The desktop gadget concept was originally introduced with Windows Vista, and it’s been enhanced in Windows 7. In Windows 7, gadgets can be placed anywhere on the desktop, and it now includes a gadget manager to access all installed gadgets from one place.
Gadgets are small apps that offer quick access to news, drives/folders, and other information right on the desktop. For example, you can use the default CPU Meter gadget to view your system performance without opening the Task Manager.
A few days ago, we covered 20 useful gadgets for your Windows 7 desktop. The guide showcases some of the best gadgets available on the official Windows Live Gallery page. While gadgets that we covered in the useful gadgets are brilliant and most of them are not so elegant and may look not so great on your Windows 7 desktop, especially on Windows 7 editions that support Aero.
Aero glass gadgets for Windows 7
If you need some pretty gadgets that look cool on your Aero enabled desktop, we have some excellent Aeo gadgets to share with you. A DeviantArt member has crafted a total of 14 awesome gadgets for Windows 7 desktop and has packed all 14 into a single file so that Windows 7 users can quickly download and install them.
The pack consists following 14 gadgets:
# System control (shutdown, restart & lock)
# CPU meter
# Net bar (monitors download/upload speed)
# Net usage stats
# Notes colour
# Notes white
# Drive info
# Recycle Bin
To install one or more gadgets from this pack, follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Download the gadgets pack.
Step 2: Extract the 7Zip pack to the desktop to see Gadgets folder. You may need to download the 7-Zip software.
Step 3: Open the folder, double-click on an item and finally click Install button.
Step 4: You are done!
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Update: The pack has been updated to fix some minor issues, and it now includes a total of 15 beautiful gadgets. Enjoy!