Gadgets: A feature in Windows® 7
What is the Gadgets feature in Windows 7 and how to enable it?
Gadgets feature puts fun and information together in your desktop like games, weather, news etc. In Windows 7, the users can move and resize the Gadgets icons that are set on their system's screen. This feature available in Windows 7 can do more than showing the weather, time and date etc. It can be used for monitoring system performance, CPU usage, memory usage and more. This feature in Windows 7 is very cool and is free to download. It can also make your tasks easier. One of the Gadgets named ‘i forgot the milk’ can be used to plan, complete and postpone the tasks. FaceBook explorer is another gadget, related to social networking. This will help you to keep in touch with your facebook friends and such activities. If you want a clear desktop or you do not like others to add Gadgets in your desktop then you can also disable it.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about the Gadgets in Windows 7:
- Various gadgets offered
- Features of gadgets
- Enabling techniques
Various gadgets offered
Other than showing the weather or news, gadgets in Windows 7 are useful as system monitoring tools for keeping track of Windows 7 resources like CPU, hard drive, network usage etc. Various gadgets offered in Windows 7 are CPU Meter gadget, DriveInfo gadget, System Control A1 gadget, Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadget, System monitor gadget, margu-NotebookInfo2 Windows gadget, iPhone battery gadget, Network meter gadget, All CPU meter gadget and Memeter gadget.
Features of gadgets
The CPU meter gadget has two dials, one for tracking the CPU usage, and another for tracking physical memory usage. The DriveInfo gadget tracks the free space available in the PC’s hard drive and displays it in GB and percentage. System control gadget is for monitoring the resources of Windows 7. It tracks CPU load and also memory usage. By using the Wi-Fi monitor gadget you can watch the wireless network connection and also verify the coverage. The system monitor gadget will track CPU usage, battery usage, RAM usage, the current time, external and internal addresses etc. With the help of margu gadget, you can view wireless network length, battery level, system uptime and more. Network meter will deliver information like signal quality, upload and download speed etc.
There are two ways for enabling Gadgets. One is by 'REG' file download and other way is through the local group policy editor. For enabling through 'REG' file, download the enable_gadgets.reg file and save it to the desktop. Right click on the '.reg' file and click on ‘merge’. When prompted click on 'Run', and then on 'Ok'. Now restart the computer to make changes complete. For using the group policy editor open ‘local group policy editor’. Now expand user configuration, administrative templates, windows components and finally desktop gadgets which are in left pane. Now right click on the option ‘turn off desktop gadgets' in the right pane and click on 'Edit'. Select 'not configured or disabled'. Now click 'Ok' and close the window of group policy editor. Then restart your system.
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