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Windows 7: Weather widget replacement for Windows 7

19 Feb 2015   #41
Emil Alexe

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The fix works, but apparently it only works temporarily. Now it's dead again, just 5 days after fixing it. Maybe there's some kind of process that kills it, just to make sure that we are "protected"? Something seems to reset the file at some point.

Not much of a problem though, you can easily save the file with a batch file and even put it on system startup.


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19 Feb 2015   #42
gregrocker

 

I believe it's IE11 security enhancements. It went away whenever I rolled back to 10 but it's getting too old to do that safely now.

It also seems to kill the same stock Win7 gadgets when you upgrade to 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 / 8.1 although there are many more choices in each category there.
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19 Feb 2015   #43
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I believe it's IE11 security enhancements.
I think this is right. I lost the Weather widget again and I've installed a couple of IE11 Security Updates recently.

But the gadget came-back again after fiddling with Config.xml.
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20 Feb 2015   #44
Emil Alexe

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Hah, mine came back on it's own...
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23 Feb 2015   #45
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emil Alexe View Post
The fix works, but apparently it only works temporarily. Now it's dead again, just 5 days after fixing it. Maybe there's some kind of process that kills it, just to make sure that we are "protected"? Something seems to reset the file at some point.

Not much of a problem though, you can easily save the file with a batch file and even put it on system startup.
I've noticed that too, works for a few days then needs to be resaved.
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23 Feb 2015   #46
jharris1993

Two soup cans and some string.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I'm here 6-8 hours per day, every day since Win7 beta without missing a day, and am still waiting to see a single case of infection traced to gadgets.

Maybe if we wait a little longer?



Hello Everybody!

First: I absolutely agree with gregrocker. Since I work with, and test, AV software I see infected systems every day, and no - I do not know of one single instance of a computer being infected by a "gadget".

Going to rogue web sites? Yes. Downloading skumware? Absolutely. Not having a decent AV or security platform installed? You betcha! The list goes on-and-on, but as I have said before: I have never, and I mean NEVER, seen anyone's system compromised because of a gadget.

In fact, I will go so far as to openly challenge Microsoft to demonstrate that someone's system has actually and truly been compromised because of a gadget. And I mean a real, "real world" user, not something cooked up in the lab.

If gadgets are a security risk, (as one writer said later on in this thread), because they do not implement secure protocols, etc., then the internet time service is also a "security risk", any time you use your browser for anything other than an encrypted connection is a security risk, in fact 99.99999% of the stuff people do with their computers would be a "security risk". And the only really effective way to avoid security risks is to keep your system turned off!

Normally, if something comes up as a "security risk", M$ issues a patch via Windows Update. Especially if it is a part of the system "as installed" as gadgets are.

I believe that M$'s logic behind killing gadgets has more to do with promoting the new "gadget" paradigm for Win 8 (<-- GAGH!), than any actual "security" issues.

At the risk of being snarky here, if M$ is so upset about security risks, why not just kill Windows! Windows has more security flaws in the cuticle of it's left pinky toe than "gadgets" have all over their entire body.

IMHO this is less about security and more about marketing Windows 8 than anything else.
(/rant, but this kind of stuff really boils my blood. . . .)

What say ye?

Jim (JR)
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23 Feb 2015   #47
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I solved this problem my own way. I kept IE9 and all my gadgets but never use IE9. I do most of my internet work from a virtual Linux system anyhow. And on the seven system I also have Chrome, Chromium, Opera and Safari - so plenty of choices.

In W8.1 and W10 I use the 8GadgetPack which works.
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23 Feb 2015   #48
gregrocker

 

You may still be able to uninstall IE11 in Windows Updates>Installed Updates. This will revert to gadget-friendly IE10.

Then use the latest version of Firefox.
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23 Feb 2015   #49
PeaB4YouGo

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
I work as an IT for a small business. And I believe that Microsoft once again has removed one more of their products that was sold to us...
One thing you need to remember; you did NOT buy software. You purchased the right to USE the software on your computer. Your EULA states that:

The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Company and
Microsoft reserve all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as
expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that allow you to use it
only in certain ways. You may not:
work around any technical limitations in the software;
reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software;
make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement;
publish the software for others to copy;
rent, lease or lend the software


If MS decides to disable a feature of THEIR software, that's within their rights.
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23 Feb 2015   #50
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PeaB4YouGo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dc2000 View Post
I work as an IT for a small business. And I believe that Microsoft once again has removed one more of their products that was sold to us...
One thing you need to remember; you did NOT buy software. You purchased the right to USE the software on your computer. Your EULA states that:

The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Company and
Microsoft reserve all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as
expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that allow you to use it
only in certain ways. You may not:
• work around any technical limitations in the software;
• reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the software;
• make more copies of the software than specified in this agreement;
• publish the software for others to copy;
• rent, lease or lend the software


If MS decides to disable a feature of THEIR software, that's within their rights.

I am not sure I agree with that last statement. If Microsoft disables something, you are not getting what you paid for whether you bought windows 7 disk or bought a windows 7 computer. Just my view.
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