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Windows 7: Heads up for Gadget users

25 Aug 2014   #1
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)
 
 
Heads up for Gadget users

I went to MS site to check upgrade just for the heck of it and all gadgets are gone. Tried reinstall and not only did I have to be admin, which I am, I was told to go and beg "trusted installer" for permission .
System restore to the rescue. They are all back.
Art.


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25 Aug 2014   #2
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Gadgets have been discontinued for a few months now.
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25 Aug 2014   #3
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Sorry i didnt mean to come across snappy
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25 Aug 2014   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Microsoft has discontinued support for desktop gadgets due to security vulnerabilities and recommends that they not be used. These vulnerabilities will not be fixed.
Gadgets have been discontinued - Microsoft Windows
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26 Aug 2014   #5
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Avast Uses a Gadget ?

It seems strange that Avast should still be using a gadget. At least I found one when I Right-Clicked on my Desktop and selected Gadgets.

Perhaps it is being addressed as i write but it seems paradoxical for an antivirus to run via software that introduces vulnerabilities.

Perhaps I don't really understand?

thanks,

baumgrenze
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26 Aug 2014   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Perhaps it is being addressed as i write but it seems paradoxical for an antivirus to run via software that introduces vulnerabilities.
It is not that the gadgets themselves introduce vulnerabilities although that is certainly possible. The way in which vulnerabilities can be introduced is virtually endless. The issue is that the system infrastructure that supports gadgets is unsafe. When this was designed security was rather less a problem than it is today. It is very possible that the security issues could not be fixed without breaking functionality that gadgets rely on. Apps in Windows 8 by design run only with limited privileges and thus the possibility for them doing harm is very limited.
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26 Aug 2014   #7
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 

I should have been more explicit. I have no expectation that Microsoft will make changes to Gadgets. I was addressing the embarrassing position Avast now occupies. Has anyone heard what they intend to do?
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27 Aug 2014   #8
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wandering one View Post
I went to MS site to check upgrade just for the heck of it and all gadgets are gone. Tried reinstall and not only did I have to be admin, which I am, I was told to go and beg "trusted installer" for permission .
System restore to the rescue. They are all back.


Art.
Quite a few Here
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27 Aug 2014   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I am still running a bunch of them, ever since the Win7 Beta test days.


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28 Aug 2014   #10
HarriePateman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I am still running a bunch of them, ever since the Win7 Beta test days.
Im loving tha Lady on your desktop Docc
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