Different Gadgets for Windows® 7
Windows 7 includes a number of features. Windows 7 comes with a Windows Media Center gadget to the default collection while removing the Contacts and Notes gadgets. You can add a number of gadgets to the desktop of your Windows 7 operating system. 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 will not get loaded which would help in power-saving practice.
The following is information about Windows 7 gadgets:
- CPU Meter Gadget
- Drive Info 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 track your system CPU usage and another which would track physical memory usage. This is a basic Windows 7 gadget which does not have any fancy options. This would help you to check the CPU being used at any point of time.
Drive Info Gadget
The Drive Info Windows 7 gadget in Windows 7 monitors the free space available on your system hard drives. It displays the free space in both Giga Byte and percentage. It is very easy to configure and is an attractive addition to other Windows gadgets. It is available as a free download from the Windows Live Gallery.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget designed for Windows 7 has a good interface. With the help of this you could see available wireless network connections; verify wireless coverage, and lots more in a unique interface. It includes a lot of useful information. 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 might find it really useful. You can download it for free from the Windows Live Gallery.
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