The Desktopgadgets Revived-2.0must be extracted from the downloaded ZIP file before running, and once installed, traditional Windows Vista/7 style gadgets can be accessed by right-clicking your desktop and selecting Gadgets.
Appearance and Personalization (see our guide to Windows 10 settings for more information on personalization settings), and you can add them to the desktop by clicking-and-dragging them into place.
So, desktop gadgets can still be added to Windows 10. This is great for anyone wishing to relive the halcyon days of Windows 7 (which they might also do by reverting to Aero Glass) and maximize their productivity.
For instance, using a clock set to a foreign time zone can be invaluable when collaborating with people overseas, or just checking that your aunt in New Zealand is awake before you call.
If those screenshots of the old-style desktop gadgets aren’t exactly floating your boat, you have another option.
You may be aware of Rainmeter, a tool for customizing the Windows desktop.
It features 24 hours of battery life and claims to be a 'mini-disco on the move'.
Introduced in Window Vista and discarded in Windows 8, Microsoft decided that these tools were not required in the era of live tiles, and so gadgets were dropped.
Among its various features is the ability to introduce information to the desktop, such as a clock, current hardware statistics, current and forecast weather, and more.
Basically, everything that gadgets do, but with considerable style.
Fans of the desktop gadgets will be pleased to know that we now have ways to restore the gadgets. Probably my favorite solution, if only because it is so straightforward and light on resources, is Windows Desktop Gadgets.
Compatible with Windows 8.x and Windows 10, this solution is designed to work with multiple languages, which can be added in the installation wizard.