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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?


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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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