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Windows 7: MS Drops Gadget Support

05 Nov 2011   #21
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

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That's why any essential backups I do always includes Documents/My Documents

You never know
Oh... I know, believe me I know. No need to ask how I know
Well I'll tell my story... the quick and simple

I've always had multiple drives in my system so one day I'm going to format a newly installed drive.... I instead wound-up wiping the primary hard drive..... and everything on it

They only thing that made life bearable was that I had older copies of data scattered throughout CD's and hard drives. Still lost a lot of data though. After that.... I learned the valuable lession of doing backups on an regular basis, and backing up anytime I do major maintenance

So yeah, always backup that data you need/want

Anyway this thread is about the demise of gadgets so we'll keep it there


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05 Nov 2011   #22
Bobbert

Windows 7 Home Premium [64 Bit]
 
 

Good bye, little friends...
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05 Nov 2011   #23
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I've never liked it either and was one of the first things that I disabled.
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05 Nov 2011   #24
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
My fault

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
That's why any essential backups I do always includes Documents/My Documents

You never know
Oh... I know, believe me I know. No need to ask how I know
The irony is I did have OS backups covering that period, but because I didn't check every directory and I was running out of space I deleted them.
I generally only keep a 2 or 3 months worth of OS backups.

My personal files are on a separate partition and I have monthly backups dating back to April 2009 (when I first started playing with the W7 betas).


I don't use the standard W7 gadgets anyway (and I haven't rebuilt my Rainmeter display).

AVG always tries to install some useless gadget when I do a clean install.
It already installs a desktop icon (without my permission) and I have "Start Menu" shortcut and "Sys Tray" icons.
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05 Nov 2011   #25
Teerex

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I see that a small number of gadget developers moved to CodePlex, as Microsoft itself advises people to do.

Notably, e.g. the Hermes RSS gadget.

It's a pretty decent gadget hosting platform, maybe even better than the live gallery - if only more people knew about it! And it is offered by Microsoft free of charge.

...

By the way, I asked this question in another thread, but no one noticed, so I'll ask it again here - could anyone confirm that Microsoft has unbroken the Calendar gadget with one of the recent IE9 updates? Has anyone else had a broken Calendar, like me, which is now fixed permanently and reliably works as expected?
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05 Nov 2011   #26
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Teerex View Post
By the way, I asked this question in another thread, but no one noticed, so I'll ask it again here - could anyone confirm that Microsoft has unbroken the Calendar gadget with one of the recent IE9 updates? Has anyone else had a broken Calendar, like me, which is now fixed permanently and reliably works as expected?
So that you know your question was seen.... I don't use the calender gadget so I can't say.

Anyway the only gadget I liked was the Notes gadget from Vista. I actually had it working on 7 but since resintalling my OS last year I've yet to set it up again. I did post a how to somewhere here awhile back but I'll have to find it to see what I did to get it working again.

Yes! Here it is....... Gadget Notes & Win 7
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06 Nov 2011   #27
zEric7x

Windows Home premium 64bit
 
 

I use gadgets every once and while But only like two at most usually.
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08 Nov 2011   #28
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I used Gadgets here and there but I prefer Rainmeter these days.
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26 Nov 2011   #29
insertrealname

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

I don't understand people's attitude: desktop gadgets are useful. I use the weather, clock, multiple RSS feeds, Top 5 memory processes, Top 5 CPU processes, Google calender, Earth phase, moon phase, translation lookup, Wolfram Alpha lookup, multiple radio streams, etc., etc. All information easily accessible with Windows Key + G

Probably Microsoft wanted to reduce the expense involved in reviewing submissions to its Windows Gadgets web site, and perhaps they no longer fit in with its plans for Windows 8.
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26 Nov 2011   #30
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Metro Tiles

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Probably Microsoft wanted to reduce the expense involved in reviewing submissions to its Windows Gadgets web site, and perhaps they no longer fit in with its plans for Windows 8.
I think that the awful Metro Tiles are supposed to replace the gadgets.
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