Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/178869/how-to-add-gadgets-back-to-windows-8.1/
Do you miss the gadgets from Windows 7 now that you’re using Windows 8.1? There’s no official way to re-install them, but there is a way to get them back using a third-party, free utility called 8Gadgetpack.
There is a reason that Microsoft stopped supporting the Gadgets:
Microsoft Security Advisory (2719662)Vulnerabilities in Gadgets Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Which is the same for any programs that you download from the net (or script that you execute). The real reason is that Microsoft wants us to use Metro applications because they can get money from it. I am sure that Microsoft cares about our security. But honestly, I believe one second they made this move for security reason. When you have a security problem you fix it, you don't stop the support of a program.
That's somewhat true but the main reason Microsoft decided to cancel support of Gadgets for security purposes was because they have no control over third-party Gadgets and as such they could compromise a computer's security (buffer overruns, etc...). If your favorite Gadget happens to be connected to a hacker's server, as an example, they could take over your computer as they wish. Who does the checking for vulnerabilities in any given third-party Gadget app? The original programmer? Your antivirus/anti-malware program? Yeah, good luck with that!
I hate they removed Gadgets because it was a great way to monitor my computers while on with the desktop applications desktop running next to it. Now I have to find new tools.
With Classic Shell and 8Gadgetpack my Win 8 PC behaves like Win 7. No regrets. One of the problems with the store is that there are no tools for Power Users or Geeks. Most of the stuff you found there is dumbed down and is not free. Monitoring your computer at a glance (resources, disks, RAM, CPU load, temperature, fan coolers RPM, bandwidth usage, etc) cannot be done from the Metro interface. The new Task Manager have some useful features but it is not enough.
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