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How to Install a Windows Gadget Easily

by Thu Hà

1. How to Install a Windows 7 or Windows Vista Gadget

The compartmentalized nature of gadgets for these older operating systems makes running new gadgets a breeze.

1. Download the Windows gadget file: First, you need to download the Windows gadget file. This file contains all the necessary information and source code to run the gadget on the Windows operating system. If you already have this file on your computer, you can skip this step. Previously, Microsoft created a catalog and stored Windows gadgets. This means you could access Microsoft’s website, search for the gadget you wanted, and download it. However, Microsoft no longer maintains this catalog.

2. Search for the gadget on software download websites and the developer’s website: Nowadays, most Windows gadgets are stored on software download websites and the gadget developer’s website. This means you need to search for the gadget you want on these websites. You can search for the name of the gadget you want on your web browser, then choose a reputable software download website or the developer’s website to download. Make sure you download from a reliable source to avoid security issues.

3. Download and install the gadget: After you have found the gadget you want, download it and then install it on your computer. Typically, you will download a .gadget or .zip file. If it is a .zip file, you need to unzip it to get the .gadget file. Then, you just double-click on the .gadget file to install the gadget.

4. Execute the downloaded GADGET file: After you have downloaded the GADGET file, the next step is to execute this file. “Execute” here means that you will open the file with the Desktop Gadgets application. This will initiate the installation process of the gadget on your computer. To do this, you just need to double-click the GADGET file that you have downloaded. When you double-click the file, the Windows operating system will automatically recognize that this is a GADGET file and will open it with the Desktop Gadgets application.

5. Start the installation process: When you double-click the GADGET file, the installation process will automatically start. During this process, the Desktop Gadgets application will read the information from the GADGET file, including the source code and other necessary resources to run the gadget. The installation process usually happens quickly and does not require user intervention. However, in some cases, you may need to confirm some access rights or configure more to complete the installation process.

6. Use the gadget: After the installation process is complete, the gadget will be ready to use. You can find your newly installed gadget in the list of available gadgets on the Desktop Gadgets application. From there, you can drag and drop the gadget to any position on your desktop screen.

7. Select Install if you receive a security warning stating that the Publisher could not be verified: When you install a Windows gadget, the operating system may display a security warning if the publisher of the gadget file cannot be verified. This usually happens when the gadget file is created by a developer who does not meet Microsoft’s identity verification requirements. In this case, you will see a warning dialog box with an “Install” button. If you trust the source of the file and want to continue with the installation, select “Install”. However, remember that installing a file from an unverified publisher can pose security risks.

8. Most Windows gadgets are created by developers who do not meet Microsoft’s identity verification requirements: This means that most Windows gadget files are not created by Microsoft or another large company, but instead, they are created by independent developers. Therefore, they may not meet the identity verification requirements set by Microsoft. However, this does not necessarily mean that there is a security concern. Many independent developers create safe and useful applications and gadgets. However, you should always be careful when downloading and installing any file from the Internet.

9. There is not necessarily a security concern: Although the Windows operating system may display a security warning when you install a gadget, this does not necessarily mean that there is a security concern. This warning is just a precautionary measure to ensure that you know that you are installing a file from an unverified publisher. However, you should always implement basic security measures when downloading and installing any file from the Internet. This includes using antivirus software, not opening files from untrustworthy sources, and always updating your operating system and software.

10. Configure necessary gadget settings: When you install a gadget, there may be some settings you need to configure. For example, if you install a Facebook gadget, this gadget will require your Facebook login information. This is necessary for the gadget to access your Facebook account and display relevant information. If you install a battery level monitor, you might want to adjust the size or opacity of the gadget window. This allows you to customize the gadget to fit your computer’s interface.

Gadgets in other Windows versions:

  • Older Windows versions, like Windows XP, do not natively support desktop or sidebar gadgets: In older Windows versions like Windows XP, the operating system does not natively support desktop or sidebar gadgets. This means that you cannot install or run gadgets on these Windows versions without additional software.
  • Newer Windows versions, like Windows 7, support gadgets: In newer Windows versions, Microsoft has added support for desktop and sidebar gadgets. This allows you to install and run gadgets directly on the operating system without additional software. However, Microsoft has discontinued gadget support in even newer Windows versions like Windows 8 and Windows 10 for security reasons.

Notes: Windows 10, and Windows 8, don’t support gadgets either.

2. More Help With Windows Gadgets

  1. Removing a gadget from the desktop: When you remove a gadget from the Windows desktop, it doesn’t mean that the gadget is completely removed from your computer. Instead, what happens is that the gadget is simply not installed on the desktop anymore. This is similar to removing a shortcut to a program from your desktop – the program itself is still installed on your computer, but there’s no longer a shortcut to it on the desktop. In other words, the gadget is still available to Windows and is still on your computer like any other program, but there just isn’t a shortcut to it on the desktop.
  2. Availability of the gadget to Windows: Even though the gadget is not installed on the desktop, it is still available to Windows. This means that Windows can still access the gadget and its functionalities, and you can still use the gadget if you want to. The gadget is still stored in the Windows gadget library, which is a collection of all the gadgets that you’ve installed on your computer.
  3. Adding a previously installed gadget back to the desktop: If you want to add a previously installed gadget back to the Windows desktop, you can do so by right-clicking or tap-and-holding anywhere on the desktop. This will open a context menu where you can select “Gadgets” (in Windows 7) or “Add Gadgets” (in Windows Vista). When you select this option, a window will open that shows all available Windows gadgets. These are all the gadgets that you’ve installed on your computer and that are available to Windows. You can then select the gadget that you want to add back to the desktop, and it will be installed on the desktop again.

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