IE11 download breaks those two gadgets in some way (breaks... as in you could copy a fresh version back) or whether it really is IE11 that just won't run them and the original gadgets are left intact.

Thanks for those suggestions though
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12 Nov 2013   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

There is a current thread on the Cakewalk Sonar forum of a user that installed Rainmeter and now cannot add programs to the task bar.
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12 Nov 2013   #7

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You could always roll back to IE10 and hide the update to IE11 when it reappears.
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12 Nov 2013   #8

Windows 8 Pro 9200 x64 w/Media Center
 
 

@Mooly check Windows features, .net framework...
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12 Nov 2013   #9

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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
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12 Nov 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
You could always roll back to IE10 and hide the update to IE11 when it reappears.
That is a distinct possibility. I had a major play this morning and tried copy and pasting working gadgets into the appropriate system folder but IE11 won't play ball. I tried some gadgets from Thoosje which were loaded with unwanted junk/malware. A pity because there is a really good CPU meter there. At this point I wasn't bothered (because I would revert back with Acronis) so I looked out the designer of the gadget I liked and found it on Softpedia but it was a later version and seemed a little resource hungry. I'm used to seeing the CPU hovering around 1 or 2% and not having fans running and that wasn't quite the case.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
@Mooly check Windows features, .net framework...
Afraid I've no idea what I would be looking at there (or even where to look)
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