Microsoft has discontinued Desktop Gadgets feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 releases due to some serious vulnerably in Windows desktop sidebar platform. In Windows 8 and 8.1 versions, gadgets like Calendar and Weather have been replaced with built-in apps that show information on the Start screen in real-time.
Users who aren’t very serious about the security and users who’re not aware of the reason for this move, have been complaining about the lack of desktop gadgets in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
The good news is that users who are missing the desktop gadgets feature in Windows 8/8.1 can now download a free software called Desktop Gadgets Reviver.
It’s taken a little longer than we were expecting, but finally a good software is now available to get desktop gadgets feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions. Unlike other gadget packs out there for Windows 8/8.1, Desktop Gadgets Reviver not only adds gadgets to your desktop but also adds Gadgets entry to desktop context menu and Control Panel, just like in Windows 7.
Once Desktop Gadgets pack is installed, it will automatically open Gadgets window that we’re familiar with. By default, just like in Windows 7, Gadgets window includes a total of eight gadgets: Calendar, Clock, CPU Meter, Currency, Feed Headlines, Picture Puzzle, Slide Show, and Weather.
You can drag one gadget at a time from this window onto the desktop area to add it to your desktop. The beauty of this gadgets pack is that you can download close to 1000 gadgets by clicking on Get more gadgets online link.
According to the developer of Desktop Gadgets Reviver, all gadgets in the gallery have been tested to work on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
As we mentioned earlier, Desktop Gadgets Reviver pack integrates into the desktop context menu and Control Panel. That is, you can quickly access Gadgets window by right-clicking on the desktop, and clicking Gadgets. The other cool feature is that you can also hide all gadgets on the desktop by right-clicking on desktop, clicking View, and then clicking Show desktop gadgets.
Installing Desktop Gadgets pack is fairly simple. Download the installer (link available at the end of this article), run the setup file, and then follow the on-screen instructions to install the pack.
All in all, if you’re missing desktop gadgets in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, this is the best software you can install to get Windows 7-style desktop gadgets in Windows 8 and 8.1. Desktop Gadgets Reviver pack is fully compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 systems.
MetroSidebar is another beautiful sidebar designed for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions.