As you may have noticed, Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows since Windows 8 RTM. However, many users still like them and will be happy to get them again in Windows 8.1 Update. If you are one of those users, you can get them again by following the simple instructions from this article.
To get gadgets back again, I recommend you to try the Gadgets Revived package.
- Download the sidebar from here: Download sidebar
- Follow the setup wizard to get it installed. It supports all possible Windows 8.1 Update languages, so you will get gadgets and sidebar interface with your native language.
The installer is able to detect the required language automatically and will install it for the Sidebar.
- Right click on your Desktop and add the desired gadgets using the familiar context menu:
Gadgets Revived restores the complete set of the original gadgets from Windows 7. It will also add the Control Panel category and integrate itself into Windows Search:
There is a gadgets gallery available at Gadgets Revived web site. Similar to the official gallery, they are available to you for free. Over 900 gadgets are included in the Gadgets Revived gallery. All gadgets here were checked manually by our authors and you can be sure that they work as expected and are free from malware or crapware.