If you’re in love with Windows 7 gadgets then you might be astonished by the fact that Windows 8.1 doesn’t consist of gadgets and there’s no direct way of re-installing gadgets back on windows 8.1. However there’s an application called 8GadgetPack that offers to bring back Windows 7 gadgets onto Windows 8.1 .
Upon installing 8GadgetPack, a sidebar is added on your desktop to which you can add gadgets you had in Windows 7. You must install 8GadgetPack as administrator. Since 8GadgetPack is an MSI package, you must configure your registry editor to be able to install it as administrator. Read the tutorial on how to install MSI packages as administrator.
HOW TO ADD WINDOWS 7 GADGETS TO WINDOWS 8.1
Step 1 : Download 8GadgetPack. Right click 8gadgetpack.msi and choose Install as Administrator.
Step 2 : Follow the on-screen instructions to install the package.
Step 3 : After installing, some gadgets will be already placed on your desktop. To add more, click the plus button located top right of the sidebar.
Step 4 : A pop up appears with a range of gadgets to choose from just like you had on Windows 7. To add a gadget, drag the gadget to sidebar or double click on it.
Step 5 : To place your gadgets out of the sidebar, hover your mouse over the gadget. You’ll see a small toolbar next to it. Hold the dots and drag it to any place you like on the desktop.
Step 6 : To edit the gadget, move your mouse over the gadget and click the wrench icon that appears on the small toolbar.
Step 7 : 8GadgetPack also allows you to view and access open applications. To do so, click the window-manager button located at the top of the sidebar. Click an open program to open it or click the window-manager button again to view the gadgets .
Step 8 : To edit the sidebar, right click an empty space on the sidebar and select Options. You’ll be presented with a range of settings to make.
If you wish to have Windows 7 gadgets back on Windows 8 then 8GadgetsPack is one of the methods of getting back some of the Windows 7 gadgets without having to download them all over again.