Tom's Guide: 25 Free and Useful Windows Desktop Gadgets

Microsoft discontinued gadget support because it said it wanted to focus on "the exciting possibilities of the newest version of Windows." As a result, the Windows website no longer hosts the gadget gallery. However, for some people, gadgets were one of the best parts of Windows 7. If you're a massive Gadget fan and miss perusing the gadget gallery, we urge you to check out Tom's Guide's '25 Free and Useful Windows Desktop Gadgets.'

Gadgets first debuted on Windows Vista. These small programs remain useful, even though Microsoft withdrew official support for them on Windows 7. They're still a great way to keep useful information at hand so that you access it at any time.

Many gadgets originally designed for Vista work properly on 7, despite what Microsoft says. Here’s a rundown for the Windows Vista and 7 users out there--a list of 25 Windows Gadgets that will appeal to the power-user.

Take note, however, that not all of the following gadgets are designed to run at the same time. Every Gadget you use takes up screen real-estate, which is even more valuable on the smaller screens of laptops and netbooks. Our recommendation: Look through the list, pick what is useful, or even suggest some of your own in the comments below. Happy browsing, and feel free to come back here for our regular updates.

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  • inerax
    I was like WTF did M$ bring them back?
  • CaedenV
    weather and the EVE gadget is all you ever need