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    Everything about Windows Gadgets

    This is a guest post by Mahender who blogs at StepsandTips. If you would like to write for NiharsWorld, check our guest posting guidelines.

    What is Windows Gadgets?

    Windows Gadgets are easy-to-use mini applications that give you information at a glance and provide easy access to frequently used tools. Windows Gadgets are programs developed to attend the particular task in Windows. Gadgets are created by using XML , HTML, CSS Programming Languages (CSS 3 Quick Reference guide).

    In this post we will discuss about the interesting points like :

    • Windows Gadgets History
    • Windows Gadgets Classification
    • Locations where the Gadgets are stored
    • How to Install Windows Gadgets in your system

    Windows 7 Gadgets

    Windows Gadgets History

    Gadgets are introduced in Windows Vista version in the year 2006. The idea Sidebar originated in a Microsoft Research project called Sideshow summer of 2000, and was used internally at Microsoft. It had many similarities to current desktop gadget software, including a clock, traffic reports, and IM integration.
    The Sidebar appeared in “Longhorn” (Windows Vista) builds as early as September 2002, and was originally intended to replace the notification area or Quick Launch toolbar in Windows, but these plans were scrapped after the Longhorn “reset” in mid-2004.

    The Windows Sidebar was rebuilt for and began to appear in Windows Vista builds in the second half of 2005. Some reviewers and Macintosh enthusiasts have pointed out the Sidebar’s similarities in form and function to Konfabulator (now Yahoo! Widget Engine) and the Dashboard widget engine first included with Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X v10.4, which had been released a few months earlier. It could be noted that Windows Sidebar originally appeared in Longhorn before OS X Dashboard had officially debuted and Konfabulator had been purchased by Yahoo!, but this is insignificant, as the first widgets-based application was introduced officially two years earlier by Konfabulator.

    In Windows 7, Windows Sidebar was renamed Windows Desktop Gadgets, and the sidebar itself is not present.

    windows  Gadgets

    Windows Gadget Classification

    Gadgets can be classified into two types. One type of Gadgets works with our computer Applications and Second Type requires Web Services. For Example Gadget which shows the CPU and RAM Utilization uses the System Applications. Gadgets which shows weather information uses web services to display the current weather information.

    sidebar.exe process in Windows Gadgets

    In Windows Vista, sidebar.exe process will run for every Gadget we are using. But in case of Windows 7, only one sidebar.exe process will run. sidebar.exe file is available at c:\\Program files\\Windows Sidebar\\sidebar.exe.

    Vista  Gadgets Processes in Task Bar

    Locations of Windows Gadgets

    Default Gadgets are available at c:\\Program Files\\Windows Sidebar\\Gadgets
    User Specific Gadgets are stored at Appdata\\microsoft\windows sidebar\\Gadgets
    Common Gadgets are available at Program files\\windows sidebar \\ Shared Gadgets

    Gadgets Settings are available in gadget.xml file where the gadgets are installed, we can also change this file using notepad.

    Step 1: Downloading and Installing your Favorite Windows Gadgets

    Download your Favorite Windows Gadget

    Step 2 : Click on Download of your Favorite Selected Windows Gadget

    Download of Selected Gadget

    Step 3: Click on Install

    Install of Selected Gadget

    Step 4: Click on Save Button to Save in your Computer

    Save to Save in your Computer

    Step 5: Install Windows Gadget in your Computer

    Step5 Click on Install of Selected Gadget

    Hope this post gave you good insight on Windows Gadgets.

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