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Windows 7 SP1 Gadgets will not remain on desktop

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

          My Windows 7 SP1 Gadgets have disappeared from my desktop.  Each time I attempt to access Gadgets, the next window listing the ones available for selection does not open.  Any suggestions for accessing Gadgets so I can place them back onto the desktop will be greatly appreciated.

         Thank you

         George
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Microsoft has retired gadgets and recent updates have removed them. They were always a security risk.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows/gadgets
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by:Qlemo
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But retirement does not mean they are actively removed from the desktop. You just can't download them anymore.
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by:John Hurst
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I really suggest not using them, but you can see if SFC restores their action.

Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW twice. Allow to complete, restart and test.
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by:Wilder1626
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And if you really want to use them, you can always try to restore the W7 gadgets.

Click the Start button and open the Control Panel.

You need to type Restore in the Search field at the right top corner of the Control Panel window and then, you click Enter.

Select Restore Desktop Gadgets Installed with Windows under Desktop Gadgets.

Windows will restore the default gadgets.
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by:jcimarron
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Wilder1626--
Why would you want the Gadgets when they may be a cause of security problems and/or cause malfunction with IE11?
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/windows-7-gadgets/e0940f43-8324-4043-9465-fb34298806d0

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gadgets

There are lots of third party "gadgets" you can use instead.
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by:GMartin
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Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

              This is certainly very interesting reading.  I never knew that Gadgets posed a security risk for the operating system and IE11.  With respect to third party gadgets, can someone perhaps provide a link or links to safe ones which do not pose a security risk to the pc?  Gadgets I am particularly interested in are clocks, calendars and weather icon which gives temperature and brief outside weather conditions.

             Any feedback given in reply to this follow up question will be greatly appreciated.

             Thank you

             George
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by:John Hurst
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The whole concept is gone in Windows 8 and Windows 10, and Windows 7 has reached its best before date, so perhaps just give them up.
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by:GMartin
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Hello

            Speaking of Windows 10, what is its stage of development?  Is it in its beta stage?  

             George
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by:John Hurst
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Windows 10 is a tech issue at this point and is due out in about 7 months or so. I have the latest build running and it looks good at this point.
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by:GMartin
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Hello

          Does Windows 10 have many extra features as compared to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1?

          Thanks

          George
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by:John Hurst
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Windows 10 integrates Metro into the main desktop (so any Metro apps will run in a Window). It adds a Start Button similar to (say) Classic Shell. It strikes me as more reliable than Windows 8, although since this past Fall, Windows 8.1 has become quite reliable.

Please take a look at my articles on First Impressions of Windows 10

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16579-First-Impressions-of-Windows-10.html

And, Ways to Improve Windows 8

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16620-Ways-to-improve-Windows-8.html
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by:John Hurst
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@GMartin  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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by:GMartin
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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone

             Thanks so much for giving me the heads up about Gadgets.  It certainly never crossed my mind that they could pose security risk or concerns especially to IE 11.  I am not exactly sure what could make a Gadget a security risk,   Laying aside the possible technical explanations which could explain this, the most important concern from my perspective is protection of my pc and data from hacker attacks.

             Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and insightful links.  Have a great rest of the day.

             George
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GMartin --
You are welcome.
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