The Weather Channel Desktop

The Weather Channel Desktop

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.7
out of 346 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.0.25
  • Total Downloads:
    589,276
  • Date Added:
    May 16, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    299.18KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,168
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Instant access to real-time local weather information is one of the Internet's underrated pleasures. There are Web sites, feeds, gadgets, widgets, e-mail and IM alerts; just about every Net platform has brought you the weather at some point. Free desktop utilities that import weather conditions and usually display the local temperature in the system tray are perhaps the most popular Web-based weather-watchers. The Weather Channel is perhaps the most trusted name in coast-to-coast cable TV weather forecasting and related information. Put the two together and you have The Weather Channel Desktop, a free utility that does what the other weather gadgets do, but much more. But, though free, to download and use, its versatility comes at a price: advertising.

The Weather Channel Desktop gives you instant access to the weather-, climate-, and health-related information that comprises The Weather Channel's extensive daily programming. The local radar; traffic, road, and travel conditions and maps; national and international weather news; information related to allergies, colds, and flu; sports and exercise updates; weather trivia; video; and a lot of other useful stuff that is undeniably handy to have in one spot.

To get all that free, you have to look at some ads. The main interface has annoying Flash ads that you can stop but not defeat, and a "mini" mode that apparently only works with the paid upgrade you have many opportunities to buy. Still, if you don't mind animated ads, which are hardly uncommon online, then The Weather Channel Desktop has a lot to offer.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 17 votes

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  • All Versions

    2.7

    out of 346 votes

    • 5 star 74
    • 4 star 60
    • 3 star 40
    • 2 star 34
    • 1 star 138
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2 stars

"TWC Desktop Weather version??? latest"

October 03, 2011  |  By 208jhn

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

constant script errors, constant notifications of new version even after install. zero help with free version

Summary

It's better then some, but I'd look for a better one. It gives the "appearance" of TWC not caring about anyone but the money types. My attitude is if you can't fix the free one, why would I pay for it. The notifications of a new version after installing it is just too much.

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4 stars

"Great when the ads don't get in the way"

October 02, 2011  |  By philsyes

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

Very easy to use, accurate. Get everything from current radar display to forecasts for your particular location.

Cons

Recently, there have been annoying pop up ads that block some of the functions. For example when you pull up the 12 hour forecast (which is on 2 pages), the ad blocks the ability to advance to the 2nd half of the information.

Summary

Until the problem with the pop-ups started, this was the best way to get weather information. It's as accurate as any newscast, and is available for your location 24/7.

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3 stars

"WAS the site I went to every day but now ads block it."

September 23, 2011  |  By Boofenton

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

Good info (if you can get to it)

Cons

Advertisements block access to some areas.

Summary

As long as these ads block my access to all areas, I will NOT be using the desk top any longer.

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1 stars

"ads keep blocking important info"

August 26, 2011  |  By dirres1

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

pros: good access to weather data in any area of US

Cons

keeps placing floating ads over buttons whaich are necessary to obtain data. Ads seldom go away making app useless

Summary

it's crap. find another one and ditch Weather Channel

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3 stars

"Visuals are not clear."

July 28, 2011  |  By mcwizzer

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

Ability to moniter seversl locations.

Cons

Mainn screen v8suals too confusing, busy.

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4 stars

"on the money"

July 18, 2011  |  By v4vusa

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

always there then needed

Cons

no comment

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4 stars

"The only one I found with a interactive map"

July 03, 2011  |  By Jim969

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

The best feature is the interactive map, when animated can show you which direction the storm is going and whether it will increase in size or fade out before it reaches you.

Cons

Annoying ads, can't get something for free without sacrafice and this latest version has an ad with a script error issue. Ad is Allstate. When it shows up and u press any button, error message pops up and to get rid of it u need to close the program

Summary

This is a great program like any other software there will be bugs in the system it takes time in locating them and then to send the update to the software. Here is the script error message from that ad.
An error has occurred in the script on this page.

Line: 1
Char: 1
Error: Unable to get value of the property "SetReturnValue": object is null or
undefined
Code: 0
URL: http://dw.weather.com/services/dwzeus/dw6/index_f html?
installid=1262924878&prodcode=20&instby=wxpetssp&cobrand
=zpets&appver=60025
Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?
Yes or No
Doesn't matter if you hit Yes or No the error message won't close unless you close the program.
Hope they see this and fix the problem.

Updated on Aug 1, 2011

I've been told that the error is fixed in this version of weather desktop v6.00.25. to tell the truth, it has not, i'm using v6.00.25 and tried using desktop a minute ago and the script error still comes up. i guess i won't be using weather channel desktop v6.00.25 until a fix or an update appears. by the way i'm using microsoft windows 7 ultimate.

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2 stars

"Too many problems to be worthwhile"

July 02, 2011  |  By hjrich

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

Nice display with alert pop ups.

Cons

Hangs up while trying to run map in motion. Get script errors that require shutdown of the program to get out of them.

Summary

Even though the program is useful, it is not "ready for prime time". Too much aggravation trying to keep it running without script errors. This happens with Windows Vista.

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2 stars

"Great, but the ads are crazy"

June 18, 2011  |  By yrztkira

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

There's a tornado coming.

Cons

-Make sure to NOT install the ASK toolbar, AGREE to install Weather.com, DECLINE all the other offers, or your PC will be cluttered and infected when you click on the links of the newly unapproved third-party software.
-Stupid ads are memory hoggers.

Summary

Here's a little loophole to block those ads if you don't have a specific adblock for IE: Content advisor in your Internet Options. Block the link http://dw.weather.com/services/dwzeus/dw6/index_f.html?installid=1262588603&instby=desktopsp2&cobrand=zweather&prodcode=20&appver=60025 in content advisor, and then it won't load (but it will have an annoying content advisor popup... which do you prefer?

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4 stars

"Very good service for me."

June 15, 2011  |  By vaclare

 |  Version: The Weather Channel Desktop 6.0.0.25

Pros

It works for me. I like that it works in whatever country I am at the time.

Cons

Every once in a while an error message shows up and I end up having to uninstall and reinstall it again.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0.0.25
Version 6.00.25 adds:
  • Win 7 support for both 32 and 64-bit versions
  • New weather cartoons, weather trivia, and weather word of the day.
  • General
    Publisher The Weather Channel Interactive
    Publisher web site http://www.weather.com
    Release Date May 16, 2011
    Date Added May 16, 2011
    Version 6.0.0.25
    Category
    Category Home Software
    Subcategory Weather Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 299.18KB
    File Name downloadcomsp_StubInstaller.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 589,276
    Downloads Last Week 1,168
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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