5 Useful Gadgets For Windows 7

If you are new to Windows 7, you are going to want to get these 5 useful gadgets for Windows 7. Windows 7 is here and is enjoying a fairly good run as Microsoft's newest must have operating system. Noted for being what Windows Vista should have been, Windows 7 makes using your desktop a much more intuitive and unique experience for the user. With it's simplified and individualistic taskbar and streamline background workings, 7 is probably the best upgrade a computer user could ask for.

There are some things that are carried over from Vista to 7, one of which is the sidebar gadgets. Unlike Vista, where you couldn't move the gadgets around much-especially if you had more than one monitor-7 makes it so you can put whatever gadget on whatever screen you want. If you've skipped Vista completely, you may wonder what gadgets are exactly and out of the many variations, which ones are the most useful?

Gadgets are essentially small, light weight programs that usually have a single purpose. Having gadgets on your desktop allows you to browse or do certain things that are now within reach. Say you want to check on your Twitter or Facebook updates. There's a gadget for that. There are so many useful gadgets, it's really hard to narrow down a list. Here's a list of five that may catch your fancy.

  1. MSN Weather. Windows 7 has a built in weather gadget that will tell you what's going on outside. But perhaps you'd like to see what the weather will be for the week or later in the afternoon. The MSN weather gadget gives you a five day forecast, with both the highs and lows of the day, as well as temperature updates as it receives it. 
  2. Hulu Widget. If you've joined the anti-cable wagon, you probably get your TV viewing fix from Hulu. With this widget, you can not only search for the show you want, but you can also watch it on your desktop. A great way of watching TV while getting some work done.
  3. Outlook Info. If you use Outlook, this gadget is great for you. It shows any appointments, read and unread email, as well as any tasks that you have on your plate. You can adjust to show what you need and what you don't. It's great if you keep Outlook minimized or if you don't check it on a daily basis.
  4. System Information. Is your computer running slower than normal? Wondering how much space you've got left? With System Information, at a glance you can tell the percentage of your CPU, how much you're using in your hard drive (includes any secondary drives as well), what's going on with your network, etc.
  5. Simple Date. The awesome thing about Simple Date is not just that it tells you the date and time-that's cool too-but it lets you control your computer without having to bring up the commands. Hovering over the date and time shows available options, just as restart, shutdown, task manager, and others. It's a great gadget if you need to leave in a hurry and don't want the time to close down everything just to shut down the computer. If you like using hibernate, there's an option for that too. You'll never need to bring up the start menu again.
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