Windows 7 weather gadget

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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    Windows 7 weather gadget


    I have for about a year now have had the windows 7 weather gadget work after following a community fix to add a file called "config.xml" to a location that the gadget reads. The gadget no longer updates any of its weather info anymore. Does anyone know if there was a update to the msn weather servers at mircosoft, or have any fix that might work?
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  2. Posts : 386
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
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    According to the MSN Weather website the MSN Weather app only supports Windows 10 or above. I don't know but that may mean that they don't support the MSN Weather gadget any more for Windows 7.

    On one of my Windows 7 computers I verified that the MSN Weather gadget can't connect to the server. However, an alternate one the My Weather gadget still works with Windows 7.

    Windows 7 weather gadget-windows-7-2.jpg

    On my Windows 11 laptop the MSN Weather gadget works fine. Also, the My Weather gadget works also.

    Windows 7 weather gadget-windows-11-2.jpg

    BTW, I use a program called 8 Gadget Pack to enable gadgets on my Windows 10 & 11 computers. It includes the MSN Weather gadget. I added the My Weather gadget from its website.


    MSN Weather app
    MSN Weather - Free download and install on Windows | Microsoft Store

    My Weather gadget
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    Update:

    The screenshot I showed is for the Weather gadget not the MSN Weather gadget. Sorry about that. See Post #8 to see how to get the MSN Weather gadget for Windows 7.
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  3. Posts : 567
    Windows 7 x64 SP1
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    I tried installing the My Weather (German one), but it won't display. I am able to display the calendar so I know that my gadgets do work. On the Gadget control panel, the My Weather gadget does look kind of grayed-out, not sure what that means...

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    In the meantime, I installed the Weatherbar app from Dark Skies. It installed and runs, but seems to have trouble with my location, even though it lists it correctly.
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  4. Posts : 386
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
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    I don't know why the My Weather gadget is not working for you. I just downloaded and installed it this morning on my Windows 7 desktop computer.

    Note the My Weather gadget doesn't automatically find your location. You have to go into the settings and change it from its default.

    Also, I tried the My Weather gadget on a Windows 7 virtual machine. It works fine on it also. On the screenshot note that the MSN Weather gadget runs but can't connect to the server.

    Windows 7 weather gadget-2024-06-22-15_51_38-greenshot-2.jpg

    Update:

    The screenshot I showed is for the Weather gadget not the MSN Weather gadget. Sorry about that. See Post #8 to see how to get the MSN Weather gadget for Windows 7.
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  5. Posts : 12
    ultimate x64
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    It was also happened July last year. At back then, it was off for a week and silently came back. And the MSN gadget MisterED mentioned is user modified version. Which is still working on Windows 7 (Seems like it gets data from yesterday tho), with lack of location relate services tho.
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  6. Posts : 386
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    sh20000sh said:
    It was also happened July last year. At back then, it was off for a week and silently came back. And the MSN gadget MisterED mentioned is user modified version. Which is still working on Windows 7, with lack of location relate services tho.
    What do mean by user modified version? In Windows 7 the MSN Weather gadget is the standard one from gadgets. This is the one not working.

    With Windows 7, I installed the MSN Weather gadget from the Windows gadgets app. It couldn't find the MSN server. Is there a reason it is not able to do this.

    With Windows 10 and 11, I installed the program "8 Gadget Pack". It adds Windows 7 gadgets. I installed the MSN Weather gadget from it. This gadget works fine and loads data from the server.

    Update:

    The screenshot I showed is for the Weather gadget not the MSN Weather gadget. Sorry about that. See Post #8 to see how to get the MSN Weather gadget for Windows 7.
    Last edited by MisterEd; 3 Weeks Ago at 03:07.
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  7. Posts : 12
    ultimate x64
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    MisterEd said:
    With Windows 10 and 11, I installed the program "8 Gadget Pack". It adds Windows 7 gadgets. I installed the MSN Weather gadget from it. This gadget works fine and loads data from the server.
    Layout from that gadget is actually from Vista. It was modified because original gadget wasn't serviced in certain regions. Interesting point is - it still needs config.xml workaround even if it got modified.

    EDIT: I searched more about backstory about that modification, version that has five dates when enlarged was result of modification. They said original cache had too many unused information. I'd just used that one if it had 'find location automatically' option.

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    If we have to modify original gadget to work, seems like it'd work when we touch code related with variable 'oMSN', still couldn't figure out how.
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  8. Posts : 386
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
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    sh20000sh said:
    Layout from that gadget is actually from Vista. It was modified because original gadget wasn't serviced in certain regions. Interesting point is - it still needs config.xml workaround even if it got modified.
    EDIT: I searched more about backstory about that modification, version that has five dates when enlarged was result of modification. They said original cache had too many unused information. I'd just used that one if it had 'find location automatically' option.
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    If we have to modify original gadget to work, seems like it'd work when we touch code related with variable 'oMSN', still couldn't figure out how.
    I just realized something. I just checked the gadgets on my Windows 7 computer and the MSN Weather is not even there. I was looking at a gadget called Weather. That is the one that didn't work.

    Windows 7 weather gadget-w1.jpg

    Now for the good news. 8GadgetPack not only works in Windows 10/11 but it also works in Windows 7. I installed it in my Windows 7 Pro computer. The MSN Weather gadget in 8GadgetPack does work in Windows 7 as shown in the screen shot below.

    Windows 7 weather gadget-w2.jpg

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  9. Posts : 567
    Windows 7 x64 SP1
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    Thank you Mister Ed, the 8 gadget pak works perfectly. When I installed it, there were instantly about 7 clocks on my desktop, along several instances of the weather app that actually works (My Weather? - I'm currently on Linux so I'm trusting to memory here). Evidently I kept trying to get them on my desktop, and they wouldn't show, until I installed the gadget pak.

    At first I wondered if it was safe, but there were articles on it from several sites I generally trust, so I figured it's probably OK. Really cool. I prefer the My Weather gadget to the MSN one, since it displays humidity etc. MSN does also, but you have to click something, and then it's hard to read.
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  10. Posts : 386
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits
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    michael diemer said:
    Thank you Mister Ed, the 8 gadget pak works perfectly. When I installed it, there were instantly about 7 clocks on my desktop, along several instances of the weather app that actually works (My Weather? - I'm currently on Linux so I'm trusting to memory here). Evidently I kept trying to get them on my desktop, and they wouldn't show, until I installed the gadget pak.

    At first I wondered if it was safe, but there were articles on it from several sites I generally trust, so I figured it's probably OK. Really cool. I prefer the My Weather gadget to the MSN one, since it displays humidity etc. MSN does also, but you have to click something, and then it's hard to read.
    I don't remember whether the My Weather gadget came with 8GadgetPak or if I installed it separately. In any case you can update it if there is a new version available. I have v.8.2 which was released recently.
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