Windows 7 vs Windows 8: Desktop Gadgets

Windows 7 vs Windows 8

Desktop Gadgets in Windows 8

People are anxiously waiting for the release of Windows 8. Based on the latest information, this is expected to happen by the end of 2012. But the consumer preview of Windows 8 has already been released and you can get it from the website of Microsoft. You can download it for free and is available in ISO format. It is also possible to choose between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Earlier, rumors regarding Windows 8 pointed out that it will not be having the option for adding gadgets because of its new landscape. But the fact is that Windows 8 desktop actually includes an entry for gadgets.

If you are able to see the reduced size version or look at the full sized version from a different window, you can see the Gadgets located at the right-click popup menu from the Windows 8 desktop.  You will also be able to three of the favorite Windows Vista/7 gadgets along with Symantec Norton Internet Security gadget at the right edge of the display.

List of gadgets from top to bottom

  1. The Windows Vista Shutdown Control – This will make sure that the shutdown, restart and logout button are not more than one click away from the desktop.
  2. The AddGadget All CPU Meter – This will display the core utilization, core temps, memory consumption and more (the most latest version is 3.9 which can run of Windows 8).
  3. The AddGadget Network Meter – This displays the network traffic, signal strength for Wi-Fi interfaces and other kinds of interesting network data (the latest version of which is 8.1).

    Windows 7 vs Windows 8

    Desktop Gadgets in Windows 8

  4. The NIS 2012 Gadget – It shows up automatically as and when you install NIS 2012. It will pop up on your Windows 8 desktop after the restart and launches the suit “for real” after installation.

These desktop gadgets are really useful and informative and people are delighted to know that the previous reports regarding this on Windows 8 was faulty. Given the architectural similarities between Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Expect for Metro interface and touch stuff), we were actually wondering how Microsoft has managed to keep them out. Apparently, they didn’t, at least not in the consumer preview of Windows 8.

That’s all with the Windows 7 vs Windows 8 gadget comparison; have a nice day!

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