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Windows 7: Problem with placing a clock-face on my desktop

11 Dec 2013   #11
Bethgem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi again. I have to mark this problem as unsolved because MS have taken gadgets off their system and have warned that they can cause vulnerability to attack.

I followed the advice on here to get my clock-face back onto my desktop and I managed to do it, thanks, but now I do not even have the calendar on there. I just turned on and the clock and calendar are gone.

I saw the message from MS when I clicked through from my Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a gadget. Only the "Uninstall a gadget" link worked and when it opened it showed this:
Gadgets have been discontinued - Microsoft Windows
I hope that link works for you to see what it says.

So then, that's it. Problem deleted, not solved. Clock and calendar are not allowed on my desktop. Unless you know differently, that is!



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11 Dec 2013   #12
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

The real vulnerability are the gadgets other people make from an unknown source, if it's a gadget from Microsoft (the ones that come installed already) you will not have any problems with them as far as security risks.

I don't see the area in Programs where it says uninstall a gadget?
Are you talking about Windows features?
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Jerry


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11 Dec 2013   #13
Bethgem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sorry you can't find that page via the method I did, but just to keep a record this is what I did.

I clicked on Start on desktop and there is a list of items including Control Panel. I clicked that and got a panel headed "Adjust your computer's settings" with eight items in two columns, having four items in each column.

Item four in the first column is "Programs" with "Uninstall a program" in small blue coloured type underneath. I clicked the "Programs" link; not the "Uninstall" as both were usable but did different things.

I then got a panel with four items, and the third item is "Desktop Gadgets". Under that there are four links: "Add gadgets to the desktop" / "Get more gadgets online" / "Uninstall a gadget" / "Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows". I tried to copy these panels to paste here but it would not do that.

I clicked "Get more gadgets online" and that's when I saw the page from Microsoft, headed "Gadgets have been discontinued". They go on to say why, being due to a security risk.

I did not dare to click on the "Uninstall a gadget" or the "Restore desktop gadgets installed with Windows". If you think I should click the "Restore" one then I will feel better about doing so, and will give it a try.

The heading "Desktop Gadgets" and the item under it "Add gadgets to the desktop" have a hand curser when hovered but they do not link anywhere. I have to go without my clock and calendar, it seems.

Sorry for going on so much, but there is no other way to show what I found and to explain it better.


The clock and the calendar have both re-appeared. I just turned my computer on and there they are. No idea why they went before, and no idea why they suddenly came back. Problem marked as solved again. Thanks for your help.
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12 Dec 2013   #14
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

I see how you got there now, sometimes a reboot helps alot.

Go to hear it's OK now.

Jerry
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12 Dec 2013   #15
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bethgem View Post
Hi again. I have to mark this problem as unsolved because MS have taken gadgets off their system and have warned that they can cause vulnerability to attack.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
The real vulnerability are the gadgets other people make from an unknown source, if it's a gadget from Microsoft (the ones that come installed already) you will not have any problems with them as far as security risks.
Microsoft started spreading that story, after people complained that the W8 Previews didn't have gadgets.

From my point of view that leaves two explanations:
  • MS knew they were hazard long before W8, but they didn't tell anyone and no one else found out (unlikely)
  • MS were trying to scare users into using Metro apps (highly likely)
As Bongo said, 3rd party gadgets may actually do what MS has claimed (but the same is true of any 3rd party software).

Logically the Metro apps are far more dangerous (depending on the app) as they are designed to:
  1. Interact with the system
  2. Share data with each other
  3. Transmit that shared data to the Internet
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