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Can I get back desktop Gadgets?

I love desktop gadgets from Windows 7 (calendar, time, CPU usage) and now I am on Windows 8.

I know that those things are removed by Microsoft itself, but can I somehow re-add them?

Or is there something alike that works for me directly from desktop and not from the start menu?


While there is no direct way to get the gadgets back, there are indeed many hacks and workarounds. Ghack.net has a way to do it

There are actually 3 in the above mentioned link:

  • Windows Sidebar / Gadgets for Windows 8 RTM

  • Windows 8 Desktop Gadgets

  • 8Gadget Pack

Also check addictivetips.com to get them back.

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