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3 Ways to add/install desktop gadgets for Windows 8/8.1/10 | Gadgets in Windows 8/8.1/10


Windows 7 was very cool, and one of the many things of Windows 7 which i liked were – Desktop Gadgets!. They were cool in every way, they showed CPU/Ram Status, News feed, Weather etc and lots of important stuff right on desktop!. So, i tried to add Gadgets in my Windows 8 installation and found these 3 best softwares to install desktop gadgets for windows 8/8.1 or to add gadgets in windows 8/8.1. Though, I have tested them in Windows 10 Technical preview , i hope they’ll work in the final release as well.

Way # 1 – Desktop Sidebar/Gadgets installer by Gadgetsrevised.com

Gadgets on Windows 8/8.1 using Desktop Gadgets Installer

This is perhaps the most simple yet safest way to add Gadgets to your Windows 8/8.1 installation . All the Gadgets, sourcefiles are from Microsoft hence assured of being virus-free.

Steps to add Gadgets in Windows 8/8.1/10 through Desktop Sidebar installer

  • Download and Install the Desktop Gadgets installer by clicking here. (Just 5 MB in Size)
  • Once, you are done with the installation, go to Control Panel.
  • In control panel, Search for “Gadgets” .
  • As shown in the alongside image, Some results for Gadgets will appear – Here select the “All Gadgets” option. (Highlighted in the Black rectangle in the alongside image).
  • In the dialog-box opened, you’ll be shown various Gadgets, Now simply double-click on the Gadget you’ll like to add and voila! it will be added to your desktop!.(Highlighted in the Green Rectangle in the alongside image).
  • This is the most-easiest way to install/add Gadgets on your desktop.


Way # 2 – 8GadgetPack

Gadgets on Windows 8 using 8GadgetPack

8GadgetPack is yet another freeware which allows easy addition of Gadgets in Windows 8/8.1/10 . besides this you can even install 3rd party Gadgets ( .gadget files) with this software likewise in Windows 7!.

Method to use 8GadgetPack

  • Download and Install 8GadgetPack from here.
  • Once you’re done with installing, launch the “8GadgetPack” from the Start menu, if not executed/run after the installation.
  • Now, Click on the Gadgets you want to be shown, they’ll appear in the Sidebar!
  • You can even disable the Sidebar fence by right-clicking in the blank area of the Sidebar and select “close sidebar” option, the Sidebar will be closed but the Gadgets will still be intact!.

Way # 3 – Rainmeter

Rainmeter provides endless Widgets and Gadgets customisability!. There are no limits for the functionality of Rainmeter and customizability provided by it – hence, I have covered them all in this separate – Rainmeter Tutorial – Windows 7/8/8.1/10 .

Providing just a sleek-peek at what Rainmeter can do –


I hope, you too will be able to add your favorite gadgets in windows, If you face any problem feel free to comment :)


  1. Harsh December 8, 2014

    Bro give me latest emulator for pc to run android on pc

    1. Chaitanya December 9, 2014

      Sure, the post regarding that is coming soon 🙂

  2. Igor August 1, 2015

    Desktop gadgets and sidebar for Windows 10 – http://www.myfavoritegadgets.info/gadgetswin8/gadgetswin8-5.html

  3. George August 21, 2015

    You may like also to consider the Gadgetarian at
    Gadgetarian does not add any new abilities to the Windows system, it just enables the native gadget functions, now unfortunately hidden. This way you can keep using all of your old desktop gadgets or add new ones, without compromising the integrity of the OS.


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