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Windows 7: Weather widget replacement for Windows 7

23 Feb 2015   #51
gregrocker

 

I look at it from the consumer and not the legal view. This is a feature that's popular with tens of millions of MS Customers so that they don't dare disable it completely. Yet leaving gadgets in a crippled state is as frustrating and irritating with consumers, who visit threads like this via searches and read widespread speculation that this has to do with the whole failed business plan revamp to an Ipad-type touch OS that was going to rent everything through the Store. That is as plausible as non-existent gadget infection.

We were able to finally reach MS execs before the Win8 debacle became Saturday Night Live material and they have corrected course nicely with Windows 10 that gives a billion+ desktop customers something to call their own. Not so much gadgets. I personally spoke with a member of the IE11 team about this issue whose attitude seemed arrogant and anti-consumer.


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24 Feb 2015   #52
juanjotoronja

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Weather Gadget Fix

Hi i've created some kind of a fix for those who weather gadget stopped updating...

1. Open command prompt Windows logo key +R and paste this location %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache
2. Extract and copy the attached files.
3. This fix requires to be executed at least every 2 days.
4. You can create a desktop shortcut to the Weather Gadget Fix.vbs or you can create an automated task.
5. Open command prompt Windows logo key +R and paste this command Taskschd.msc
6. On the left side choose Task Scheduler Library, right click and choose create task...
7. In the General tab go to the Name field and enter the name of the task ex: Weather Gadget Fix
8. Click the Triggers tab and press the New... button then select to start task When I log on and accept.
9. Click the Actions tab and press the New... button, in Action selectStart a program
10. In the Program/script field paste this location "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Weather Gadget Fix.vbs" and in the Start in (optional) field paste %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache and accept.Wellthat's all folks!!!


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File Type: rar Weather Gadget Fix.rar (405 Bytes, 77 views)
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24 Feb 2015   #53
maxseven

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

I "upgraded" to IE11 thinking that I had to, because of security concerns. If I otherwise use e.g. Comodo Internet Security or Microsoft Security Essentials and practice safe computing, can I downgrade to IE10 or even IE9? I do use IE for all of my banking and billing sites i.e. https because I find its printing options to be better than Firefox, and I've grown so weary of FF's constant "Can't use Java!" and "Are you sure about this Flash?" and other stuff it's doing to "protect me" that I get angry at it.
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24 Feb 2015   #54
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

MSNWeather.zip
To solve ALL of the "weather gadget" problems, It is from MS, it is CLEAN (no virus/malware) it works 100%, does NOT need to be repaired every couple of days, looks, and functions exactly like the stock one.
I only zipped it to upload here. PLEASE share this, or point others to this thread to solve the problem with the weather gadget. (only the weather gadget) Open zip, double click, install, and go....
This solves it once, and for all.

Have a great day everybody


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24 Feb 2015   #55
gregrocker

 

Thanks, I have been trialing that MSN Weather gadget in spite of the rendering problems it has:

Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-capture.png

Is anyone else getting this or is it possibly caused by my display chip?


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24 Feb 2015   #56
jharris1993

Two soup cans and some string.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I look at it from the consumer and not the legal view. This is a feature that's popular with tens of millions of MS Customers so that they don't dare disable it completely. Yet leaving gadgets in a crippled state is as frustrating and irritating with consumers, who visit threads like this via searches and read widespread speculation that this has to do with the whole failed business plan revamp to an Ipad-type touch OS that was going to rent everything through the Store. That is as plausible as non-existent gadget infection.
@gregrocker:
"Like you read my mind!"

(Potentially off topic)
One of the things that totally burns my biscuits about Windows - and software in general - is that "legally" they have no desire to stand behind their product. AFAIK, every single piece of software I've seen has a clause in its license that goes something like this:
This software comes with no warranty whatsoever. If you bork your system because you installed this piece of unmitigated GAGH!, it just sucks being you.

Even if we advertise it as being the hottest thing since sliced-bread, and it stinks, or is blatantly deceptive, you have zero recourse, and you cannot sue us.

If someone wanted to sell a new car, 'fridge, microwave, or whatever else, with a warranty like that, the state/jurisdiction consumer protection laws would be all over therm like a cheap suit!

