W8 – unofficial desktop gadgets!

By on July 2, 2013 11:02:51 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

DrJBHL

Join Date 04/2002
+2155

 

Hankers sent me an interesting url this morning.

Gadgets were removed in W8 and while a partial Start Button made it back in W8.1,

Gadgets were not so lucky.

Now, apparently you can get them back and a sidebar as well: Link.

So, if you’re so inclined, mosey on over and take a look.

19 Replies
Search this post
Subscription Options


Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 11:09:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Doc, I posted about  using sidebar gadets on Win 8 in this post back in September: http://forums.wincustomize.com/430781/page/1/#3270143

I've been using this in my Win 8 install with no problems whatsoever. http://8gadgetpack.bplaced.net/

It uses any of the old gadgets and comes with some rather nice new ones as well. It is as yet untried on 8.1 as I am waiting for the release , the preview to me is a total waste of time.

Edit: In fact, I have been using software from this developer since Win 7 release to get the actual sidebar back. It also added window previews to the sidebar.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 11:25:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is about 8.1, though, Wiz. Actually, I did it with you in mind because I remembered how upset you were about the Yahoo gadget thing...

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 11:35:20 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I haven't used Yahoo Widgets since late 2008 so I think you have those mistaken for my opinion of MS saying that the Windows sidebar gadgets were a "security risk" and had to go. What a load of crap! I suppose those tens of thousands of so-called Modern Apps are 100% safe.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
Sign Up or Login and this ad disappears!
There are many great features available to you once you register. Sign Up for a free account and browse the forums without ads.
July 2, 2013 12:43:25 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

W8 – unofficial desktop gadgets![/quote]

 

[quote who="DrJBHL" reply="2" id="3377923"]This is about 8.1, though, Wiz.

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 12:54:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 12:59:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

OK, according to the site http://8gadgetpack.bplaced.net/, it isn't compatible with the 8.1 PREVIEW yet.

Tech tip: If a preview breaks your software, don't blame all the vendors of said software and demand a fix. Perhaps it is the preview that needs to go instead. If anything needs fixing, it should be done after the release, not before or during a "trial" that isn't even a beta test.

Just my .02 cents.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:08:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Gadgets and the sidebar was just about the very first thing I deactivated since my first Vista ( ) POS.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:12:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks to me like you're talking about 8gadgetpack, while I'm talking about PainteR's new installer for "Desktop gadgets and sidebar for Windows 8.1"

 

This may or may not be ok with 8.1's warranty agreements.

Quoting 2of3,

Gadgets and the sidebar was just about the very first thing I deactivated since my first Vista ( ) POS.

Me either, but some folks do use them so...I report for them.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:18:24 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
This may or may not be ok with 8.1's warranty agreements.
Since when did MS get to the point of mandating what software we can run on our PC's? What next, no third party browsers or AV programs? IE10 and MSE or your license is revoked?

Both will give you sidebar gadget runtimes. 8gadgetpack will no doubt get updated to work on 8.1 when released.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:20:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
This may or may not be ok with 8.1's warranty agreements.

Pardon me, but since when does Microsoft get to decide what applications we can run on OUR PCs?

That's ludicrous!  Doc, I assume you're joking? 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:29:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

BTW, I have never heard ot this Winaero site, nor do I think much of a site that places "suckerbuttons" all over it to mislead people into downloading other software, especially toolbars.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:32:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Is there an echo in here?

I think folks are confused. I REPORT things. I don't create policy for MS. If there's a chance there might be a problem (which I read in the links) I mention it.

I'm not on W8/8.1. I report things which might be of interest to people here. It's a volunteer thing.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 1:48:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ok, so the comment about voiding MS warranty is a report of something someone else said? Or your words?

That is the part of your report that is ludicrous.

 

So, can you please provide more info on Windows 8.1's "warranty" agreement? Especially where it says that they want control over what apps we install?  You have a link?

 

I thought it was your words. Forgive me if you didn't make yourself clear.

 

I think it's called a EULA, btw.

 

 

Quoting DrJBHL,
Is there an echo in here?

 

Is it so unusual for two people to agree on a thread?  No echo, just coincidence. 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 2:23:03 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Since I don't have 8/8.1 I don't have a EULA. If the installer alters system files, it might void that. Hence the warning which I quoted. If you think that's ludicrous, that's your problem.

 

Apart from that this is from the quoted link.

Please don't strain the fabric of the space-time continuum with claims of coincidence. 

http://winaero.com/blog/desktop-gadgets-and-sidebar-for-windows-8-1/

 

 

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 3:03:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 6:20:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Please don't strain the fabric of the space-time continuum with claims of coincidence.

 

 

Quoting DrJBHL,
Since I don't have 8/8.1 I don't have a EULA. If the installer alters system files, it might void that. Hence the warning which I quoted. If you think that's ludicrous, that's your problem.

 

I will assume that's a joke. Because it was coincidence. If you don't believe that, then that's your problem.     Doc, you seem a bit hostile. I don't see why. I meant no offense.

 

 

But the idea of Microsoft voiding a "warranty" due to something I decide to install on my PC is ludicrous, regardless of who said it.

 

So ridiculous, in fact, that I'm suprised you repeated it.

 

Sensing your hostility, I will exclude myself from further comment on this thread.

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 2, 2013 7:20:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The spirit in this thread is strong but even you cannot hope to stand against;

The Legend of Cobra Cat!

and yes I know but they tell me as long as I stay on the meds I'm harmless

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 3, 2013 1:21:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedneckDude,
But the idea of Microsoft voiding a "warranty" due to something I decide to install on my PC is ludicrous, regardless of who said it.

Not really.  There have been instances over the years where use of 'odd' software would see MS Support simply say 'tough tits...revert to original or you're out of luck'.

GUI modding has been rife with that....from simple reverse engineering of dll's to complete shell replacements...

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
July 3, 2013 2:58:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

we would need to know what it does.

either Microsoft left the whole platform in the code and this just removes the hotfix MS once provided due to "security concerns". then it would be legal (in the EU at least), but will void your warranty.

or this is coded from scratch. then it would be illegal if it would redistribute content copyrighted by MS (the default skins). i think this is the case. it would also be illegal if it would redistribute third-party gadgets without consent. but let's assume permissions have been given for those. the default skins are already enough to make it illegal. it wouldn't void your warranty though.

please note: i'm not saying you shouldn't use it. it's a shame MS killed this platform (for dishonest reasons).

Reason for Karma (Optional)
Successfully updated karma reason!
Stardock Forums v1.0.0.0    #108432  walnut2   Server Load Time: 00:00:00.0000157   Page Render Time:

Home | About | Privacy | Upload Guidelines | Terms of Service | Help
WinCustomize © 2014 Stardock Corporation. All Rights Reserved.