10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

Summary: Desktop Gadgets in Microsoft Windows 7 are more sophisticated and more useful than in previous versions of the operating system. Here are 10+ gadgets that should be in your desktop management portfolio.

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  • Greg's last gadget - ARP.

    Images by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.
  • Greg's gadgets poised and waiting for a click.

    Images by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.
  • There are several gadgets designed to interface with iTune, but this one is the one I like. You can play music from your iTunes library without having to keep iTunes open.

    Images by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • What a crappy article!

    Just 1 of all those you shoed up there is useful: the weather one.
    The CPU meter is ugly! Check out "All CPU Meter" and others... are amazing.

    Good luck in your research
    nanomartin
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin your Mr. Sunshine today I see.
      ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @ItsTheBottomLine
        He's right. That and the currency converter. The rest is junk.
        LTV10
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @ItsTheBottomLine He's right. Worse still, a good chunk of those come with Windows, so you don't need to get them, you have them...and almost everyone that reads ZDNET already knows that.<br><br>Wunderground and proweather are both better than the weather bug that comes with windows (not that the windows version is bad). Addgadget's CPU Usage and network meter are better essential tools. I'd never use the one built into windows...it's fugly and provides less useful information.
        notsofast
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin I agree. I don't understand the title of the article. Most the the gadgets he talks about have been around since day one It seems what this slide show is saying is "after 3 years there are still very few good windows gadgets" zdnet has a lot of lame articles. Some good but I almost find it 50/50.
      bellum80
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin How about a spell checker gadget smiley!
      bmacshara
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @bmacshara@... Go check your brains.
        m3kw9
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin

      Agreed.
      That article has more crap than the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment plant
      aquinas2221
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @MSFTWorshipper as opposed to a wintard?
        LTV10
    • Yes, it is crappy.

      Agreed. None of them are particularly useful.
      laman
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      look look HTTP://www.bizboysell.com
      itkonlyyou217
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin I can only agree!
      Aphataeros
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @nanomartin
      Each of us has our own preferences. I love the CPU meter and couldn't care less about how it looks. My laptop has no hard-drive light, and this gadget tells me when bootup is finished. Further, it tells me when there is an inordinate amount of CPU activity, such as when I found that an update routine was running constantly and hogging resources (unltimately identified in the Resource Monitor). Of course, I can always leave the Task Manager running, but the CPU meter is more compact and convenient.
      jb_lantz9
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @jb_lantz@...
        In other words, you need a gadget that shows your CPU utilization because your laptop is impractically slow until it's done with the boot-up routine. I find it sad we have to use a gadget to contend with two interface design issues (boot-up unacceptably slow and poor feedback from the laptop.
        Ben1265
  • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

    These are not must haves, these are more like if you install them, you will waste more time. A useful must have for most people would be one showing top 5 process using the CPU and memory. This tells you which process is taking up your resources, or crashing. Like iStat for Mac. How is a slide show gadget a must have? A must have for the slide show enthusiast?
    m3kw9
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @m3kw9 I really miss my mac. I recently started using the CPU one, but eh... I can do with out it. ctrl+alt+delete for the task manager works just as well. The rest is crap cuz I've tried them all. Since when are 'easy to get to' crap games must haves? The slideshow is beyond destracting. Gadgets make me miss using a mac.
      Winterborne6
  • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

    Not a single thing in that list I would use. If you want to know what is going on with your machine put up a shortcut to Resource Monitor. You don't need a currency converter anymore, just type convert 1500 us dollars to italian lire and you get the answer, etc.
    mswift1
    • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

      @mswift@... What are you talking about? Googling that brings up the need to click on some strange site. Why not use the trusted widget instead?
      MSFTWorshipper
      • RE: 10 plus must have Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets

        @MSFTWorshipper I would rather type it in to the Wolphram Alpha computational knowledge engine and get an instant result...well, as instant as my Internet connection will allow.
        edsager9
  • A puzzle...

    ...? What freaking grade do they think people are in? "Puzzles - If there is on thing proven over and over again it is that people love puzzles. Can you reconstruct the photo by sliding the blocks around?" OH MY WORD do they have to be condescending too?
    zach.winchester