Microsoft urges Windows Vista, 7 users to disable desktop gadgets

By Matthew ยท 47 replies
Jul 11, 2012
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  1. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Well, I'm not disabling mine, that's for sure. I only use one gadget and it's very important at the moment, plus I've always liked them anyway. Mine's an old one so hoping it will be alright.
  2. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    I always considered them crap anyway. Never used them. Looks like I wasn't wrong.
    Rainmeter all the way! :D
  3. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 149   +58


    Exactly! The only thing that cat clock and inaccurate weather app did was slow down my windows startup even more...
  4. I was never really crazy abou the gadgets, I did try some but found they only slowed things down. The larger issue is Microsoft offers a feature that many people use and their responce to a security issue is don't use the feature. I think they want people to use the Metro interface in Windows 8 and want to get rid of gadgets anyways, which is why they are saying don't use gadgets and why they are not giving additional information. I'm not really crazy about the direction Microsoft is going in general; they seem to be offering fewer choices and just telling users what they can/can't use. This is yet another reason I have been playing around with Ubuntu Desktop 12.04 LTS. I'm slowly learning it and can see it as a viable alternative to Windows, at least on the home front. My only real issue is gaming, which Windows does rule in. If only the gaming industry would start releasing Linux based games, then I'd be set.
  5. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    There is a gadget Ive always used shows things like CPU, ram hd stats etc but weirdly also as built in radio streaming (out of context really) its called Computer Status and I love it :D
  6. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    I have one gadget running, the weather gadget. I like it, I paid for it as part of Windows 7 and I expect a fix for any vulnerabilities so I can keep using it and any others that I so choose!

    Not that I want to come off blaming Microsoft, I shouldn't have to worry about running the OS of my choice as is. I am sick of these scum bags that write the software that takes advantage of these vulnerabilities and would like to see stiffer penalties against them.
  7. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    Gadgets, what are those?

    I remove them from my OS install when I customize it; never cared about dynamic things on my desktop; I just use a blank back background to avoid distractions and minimize system resource consumption. If I want to see things, I'll load up apps specific for them, not a problem.
  8. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    only gadget I use is the Windows CPU meter, which I tricked out to look like actual dash gauges. other than that I really don't use the desktop widgets.
  9. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    Run! The paranoids are coming!:eek:
  10. HuntForTheWOrst

    HuntForTheWOrst TS Member Posts: 27

    Tbh the were the gadget of my life...for the first 10 munutes then I got id of them and never used them again I dont get the use of them when you can alead see the charger of the battery internet connection time and date without them and the currency's just searchthem up on google :p.
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Is it just me or do those people who say "My gadgets are very important to me" but dontpost this gadget that is so very important?

    Last time I looked at those gadgets, I couldnt find anything that another program wouldnt take care of for me.


    Common guys, list your gadgets so that we can find replacements for your "oh so important" gadgets, and get rid of this useless and annoying feature in Windows.
  12. steve7

    steve7 TS Rookie

    I disabled mine ages ago, Rainmeter FTW! :)
  13. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Enthusiast Posts: 56   +12

    So this is really only a security problem if your using 3rd party gadgets not created by Microsoft correct? If you use Microsoft owned and created gadgets your safe? It sounds like it all boils down to whether or not you know just what gadget you are installing, where it came from and do you trust that developer.
  14. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    "Useless and annoying" is an opinion, an opinion I don't share with you. I don't want you to find me an replacement for something that simply doesn't need replacing, It works fine as it is thanks.(y)
  15. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 304   +62

    I never really got into my gadgets. They're always in the way, and I never need them enough to warrant them constantly running. It looks like Metro will have apps on it that update when you look at them though. That'll probably be a good improvement.
  16. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    I only use one of them. A Weather gadget that tells me the temperature. No biggy. Takes you to MSN if you click it. I'm not paranoid about it though, it'll stay. Hey, I'm using Microsoft software, so I'm used to living on the edge. :)
  17. This is why I use rainmeter...
  18. Microsoft is the biggest letters on the block. They've lied about everything possible you can imagine. Updates to fix certain things have been known to be just lies tricks. they only do things in their interest . It's all about power and money and we are the pons.

    If your computer is working fine your gadgets are fine. You should always use backup software anyway. Then you have nothing to worry about. If your computer went down a couple mouse clicks and you're totally restored. Don't use Microsoft backup either. I honestly could tell you about personal lives I've proven from Microsoft but a little Internet research you will have overwhelming evidence the company is a bunch of pigs.
  19. This is rubbish. I use mine on 3 pcs fine with no issues. This is just microsofts really tacky attempt at frightening people off win 7 and on to 8. Not happening, took me ages to recover from the vista fiasco, with us reinstalling XP on all our machines, and now this. No, sorry but 7 works fine, no vulnerabilities if the machines are updated and users stay away from dodgy down loads. So MS can go whistle dixie as far as I am concerned. Windows 8 is not going to be forced onto our machines... hell I might even buy a mac instead...!
  20. This is really informative to secure our system from malfunction gadgets and other vulnerabilities. It will be useful for everyone who are all reading this.
  21. It's sad M$ is not supporting gadgets anymore. I remember when I found out in it's own add page. It said migrate to W8 and use the new app sys instead; I don't think so. I kind of like gadgets overall; at least by principle alone, although I don't use them that much anymore. I like to think of gadgets as "always running links". Now instead of creating a static shortcut; you could make your own pinned sniplet; now called a "gadget"; on it's own taskbar like place. Gadgets are a good idea, with a good and simple implementation. They're great for dynamic content that needs to be updated regularly. I believe the vulnerabilities are an extension of what they're really are; mini web pages. This has been the way of M$ ever since IE. To integrate the internet into the system. Obv not a good idea; security wise, from the start. Unless your biz is made up of constantly selling to the lusers the "new, improved, and fixed" next ver release; of course. And like any executable code; the only one nearly 100% secure (besides the ones that came preinst), it's the one you developed yourself, in site. Eg, 16MB (a typical usage number) don't seem by much nowadays; but a few year's ago it was what video cards had of memory. Anyways, 16MB of a lot of processes, quickly add up to a significant number. So the best one is obv the one not ran at all. So consider that before stating that your megahurtz have been stolen..!

  22. Maybe they could create a hotfix for this problem, just like many others.

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