Microsoft Offers Robo-Tool For Killing Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar Due to Vulnerability Concerns

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shoan

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theplustwo

Weird, I ran the "Automated Fix It" thing, rebooted and... my gadgets are still there!

No warnings or anything saying the fix could not be applied either. Guess I'll keep them for now.

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BrandNewJesus

Same...For the first go around. There are two fix its, one for enable...which you would think mean enable the hot fix, but no, its for enable the gadgets. You have to do the disable fix.

AND NOW
BF3 will not work, don't know if its down, or if its this damn thing I just did, SO back to enabling it.

Will update.

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BrandNewJesus

NOPE, BF3 would not work because of the Samsung Kies (ICS) app was running. :/POS

I am going to miss my CPU meter though.

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Ghok

Ditto...

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maxeeemum

I guess M$ will have to kill "Live Tiles" next!!!

They kill the start button. M$ says we don't use it???

They kill aero glass. M$ says it looks dated and chessy???

They kill gadgets. M$ says its now a security risk after 6 years???

This is just BS!!! M$ thinks we area all dummies. Its really all about increasing battery life and justifying a bad OS. It's just really pitiful!

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B.A.Frayd

I'm gonna go out on a limb and call BS. M$ makes no revenue from the old-school gadgets, so they don't want people to use them.

Instead, we will see M$ offering new "apps" -for a price- that will do exactly the same thing.

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bling581

Yep. Why let people use stuff for free when you can get a cut? What really bothers me is that they're trying to do it for all the latest Windows versions, not just 8. What if I don't like it? Really no choice besides switching my OS to something like Linux which I know nothing about. Luckily I don't use any gadgets so this doesn't affect me, but it irritates me just the same. The more they try to push Windows 8 crap the more it's going to irritate people.

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Charles-the-Great

Microsoft should issue a fix to this and as for the gadgets issue in Windows 8 it is most likely a internal copy of the Windows 8 and it still could be on the final copy

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0ly1r3m@1ns

one comment - Rainmeter.

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axiomatic

I only use the ones from addgadgets.com. I wish the developer would get those gadgets signed though.

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QuadraQ

I use gadgets everyday, so I'm not happy about this. Now I only use gadgets from a source I trust, so I'm confused about this. Am I still going to be vulnerable even if I'm running a gadget with no bad intent?

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mh15216

In response the entire PC community asked "what gadgets!? Wait, that's still a thing?"

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mh15216

In response the entire PC community asked "what gadgets!? Wait, that's still a thing?"

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SilverSurferNHS

nice

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noobstix

The first thing I did after I installed Windows 7 was disable all of the gadgets and sidebar. I haven't enabled them ever since. I don't really need a clock gadget to tell me what the time and date is (that's what the clock on the taskbar is for).

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Scatter

Internet Explorer contains vulnerabilities which can be exploited by hackers too. Does Microsoft suggest that we stop using IE as well?

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Baer

As does Chrome and FF. If it is based on code than code can hack it.

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gatorXXX

I like my gadgets. All of them. My electronics, phones, tools, windows side gadgets, and my wifes battery operated gadgets. To say the least....M$...leave them the "F" alone!

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Jesterace

Never use the gadgets but there are plenty of 3rd party tools/apps that will do the trick. ie Rainmeter etc.

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loozer

How about microsoft patches the vulnerability, instead of telling me not to use a feature that I paid for when I bought the os?

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glpeter90

I use the CPU/MEMORY and NETWORK gadgets all the time and love them. Fix the problem instead of shutting them down. I don't use IE, you can shut down that piece crap if you want to. I had to buy Norton Utilities in the past to get the the CPU info in XP and thought it was great the VISA (another piece of crap that you could shut down MS) had them. FIX the problem.

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strangelove9

I rely on gadgets - from the weather one to the System Information tool which provides me CPU and GPU loads and temperatures, as well as RAM and HDD utilization.

I appreciate having all that information available to me at all times, in the corner of the screen.

If Microsoft wants to kill those, they'd better offer "official" little programs or applications that do the same thing... Otherwise, people won't budge.

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TechGoudy

I hate gadgets so this means nothing to me seeing as how I don't use them. For those that do use gadgets I sympathize with you seeing as how if Microsoft was taking out a part of Windows I liked, I'd hate it too. (They did happen to upset me when they removed the start orb and replaced it with.) The good part is that i am starting to get use to Metro. Although I'm sure I'd enjoy it on a touch screen even more.

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John Pombrio

Interesting... I am running Win8 RP with four gadgets, AllCPU meter, System Control, Calendar, and the WeatherBug. All of them are added by me to Windows manually and I avoid updating them. They do go to the web for updates, esp the WeatherBug. I could see how this could be a strong vulnerability.
No wonder why MS wanted to get rid of gadgets so badly.

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rshawnk

Try this John (http://www.weather.com/) No install needed. Dump that garbage software.

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