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Windows 7: Gadgets - Useful or just "Geeky Toys"

19 Apr 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)

I used the weather gadget for awhile but got tired of it being on my desktop.
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19 Apr 2009   #12


For Weather I prefer to use Weather Watcher Live....
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19 Apr 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)

I have a firefox addon that displays it on my browser now.
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19 Apr 2009   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

I don't care much for the gadgets. I like my desktop simple. I have recycle bin and my computer and an .exe to SIW. That's it. Gadgets have potential and there are some good ones out there. I like simple.
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19 Apr 2009   #15


I, by contrast, have no navigation icons on my desktop at all, and *only* gadgets - thereby keeping my desktop simple as well.
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19 Apr 2009   #16

Vista Ultimate x64, Windows 7 RC 7100

I've got just two off to the side on a small 19" monitor. My main monitor (22") has NOTHING at all on it and you just see the taskbar.

Those two gadgets I use are the CPU/RAM Meter and Weather, oh and sometimes SevenForums.
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19 Apr 2009   #17


With a pair of 24-inch monitors, I have plenty of screen real estate; however, I keep one screen completely clear and have only a dozen or so shortcuts for my most used applications on the other. I won't say it's true of all "gadgets" but I find most such things to be an intrusion and distracting. I prefer to do without.
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19 Apr 2009   #18


I have a pair of 22" wide screen monitors - main monitor has only wallpaper and gadgets, second only has wallpaper....
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20 Apr 2009   #19
Joan Archer

Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit/Windows 10 64bit

I have the calender, a clock, the weather in my nearest town and the little notepad.
I have the clock on analogue and the system tray one digital, still can't convert that good between them so prefer to see the clock face
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20 Apr 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

I like to keep track of what my system is up too so therefore I have a disk stat gadget, processor and ram gadget Oh yes and a network gadget, photo gadget for seeing my son, weather gadget and nvidia gfx temperature gadget. I do find them very useful and think if you have the resources then they help more than hinder. Obviously if you only have 1g of ram then your better of disabling. But like everything else in life it's each to there own thing, what makes them geeky to you can make them useful to somebody else.

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