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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:24

I loved the simplicity and style of Windows 7's Weather gadget.

Anyone know of a replacement, now that Windows Desktop Gadgets have been removed from Windows 8?


#2 +dave164

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:26

What about the default Weather app on the Start Screen? Doesn't that show the same info?

#3 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:29

What about the default Weather app on the Start Screen? Doesn't that show the same info?

I bypass the Start screen using Start8.

I want a desktop widget.

#4 +Xinok

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:42

HTC Home is the closest thing I know of.

http://www.htchome.org/en/features/

#5 yowanvista

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:44

You can install the Windows 7 gadgets..
http://winaero.com/b...k-in-windows-8/

#6 Max Norris

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:48

Personally I'm with post #2, I'd have just stuck with a weather app, but if you prefer something on the desktop there's always stuff like RainMeter, a fair number of weather skins for it that can be easily modified and pretty easy to work with. Just for some ideas or a place to start, http://browse.devian...eter/?q=weather

#7 ahhell

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:55

Press the Windows key.
BAM, there's your weather. Pretty difficult thing to do. :s

#8 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 20:58

You can install the Windows 7 gadgets..
http://winaero.com/b...k-in-windows-8/

Fantastic, thank you!

#9 vetSpyder

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 21:03

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just assume rain

i jest :D

#10 BeerFan

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 21:13

You can install the Windows 7 gadgets..
http://winaero.com/b...k-in-windows-8/


I do this. Works nearly perfectly for me. The Stocks gadget fails frequently though, for some reason. Ending the task and restarting it fixes the issue.

#11 Dashel

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 23:39

No real substitute for the weather gadget that I've found so I'm using the same method. I know, I know, having information at a glance is so passe.

#12 siah1214

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:13

People really are stubborn.

The only difference between the tile and the gadget is that the gadget has a 3 day forecast.
One click and you have 10 days, another click and you get a detailed forecast of those days.
Not only that but you can have multiple towns and cities, all at a glance. So again, why are people so damn stubborn? Metro meets your needs and more, but you hate it so much you don't use it when it would help you.

#13 BeerFan

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:02

People really are stubborn.

The only difference between the tile and the gadget is that the gadget has a 3 day forecast.
One click and you have 10 days, another click and you get a detailed forecast of those days.
Not only that but you can have multiple towns and cities, all at a glance. So again, why are people so damn stubborn? Metro meets your needs and more, but you hate it so much you don't use it when it would help you.


I don't think I'm being stubborn at all. It's a matter of preference for me. Why am I still using the gadget? Because I spend 99.99% of my time on the Desktop. And i want a small, efficient, and non-full screen way of displaying weather information at all times. Gadgets fit that bill perfectly. The Weather gadget just sits there doing what it's supposed to do at all times and I can continue to work with as many different open windows as I want (such an outdated idea, i know!). I have absolutely no reason to want to switch back to the horridly busy, ugly, disorganized, cluttered (by default until you de-clutter it) Metro Start Screen to see the automagically updating "live" tile. (oooooh, wow! software that provides information to me? it's like magic! what a great brand-new concept! oh wait...) And I have even less reason to ever use the absolutely crappy Metro weather app. On my awesome 30" monitor, why the hell would i ever want to switch over to a space-wasting, inefficient, slow-loading, full screen display of information that can easily fit into a tiny portion in the upper right corner of my Desktop?

I disagree with your statement that Metro meets my needs. It may meet yours, but it simply does not meet mine.

#14 Steven P.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:17

I also use the Windows 7 gadgets. I like being able to glance at the Weather, Calendar and CPU/Memory widget right on my second screen. They are always in a visible spot as well, I agree with the OP it's better than having to toggle to the start screen or task manager to see stuff that was already included with Vista and 7 if you wanted it.

#15 Sekyal

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 19:47

Just so you know, you don't have to do apps full screen only, you can also snapped the Weather to one side if it is that important to you. I would think it far easier to keep the weather app open (doesn't use resources in background) and easily flip to it using Alt+tab or app switcher and get all the info you could ever want at a glance.
There are also some apps now that combine several tools to be used in the snap setup, so can do weather and other things, similar to gadgets.



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