Latest Windows® 7 Gadgets
What are the different gadgets available for Windows 7? What are the roles of these gadgets?
Windows 7 released has removed the sidebar. The gadgets could be placed on the desktop. Windows 7 comes with a Windows Media Center gadget to the default collection while removing the Contacts and Notes gadgets. Managing gadgets is more likely connected with Windows Explorer, but the gadgets themselves continue to operate in a separate process called sidebar.exe. The Desktop context menu would include a new "Gadgets" menu option to access the gadget gallery and a "View" sub-menu option to show or hide gadgets. When you hide the gadgets then the sidebar.exe process would not get loaded which would help in power-saving practice.
The role and contribution to enhance the performance of latest Windows 7 gadgets are discussed below:
- CPU Meter gadget
- Drive Info gadget
- System Control A1 gadget
- Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget
CPU Meter gadget
The CPU Meter Windows gadget designed for Windows 7 would display two dials in which one which would tracks your system CPU usage and another which would track physical memory usage, both in percentage format. This is a basic Windows 7 gadget which does not have any fancy options. This would help you check the CPU being used at any point of time.
Drive Info gadget
The Drive Info Windows 7 gadget would monitor the free space available on one or more of your system hard drives. It displays the free space in both GB and percentage. It is very easy to configure and is an attractive addition to the other Windows gadgets. It is available as a free download from the Windows Live Gallery which is available for your Windows 7 desktop or Windows Vista Sidebar.
The System Control A1 gadget is a great resource monitor gadget designed for Windows 7. It tracks CPU load and memory usage. The System Control A1 gadget is freely available in Windows Live Gallery. It supports up to 8 CPU cores which helps in making it fully compatible with the latest multi-core CPUs.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget designed for Windows 7has a great interface. You can see available wireless network connections; verify wireless coverage, and more in a unique interface. Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor includes a lot of useful information into a single gadget. It might look a bit "heavy" with the radar display running all the time with the huge Xirrus logo, but it is a powerful gadget and you may find it really useful. You can also download it for free from the Windows Live Gallery.
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