8Gadget Pack Review – Bring Back Sidebar Gadgets to Windows 8

8Gadget Pack Review - Bring Back Sidebar Gadgets to Windows 8

I know not everyone is enamored of the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets, but I use them all the time, on every computer I own.  I like the CPU monitoring as well as Hard Disk monitoring, so that I can easily see at a glance if my computer is doing something in the background, or if it is really frozen and needs a restart.  This is especially true on my Windows 8 Atom tablet, which is much slower at processing things that my i7 desktop and laptop!

8Gadget Pack is a free utility that you can install to bring back the gadgets into Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, but NOT on Windows 8 RT, as it requires an executable file to run on the desktop.  There are currently 48 included gadgets that you can choose from included with their package.  If you backed up copies of gadgets you liked before you upgraded to Windows 8, you can also install them, and there are still sources online for you to be able to downloads them from, although Microsoft has taken down the page that they used to host for them.

If you like gadgets on your desktop, and you’d like them back on your Windows 8 or 8 Pro computer, then 8Gadget pack is for you!

Company Website:  http://8gadgetpack.bplaced.net/

Cost:  Free

What I Liked:  Gave me my gadgets back!

What needs improvement:    No way to use on Windows RT

About the Author

Deni Tako
Deni lives in Southern California and has been happily married for 14 years. She works in politics and uses electronic gadgets to support her business and as a way to escape from it! Her wife tolerates and supports her electronics habit because she receives equal support for a cosmetic & beauty supply addiction. Her current devices include a GatewayFX6801 Windows Desktop PC, Sony Vaio17” laptop, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Kindle Touch, and the latest addition being a Samsung ATIV Windows 8 Tablet.
  • tderenthal

    This is great! I miss the CPU and network meters. I feel like I’m flying blind without them. Now I have them back. And Rainmeter isn’t as good, IMO.