If you are some who needs to know exactly what state your system is in at all times, then Windows 7 should come as a blessing to you. This version of the Os features 'Gadgets', that run on your desktop, and show you important information about your system, among other things.
For example, there are gadgets that show the amount of hard disk space left, the amount of RAM used, and even the CPU Utilization of the system. In addition to these, there are even gadgets that show you the latest news, and weather. Of course, all of these do not come pre-installed, and you will have to install them for the functionality. In the paragraphs below, we tell you more about some of the best gadgets you can install on Windows 7.
Top 10 Windows 7 Gadgets
This is a basic gadget which shows the current weather and temperature in a very pleasing visual way. During nighttime it even shows the phases of the moon. In the full view it shows a three-day forecast. It comes included with Windows.
The original Microsoft calendar just got modified to blue, which matches the cool bluish wavy theme of Windows 7. This basic gadget displays the day, date, and month, and comes included with Windows.
I Forgot the Milk
This is a very useful gadget, which allows you to add, complete, or postpone tasks. However, for more complex modifications you will have to use the web application. In the gadget you can customize everything, right from the colors, to the size and the time format. However, it needs to be connected to work properly, otherwise it keeps popping up annoying red error boxes.
This basic gadget can be very useful for people who keep their machine on for days together. The Uptime Windows gadget helps to keep track how long Windows 7 or Windows Vista was kept on for. It resets every time the machine restarts. It is available as a freed download at the Windows Live Gallery.
All CPU Meter
This gadget keeps a track of the CPU usage and the available memory. It is a great gadget, as it has support for as many as eight CPU cores. There are few options, and background color is one of them. This is a small advantage, that will help you merge this gadget with any Windows theme you select. It also has a nice one second update time, and a well designed graph. You can download the gadget for free from the Windows Live Gallery.
This is a very simple gadget and shows the current battery level, but does it with beautiful graphics. It comes with nine slick skin options which you can choose, and also customize. It also shows how much time you can run the machine on battery. It is a very useful gadget for people who use laptop computers, and find the battery indicator in the system too small.
This is a nice and basic-looking gadget which shows you the free space available on one or more of your PC's hard drives. It displays the space available in GB and percentage. It is available as a free download from the Windows Live Gallery. If you want a very basic and smaller gadget that performs the same function, then go for the Drive Activity gadget.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadget
This is a cool gadget that shows wireless network connections, wireless coverage, and other features on a unique interface. This gadget is also packed with a lot of useful info. It is a bit heavy though, and has a radar display which keeps running all the time; still it is very powerful and has many utilities.
This is a unique gadget, and looks very cool too. It helps to scale large issues like fast spreading malware, and major computer security holes would prompt an increase in the threat level. This gadget is operated by IBM's Internet Security Systems.
World Cup News
This is not actually a Windows 7 gadget, but a toolbar gadget. This is not like the usual toolbar gadgets, but one that doesn't pop-up annoying ads every minute. With the help of this gadget you can get all the latest news about the World Cup right in your browser.
So, go to Windows Live Gallery and select, download, and install the gadgets you like, and enjoy their utility and cool visual interface.