8GadgetPack Free

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  • Main window
  • Gadgets Window
  • Sidebar Window
  • Main window
  • Main window
  • Gadgets Window
  • Main window
  • Clock gadget
  • Calendar gadget
  • Gadgets Control Panel

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Pedro Castro Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 6.0
Desktop Gadgets is a feature of Windows 7, although something quite similar appeared with Windows Vista by the name Windows Side Bar. These gadgets became very popular among both users and developers due to their availability right from the desktop.
Most of them are intended for simple functions such as showing the current time and date and information about system status while others may come with some applications, as, for example, the antivirus software. However, Windows 8 does not readily support gadgets. If you are one of those users who miss these widgets, 8GadgetPack is a solution allowing you to use this feature even though you are running Windows 8.

8GadgetPack works not only as a side bar allowing you to run gadgets, it also comes as a complete package containing standard gadgets and a few more. Therefore, besides the well-known Clock, Calendar, Currency, CPU Meter, Picture Puzzle and My Weather, the package also includes Agenda, Clipboarder, App Launcher, Control System and many others. Using 8GadgetPack is very simple. In fact, there is nothing new to learn. Just after you install the feature, you can use it just as you have always done.


  • It comes with a complete pack of gadgets.
  • It is easy to use.


  • Sometimes it fails to start along with the system.
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What's new in version 13.0

Added high-dpi support. Gadgets shouldn't appear too small anymore.
Added a separate uninstaller tool (here) to fix broken installations.
Started to work on Windows 10 support. Most of the gadgets work on Windows 10, but not all.
Updated outdated gadgets.
Added iBattery gadget and a japanese calendar gadget (only visible on japanese Windows versions).

What's new in version 12.0

- Added a workaround to make gadgets stay visible when pressing Win D or when using the Show desktop button under Windows 8.1.
- Fixed a bug that prevented access to gadgets by touch. Due to high demand, it is now possible to install 8GadgetPack on Windows 7.
- Improved startup reliability.
- Improved multi-monitor support in 7 Sidebar.
- Updated outdated gadgets and added a gadget: Glassy Network Monitor.

What's new in version 9.0

2013/12/11: Version 9.0 released.
Startup is more reliable now hopefully. Added a few gadgets and updated the outdated ones. The sidebar is now not always on top by default and accessible by keyboard.

What's new in version 8.0

- Fixed a bug that prevented to start all gadgets at startup. The crash on startup should happen way less often now. Also fixed a bug that prevented the installation of 3rd party gadgets when the temp directory was not on the systemdrive. Added a few gadgets and updated the outdated ones.

What's new in version 6.0

-Fixed a bug that caused the gadgets to crash at startup or prevented gadgets to show up.
-Also made autostart more stable.
-Fixed a bug that prevented flash gadgets to work.
-Updated outdated gadgets and added a few.
-Added silent install support

What's new in version 5.0

Resolved a bug preventing the gadgets to start. Updated a lot of gadgets and added a few. Improved install time and installer compression. Changed the weather gadget that appears on first start-up to WeatherCenter

Publisher's description

8GadgetPack is a program that installs desktop gadgets on your computer. You will get improved system monitoring tools, weather applications, calendars, CPU Meter, Currency Meter, Recycle Bin, Power Status and many other. You can also shutdown/restart the computer using the shutdown gadget.

Latest comments

  All comments (4)
  • 11
    Guest Last year

    It is beautiful, but gives errors and crashes and so I going to uninstall it.

  • 1
    Ian Oakes Last year

    The best replacement I tried.

  • 7
    Gaurav Kumar Last year

    Good replacement for gadgets in Windows 8/8.1.

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