How to get desktop gadgets and sidebar back in Windows 8

As you may have noticed, Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows 8 RTM. Personally, I don't miss gadgets since I did not use them. But a lot of people have been missing them. If you can't live without desktop gadgets, there is good news for you: desktop gadgets and sidebar can be made to work in Windows 8.

My friend PainteR has created an unofficial installer which allows you to get gadgets back in Windows 8 with just a few mouse clicks. Just follow the white rabbit setup wizard.

Note that it supports all possible Windows 8 languages,  so you will get gadgets and sidebar's interface with your native language!

Wait for the installer to finish and right click on the desktop after that. You will see the familiar "Gadgets" item in your desktop context menu. Enjoy:

Before you download

  1. I am not sure that this is legal. Check the license agreement of Windows 7 and Windows 8 before you use this installer.
  2. All credits goes to PainteR. No one from Winaero is associated with this installer.

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25 thoughts on “How to get desktop gadgets and sidebar back in Windows 8

  1. Tray Parker

    Thank You very much! I actually us gadgets ever since Vista and I find some of the immensely useful!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome!

  2. Капелька Яда

    Большое спасибо! Это то, чего мне не хватало. Приходилось вручную копировать гаджеты от Release Preview и запускать какие-то сомнительные командные файлы, а тут всё и сразу! :)

  3. Капелька Яда

    Кстати, обновите! PainteR уже выпустил версию 1.1.1

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Файл лежит на серверах PainteRа, я не могу обновить его, это должен сделать он сам.

  4. Hey Chriz

    Nice. I have my laptop and really find it this gadgets useful. I also download other gadgets for Christmas.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Its too early for Christmas, IHMO.

  5. Phrozen

    Thanks a lot. Keep up the good work.

  6. Cesar Luna

    Good JOB! Like and used sidebar from the Windows Vista. Has very apps cool!
    congratulations from Brasil.

  7. Jhonatan

    arquivo corrompido

  8. Dorin

    I can’t open the archive. It says is damaged.

  9. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

    Fixed. I am sorry. I have no idea how that happened

  10. 8Gadgetpack

    There is also an alternative installer here:

    It also includes a bunch of 3rd party gadgets and a sidebar gadget

  11. mido


  12. ToddeSwe


    Using Build 9200 of WIndows 8 and it does not work. Nothing happens when trying to open the gadget program.


  13. thethaiguy

    Awesome and thank you for sharing!

  14. lei71091

    Installed but cant use it. When i drag the widget to my desktop screen, it just doesnt work. Any solution? and if i wanted to uninstall it, how am i suppose to do it?

    1. Gaurav Kale

      You must right click the desktop and choose Show Desktop Gadgets from the View menu. To install a gadget, double click it, don’t drag it to the desktop screen. To uninstall, go to Programs and Features in Control Panel. It is present as ‘Windows 8 Desktop Gadgets’.

  15. Allesandro

    Hello. After latest updates (about 20 of them) on Windows 8 PRO x64 via windows update, sidebar crashes…

    Podpis težave:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: sidebar.exe
    Application Version: 6.2.9200.16384
    Application Timestamp: 4ce7a1c7
    Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
    Fault Module Version: 6.2.9200.16420
    Fault Module Timestamp: 505ab405
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 00000000000115d0
    OS Version: 6.2.9200.
    Locale ID: 1060

    What to do?

    1. Allesandro

      I finalyyyyyyyyy figuret it out. Logitech web cam LVPrcSrv.exe is causing crashes.

  16. Nat

    I used this installer on Windows 8 and it worked really well.
    However, I can’t get the installer to work on Windows 8.1 Preview 64-bit.

    I was wondering if PainteR can check if the installer needs updating.


  17. Alesak

    it´s perfect work! Thx a lot. But i have problem in last time. Have error stop working nad will close in start windows. I wanted uninstall and install again…but i can´t find where to uninstall. Or have some different solution for my problem pls?

  18. WeRIndia

    Hey, Thanks for sharing this informative post with us. We are looking for the exact thing. Keep Updating with such more posts.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.


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