Free Sidebar Gadgets for Windows 11/10/8.1/7 Desktop


8GadgetPack for Windows 11/10

Microsoft has dropped all support for desktop gadgets. Even so, I like to have some information ON my desktop while I do things on my computer, I am a “data junkie” and I need to know what my CPU and some other stuff are doing. I think many people will agree with me.

Fortunately, the solution is simple. With 8GadgetPack you can have, on your desktop, the Windows Gadgets made for Windows Vista ... back in Windows 11, Windows 10 or 8.1. 8GadgetPack comes with few official gadgets made by Microsoft and few gadgets made by users. 8GadgetPack is a software program developed by Helmut Buhler. It adds a registry entry for the current user, which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted.

8GadgetPack setup

After a while (it can take some minutes) the installer will be complete and you need to click on Finish.

8GadgetPack setup complete

8GadgetPack integrates into the desktop context menu and Control Panel. That is, you can quickly access the 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.

Desktop context menu

When 8GadgetPack is installed, you can open and install .gadget files made for Windows Vista or Windows 7. To access the directory where the gadgets are saved, open an explorer window, click on the top of the address bar and paste the following text: "%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\Gadgets".

Familiar 'Gadgets' window

8GadgetPack flawlessly integrates into Windows 11/10/8.1 without causing any issues. It has a good reaction speed, delivers accurate information, and uses a low amount of CPU and RAM.