Re: Windows 10.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
We were able to finally reach MS execs before the Win8 debacle became Saturday Night Live material and they have corrected course nicely with Windows 10 that gives a billion+ desktop customers something to call their own. [emphasis provided by me]
First of all, though I have downloaded the relevant TechNet images, I have not yet had time to play with it. However, I have heard from more than once source that M$ plans to license W10 as a "subscription based" operating system. i.e. You will have to pay an annual fee to continue using it. I don't know if that's actually going to happen, but if it does I predict that there will be a mass exodus to systems like Linux Mint.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I personally spoke with a member of the IE11 team about this issue whose attitude seemed arrogant and anti-consumer.
Ubuntu Linux started out with the paradigm of it being "all about choices", and it attracted a large following because of that user-centered philosophy. Unfortunately they lost track of that concept as Ubuntu became more and more popular, forcing users to accept unilateral decisions absent user input - in fact in direct opposition to user input. As a result, many Ubuntu users bailed and went to Mint - a much more consumer/user-centric distribution.

In the case of Linux, users have this kind of choice. If a particular distribution [censored!!] its user base, there is always another, potentially better, distribution to jump to. And chances are that all the apps and programs used in distribution "A" will work as well, or maybe even better, with distribution "B".

It is unfortunate, but Windows isn't like that. You either put up with M$'s BoooS**t, or you're out of luck.

Maybe I'm still wearing my "rosy tinted glasses", but IMHO, especially if the user base has no other effective choice, it behooves the software company to be particularly sensitive to user input and needs.

Gadgets are a prime example of this. M$ has decided to (in essence), "pull the plug" on Win7 and wants to coerce everyone into using Win8+, like it or not.

(/potentially off topic)
(/rant)

What say ye?

Jim (JR)
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24 Feb 2015   #57
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Off topic

Quote:
I have heard from more than once source that M$ plans to license W10 as a "subscription based" operating system.
Jharris1993,
Microsoft keeps saying there are not going to do subscription based. A lot of people won't upgrade to windows 10 if it is going to be subscription based from what I read. A lot people including me can't afford an extra bill, I technically shouldn't have internet, I need to keep my mind off of everyday things and problems. The main issue is they have not determined what is the life cycle of a device
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24 Feb 2015   #58
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Thanks, I have been trialing that MSN Weather gadget in spite of the rendering problems it has:

Attachment 350650

Is anyone else getting this or is it possibly caused by my display chip?
I am not getting that. I am currently using Radeon X1950 pro. NO rendering probs......not even on older computers...5-8 years and older......not even on the newest ones either.
Could be display drivers....or possibly need a reboot.
Here are my screenies....


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Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-capture.png Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-capture2.png Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-capture3.png 
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24 Feb 2015   #59
jharris1993

Two soup cans and some string.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
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.
Not true. At least not in my case.

My Win7-64bit laptop is running IE-9, My wife's system (Also Win7-64bit), is running IE-10, and we both experience the same problem. And we both have the same solution: "touching*" the C:\Users\....\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache\Config.xml file.

Maybe there are (ahem!) "security enhancements" that caused this debacle, but they're not specific to IE-11. If I knew what they were, I'd back them out so fast the smoke would still be coming from my hard drive!

If I knew what "service" (or whatever), gets restarted when you touch that file, I'd write a script that would run periodically - say at system startup, or hourly, or whatever - that would give that service a kick up the bum and get it going again if it had stopped.

What say ye?

Jim (JR)

* "Touching" a file:
Doing something to it so that the file is "changed", and therefore the last access time is updated.

There is a Linux/Unix command, "touch", which does exactly that, it changes the last access time to the current system time without actually changing the file itself. If there is a program or service that watches the file to see if it has changed, "touching" the file will trigger it.

A convenient way to do this in Windows is to open the file in notepad, add a space somewhere and then remove it, (which marks the file as "dirty"/"changed"), and then re-save it. I do this because I have noticed that simply opening the file, and then re-saving it, does not always work.
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24 Feb 2015   #60
jharris1993

Two soup cans and some string.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gldndragn View Post
Attachment 350640
To solve ALL of the "weather gadget" problems, It is from MS, it is CLEAN (no virus/malware) it works 100%, does NOT need to be repaired every couple of days, looks, and functions exactly like the stock one.
I only zipped it to upload here. PLEASE share this, or point others to this thread to solve the problem with the weather gadget. (only the weather gadget) Open zip, double click, install, and go....
This solves it once, and for all.

Have a great day everybody
Can someone cite the original source for this file? Maybe I'm paranoid, but I'd like to see the original download site rather than someone's upload. Not that I don't appreciate it, but. . . .

What say ye?

Jim (JR)
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