Download Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar for Windows 11, 10 and 8.1

You can download Desktop Gadgets for Windows 11, which were available in Windows 7. Now they are adapted to work in Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Even if Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows since Windows 8 RTM, it is possible to get them back.

Microsoft has removed them in order to focus development on Windows 8 and promote the Tile-based Metro/Store apps.

For all gadget fans who enjoyed and had fun with them, here is the revived version of Desktop Gadgets/Sidebar that is compatible with Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1!

How to Download and Install Desktop Gadgets for Windows 11

  1. Download the Desktop gadgets installer from this link.
  2. Unpack it to any folder and run.
  3. Select the installer language.Select installer language
  4. Review the components to be available and click on the Install button.Download and Install Desktop Gadgets for Windows 11
  5. Wait for the installer to finish its job, and you will instantly get gadgets on your Desktop Gadgets for Windows 11

The key features on the installer

The most important features of this installation are:

  • it supports all possible Windows languages, so you will get gadgets and sidebar's interface with your native language! The installer is able to detect the required language automatically and install will it for Sidebar.
  • It will restore all the genuine features like:
    • Desktop context menu.Windows 11 Desktop Gadgets in Desktop Context Menu
    • The show/hide gadgets command.
    • Full Control Panel integration with working links inside the "Appearance and personalization" category! manage gadgets from the control panel
    • The integration with Windows Search: wherever you type "gadgets" - in Control Panel, or in third party Start menus like Open Shell or StartIsBack, the common gadgets-related tasks will appear in search results!
      • The Open Shell menu:
        Classic Shell menu

        Classic Shell menu example

        The Start is Back menu:

        Start Is Back menu example

        Start Is Back menu example

Do not forget to check out our gadgets gallery and pick some cool gadgets for your desktop!

Download link for Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar for Windows 11, 10 and 8.1

Uninstalling the package

If you dislike gadgets, you can easily uninstall the package. All you need to do is to open the Settings app (press Win + I), and then go to the Apps & features > Apps section.

Find the Windows Gadgets entry and select Uninstall to remove it.


That's it.

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