Windows 7 Gadgets Pack

Windows 7 Gadgets Pack


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 9 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0
File Size:
9.61MB
Date Added:
February 12, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows/7
Total Downloads:
282,781
Downloads Last Week:
1,216
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Who doesn't love Windows gadgets? These simple desktop apps handle all kinds of jobs, from time and calendar displays to weather and news feeds and even games and utilities. Thoosje's Windows 7 Gadgets Pack is a free set of its 25 most popular Windows gadgets, with tons more available online. From Gadgets Pack's interface you can install gadgets with a single click. We tried it out in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, though Thoosje offers a similar gadget pack for Windows 8.

Based on our choices, Gadgets Pack's installer placed desktop and start menu icons in our system, including a built-in uninstaller accessible from the program's start menu folder. We clicked the desktop icon, and the Gadgets Installer interface opened. It's a simple affair displaying five categories with sample previews and check boxes: Calendars, Clocks, CPU, Games, Search, and Tools. Clicking any category showed five gadgets for each. We could select the gadgets we wanted, then click Install Gadgets to install them all at once.

We clicked CPU and picked one that seemed to show a lot of detail. We clicked and installed it, but when it opened, every value was labeled with non-Western characters. We clicked what looked like a settings button and promptly rebooted our system. Then we removed the gadget in the usual way -- from the Windows Desktop Gadget manager, which for most users will be in the Control Panel under Appearance and Personalization.

We tried another CPU meter; it was much smaller and simpler, but it proved easy to read the data. The Tools category has a battery meter, calculator, weather widget, and other basics; the calendar and clock selections were similarly familiar. The Games section has some awesome old-school video games like Atari Asteroids and Pong as well as favorites such as Magic 8-Ball and Tic-Tac-Toe. Pong uses your keyboard's directional arrows, while Asteroids' screen expands to play.

All of Gadgets Pack's gadgets looked great, but several showed non-Western text, and the games don't quite match online versions. But these are free gadgets, after all.

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  • All Versions:

    2.9

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    2.9

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1 stars

    "Crashed my computer."

    September 06, 2013   |   By teletopp

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    There are no pro comments to make about this software.

    Cons

    Too many to list.

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrible, contains "Malware/Greyware/Bloatware/Etc..""

    June 30, 2013   |   By zipman_13

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    Zero, none, Do Not use or download this.

    Cons

    It contains malware, greyware, bloatware, browser add-ons, virus's, etc..

    Yes, I do have "proof".

    Thank god my Anti-Virus software caught it.

    I cannot believe that "C|Net" approves items on their site that would put someone's computer at risk.

    This is the last time I will ever download anything from their site...

    Summary

    Bad, very bad...

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  • 1 stars

    "Don't do it!"

    January 16, 2013   |   By rikosuave

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    None, unless you don't mind re-booting every 2-3 minutes!

    Cons

    Gadget pack caused me to reboot my box 1-2 minutes after logging on.

    I would get the message, "Windows Desktop Mangaer stopped working" then the BSOD!

    When I removed the gadget pack, my PC is now back to normal.

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  • 2 stars

    "No digital clocks, installed browser add-ons"

    December 29, 2012   |   By redrocketwestie

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    The only thing I was looking for was a digital clock gadget, so I can't speak to the utility of the others. No pros.

    Cons

    Poor interface, unwanted add-ons installed without consent, didn't have the one thing I was hoping to find. Rather than 25 unique gadgets, this is a collection of 5 of each of 5 kinds of gadgets. So there are 5 different clock skins, 5 different calendars, etc. The clocks are all analog, just like the default Windows gadget. Don't download it thinking there's going to be a lot of functionality. You're getting 5 gadgets with a bunch of different skins.

    Summary

    Shady installation procedure that closed all my browser windows and reopened on wajam.com. Later found out that Wajam and "coupon helper" extensions had been installed in my browser (Chrome) without my knowledge. It makes me worry that more stuff got installed, and question CNET's review and vetting procedure.

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  • 1 stars

    "There were too many problems downloading the Pack."

    December 12, 2012   |   By teddybish

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    None at all.

    Cons

    It would download the Pack but when trying to select the gadgets, I got the message about my selection not being there and then the selection page would go away.

    I gave up when my Firewall said the program was trying to download malware to my computer.

    Summary

    Not worth the time or effort.

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  • 5 stars

    "The pack has really great designed clock gadgets"

    October 22, 2012

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    The windows 7 gadgets pack has nicely designed and good working gadgets.

    The publisher has also a great gallery for more gadgets on his website with over 500 more free windows gadgets. at www.thoosje.com

    Cons

    thanks for uploading

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  • 5 stars

    "Reaaly useless pack!"

    October 21, 2012   |   By markraynolds

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    Nice looking and usefull gadgets here! Also i found gadgets here: www.freewingadgets.com

    Cons

    Thank you!

    Summary



    Updated on Oct 21, 2012

    Also i found gadgets here: http://www.freewingadgets.com

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  • 5 stars

    "Great to have Gadgets back"

    October 20, 2012   |   By ikiioli

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    this has all the Gadgets I needed

    Cons

    Will they work in Windows 8?

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  • 5 stars

    "These are great examples for windows 7 gadgets."

    October 03, 2012   |   By Dad with TT

    Version: Windows 7 Gadgets Pack 1.0

    Pros

    It's a great pack where you can easily install multiple gadgets in one time. The pack has windows 7 gadgets inside that people tend to use the most on their desktop. The gadgets are of a good quality.

    - easy install & uninstall
    - nice gadgets

    Cons

    could have some more gadgets

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