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Windows 7: Weather widget replacement for Windows 7

11 Mar 2015   #81
gregrocker

 

Jim, the only MS update I've found it necessary to regularly hide is Bing and it is relatively harmless but to me undesirable because it is not (yet) the best Search service.

If there was any worry about MS injecting sneakware, adware, spyware or other into Win7 we would long have known about it. The others like CNET, ImgBurn and now sadly Puran (IMO the best defragger because of it's Boot Time scan with Disk Check) ask us to put up with this since they're giving us something free. It's annoying and IMO completely ruined CNET's reputation which once was built somewhat on trust.

MS is different because you're using a paid product and they are not (yet) trying to sneak anything by you that I've ever seen. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, I'm sure, which is fine.

I consider Google to be pernicious spyware for any of their installed programs or while remaining signed into any of their sites including YouTube. Yet MS and Firefox protect consumers from this spying by corralling Google into a browser Search box from which they cannot spy. So there you have a significant difference between who habitually spies and who actually protects you from it.

I'm also using the MSN weather widget with no problems so far. Thanks for sharing it.


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11 Mar 2015   #82
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Problem now is that it needs to be re-saved every few days. Stops refreshing itself after a while.
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11 Mar 2015   #83
gldndragn

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Problem now is that it needs to be re-saved every few days. Stops refreshing itself after a while.
I know your pain. have THE solution....

Weather gadget NOT updating anymore
look at post #34 and 35 for verification and screenshots.
this works WITHOUT having to "touch", or otherwise go through all the bs that others are telling us to do.
It is clean(no virus, malware etc) original MSN weather gadget from Microsoft. I just zipped it to upload here.
Download the file, double click the zip, double click the widget, choose install, and use just as you would the original stock one. link here.MSNWeather.zip

Enjoy


No offense, or disrespect to JHarris1993, but he is a bit more concerned than most about the file I posted as he can't find the "original site" to verify its validity. That site has been closed many years ago and, is no longer available. I can assure you it works as stated, and is as safe as any widget out there.


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11 Mar 2015   #84
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

@ gregrocker - re bundled Open Candy cr*p and ImgBurn

if you install from a command line using the switch ' /nocandy' , ImgBurn installs just like it used to - with no special offers. see pic

Weather widget replacement for Windows 7-no_candy.jpg

works with Freemake video converter also


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30 Mar 2015   #85
mfwin7

Win 7 32
 
 

Oops...Never mind.
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16 May 2015   #86
DIY

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1 (Russian lang ver.)
 
 

What follows is a bit technical but 100% doable.

Here's link to the solution that works for me:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-desktop/weather-gadget-not-working-cannot-connect-to/6707d8b4-1a37-4412-a609-5677c9b99a7a?page=10 (the post by AndersWillhelmsson)

In a nutshell:
1) Close the Weather widget
2) Locate the config.xml file in C:\Users\your_account_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\Services\Cache (you may want to run the Search File command in the Windows Explorer)
3) Right mouse button click -> Edit
<services refresh="60">change from 60 to 45
<service name="weather">
<operation interval="30"/>change from 30 to 15


----- optional (if you want to revive your stocks and currency widgets, too) -----
<service name="stocks">
<operation interval="15"/>change from 15 to 10
</service>
<service name="currency">
<operation interval="30"/> change from 30 to 15

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
4) Save the file.
5) Restart the Weather widget. Wait a couple of minutes. and it should get online.

Read on, read on guys, it's not over yet.

Now, Microsoft in their infinite wisdom will NOT let you get home free. The widget(s) WILL break down again. Yes, even after you edited the config.xml. When it happens:
1) close the wigdet.
2) change the timestamp value of the very same file, config.xml. One of the ways to aciheve this is to open and then save config.xml without changing anything. Or at least don't commit unnecessary changes; just make sure the file has the current day and time attributes.
3) restart the widget.


Nowadays Microsoft mercilessly kills our favorite widgets with almost every new Windows Defender signature DB update, so I'd recommend to place a shortcut to comfig.xml on the desktop. More adventurous souls can even add an appropriate job to the list of tasks that run automatically on each boot-up (follow this link http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13706267/ to see how we geeks do it). And this is the VB script code that I wrote for my system:

Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.NameSpace("fully_qualified_path_to_config.xml_goes_in_here")
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("config.xml")
objFolderItem.ModifyDate = Now()
Set objShell = Nothing
Set objFolder = Nothing
Set objFolderItem = Nothing


How to use this code:
1) Check it for virii, malware or whatchamacallit with someone knowledgeable, like posting it on Stack Overflow to verify its function.
2) Create a plain ASCII file named, for example, i_want_my_weather_gadget_back_please.vbs (the VBS part is the only thing that's actually important here).
3) Copy & paste the above code into this file of yours.
4) Edit the "Set objFolder......" statement accordingly. The "fully qualified path" means the absolute path (in other words, it starts with C:\Users\.....). If you are unsure about your account name on your own system, run a shell session (via cmd.exe). By default, this will land you into your account folder. Or run whoami, and this will show you who you are in the eyes of your machine, so to speak.
5. Finally, add this VBS file to the start-up batch.


That's all there is to it. Hopefully, Microsoft won't change their approach on how to disable the widgets any time soon.
HTH
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16 May 2015   #87
gregrocker

 

I've now personally put MSNWeather.zip Win7-style weather gadget (but with five day forecast displayed) on about fifty PC's I maintain for friends and family with no problems and total satisfaction.

If WIn7 gadgets stops working for this or any other gadget, simply install 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 / 8.1 which latest version supports WIndows 7 to overwrite existing WIn7 gadgets ruined by IE11 security measures.
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18 May 2015   #88
maxseven

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I've now personally put MSNWeather.zip Win7-style weather gadget (but with five day forecast displayed) on about fifty PC's I maintain for friends and family with no problems and total satisfaction.

If WIn7 gadgets stops working for this or any other gadget, simply install 8GadgetPack - Gadgets for Windows 8 / 8.1 which latest version supports WIndows 7 to overwrite existing WIn7 gadgets ruined by IE11 security measures.
Have you spent any time with the GadgetPack? As I look at it, it says it includes Weather by Microsoft and so I am left to wonder if it includes the selfsame gadget that everyone is having trouble with...?
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18 May 2015   #89
gregrocker

 

Yes, very similar but use the MSN gadget which will install onto it's Gallery because IME the other one will still mess up. And there are other weather gadgets searchable there whose style might be preferable.
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19 May 2015   #90
maxseven

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, very similar but use the MSN gadget which will install onto it's Gallery because IME the other one will still mess up. And there are other weather gadgets searchable there whose style might be preferable.
Thanks for clarifying.
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