Windows 7 Gadgets, Weather not working anymore?

Does anyone know why Microsoft decided to Disabled our Windows Vista and Windows 7 "Weather" gadgets? Is it because they want to try to force us all to move to Windows 8 even though none of us want to at all?

 

Does anyone know why this went into effect as of 3/1/2013 that they disabled our "Weather" gadgets, I can't even get any Weather Gadgets (except for a Weather Bug one) to work at all, and I've heard that Microsoft is soon to disable that one too for us to see it soon too.

 

I've also heard at the soon to be closing Microsoft Office here that they plan on diabling all of the Windows Vista and Windows 7 Gadgets completely.

 

Does anyone know how to get them to work when there isn't a good download for Windows Vista or Windows 7 for a "Location Sensor?"

 

Thank you ahead of time if anyone knows the answer to this?

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The official line is that gadgets could let in unwelcome visitors, and there was probably truth in that.

 

Microsoft also wanted to encourage gadget authors to produce apps for what was the incoming new OS.

 

The Weather Network has a good gadget..

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weatherapps/

 

This one is ok too..

http://www.orange-widgets.com/en_WW/?page_id=1411&widgetId=12

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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Gadgets stopped working
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/cb4658a4-e254-4181-943b-6b39028f3621

 

 

You can enable or disable the risky Gadgets via this article.

 

Vulnerabilities in Gadgets could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662

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I guessed that Microsoft disabled their own Weather Gadget but they also disabled us being able to use other Weather Gadgets for Windows 7, I did try that Weathernetwork App for Windows 7 (which it cannot use Apps good at all) and I plan on never ever upgrading to the bad Windows 8 OS software, but that is not too good for the Weathernetwork, (it's too large) since I wanted a "small sized" Gadget to show me current temperatures, and also weather conditions, rain, snow and others.

 

I'm not pleased with Microsoft thinking just because someone can easily create a Gadget that all weather Gadgets and other types will be "not safe for us," since most of us using Windows OS versions do know to check things carefully for Malware/Spyware, Viruses or other types of Infections that Windows OS's (even Windows 8 are not safe for). No wonder the world and the United States (including me) are moving to Apple or Linux based OS computer systems.  In my other computer with Unbuntu I can put Gadgets in and my Virus protection software will immediately check them for any and all infections right away and the Weather Gadget for it is perfect, much much better then is the Weathernetwork App one.

 

I installed Windows 8 and used it for a while 11/1/2012 to 1/22/2013 with Microsoft Security Essentials and got some free and paid Apps and one from Microsoft that caused a huge major virus infection so I knew not to trust their Windows 8 Apps at all. I used Security Essentials, Paid AVG, Paid Avast, Paid other Anti-Virus and none of them would get rid of the Infection so I've abandoned Windows 8 for good, it's terrible for security! The free Apps were safe, but the paid one from Microsoft my Microsoft Certified Security professional found the infection and showed me that it came from a Microsoft App. That is not treating us good at all is it for Windows 8?

 

Thanks for confirming that Microsoft just makes bad decisions for us all, all the time, does anyone know why they disabled us using the Microsoft Weather Gadget on 3/1/2013?

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Hi Linney:

 

Thanks I did try that but it said it couldn't work with Windows 7 at all. I'll mess with it and see if I can tweak it to get it working here later this evening here. Appreciate your help :o).

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Re bad decisions, Microsoft does and it doesn't. I was a big fan of gadgets, well some at least, but I was surprised to find that I was in a definite minority.

 

One of the reasons for people not using gadgets was because they run everything full screen and can't see them anyway. Other users noted that the gadgets often affected performance, especially any gadget which refreshed at short intervals,  and dumped the idea of using gadgets at all. They were a lot less popular than you would like to believe.

 

Re picking up a virus from a Microsoft app? That  I would doubt and I would question your MCP professional further on the subject..

Windows 10 Pro - Start10 - part of a local network which is a '3rd party optimizer-free' zone..

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I did find out that Gadgets were actually really popular all except the one's that did slow down people's computers by refreshing Data Frequently.

 

Yes for sure the Infection did come from Microsoft, and the IT MCP Professional works for Microsoft, one of their senior IT professionals that works at their Office, so yes it did and he confirmed it, it did come through Widows 8 through their own Apps area for the one I downloaded and installed, was a major infection, and I've found where this is the case frequently with Windows 8 Apps.

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Hi Linney:

 

That Fix It from Microsoft didn't work at all. Just to let you know (thank you though).

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Did try the Cache delete and that didn't work either to fix the Weather Gadget, thank you kindly for your sending me that web site (smiles).

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Have you tried reregistering the files mentioned here?

 

Frozen Sidebar Gadgets
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vistaprograms/thread/c6985b63-1b4f-40c4-8dc3-8297be3764d3

 

C:\Users\usernamexxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Sidebar has a file called Settings.ini, I wonder whether that has anything to do with the problem?  Try copying the Settings.ini  to elsewhere (backup)  and then delete the original Settings.ini.

 

Remove the Gadget and then reinstall it.

 

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