How To: Display System Information on Your Desktop with Gadgets [Windows 7]

If you’re the type of dude who likes to have information/readings about the:

CPU core temperatures, usage and clocks,

GPU temperatures, fan speeds and clocks,

RAM,

Internet speed/consumption,

Disk read/write speeds,

Page file,

And many other technical stuff at all times like in the image below this beautiful piece of text, then it’s me—S to the N, ShurikeN—and I’m here to pimp your desktop!

Gadgets1.png

Yes, genius, you guessed it right, these are Windows 7 desktop gadgets. I have searched online for the best ones and most of them are all old, dried up, and do not support newer GPUs and CPUs, and so, are useless.

But, I’ve got this collection of constantly updating/improving gadgets that have tons of customization and options in them. Let me show you how to get them! 

Step 1: Download the gadgets

If you want the same gadgets as I have in the above screenshot, then I have packed them up in a neat .RAR file for you to fire up and pimp your desktop like Xzibit just came to your hood looking for Windows 7 systems to modify. 

You can download my pack from here.

Step 2: Download “PC_Meter”

You’ll need another small application called PC_Meter to be running in the background for these gadgets to read the CPU/GPU temperatures.

Download PC_Meter from here.

Step 3: Install your gadgets

Extract the “Windows_7_Gadgets.rar” file you just downloaded and simply double-click on any gadget that you want installed. It will ask you if you want to install this gadget, click on “Install” and you’re done! 

Your gadget will appear on the desktop, and you can freely move it to be docked anywhere you want, and clicking on the options icon on it will give you tons of customization options like colors, graphs, information to be shown, alerts, etc.

NOTE: Some of these might not work for your specific CPU/GPU. If that’s the case, get your gadgets from here and install them. Those gadgets are different from the ones in the above pictures and are constantly updated (automatic updates). They have a huge collection of very useful gadgets you might like, check them out!

Step 4: Install “PC_Meter”

Extract the “PC_Temp_Meter.rar” file and just run “PCMeterV0.4.exe” as administrator. Enable the option to start this application on boot, and you’re all set! Your gadgets will now start showing you temperatures.

Gadgets
Here’s a simple and neat way I’ve organised my gadgets on the desktop, just as an example of how they can look if you put them in the right place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Will this increase my CPU usage?

A) By about 0.2% – 0.4%, not much. That little’s worth all the information you’re getting easily.

Q) Do gadgets remain on my desktop even after rebooting my system?

A) Yes, they do. Once you install them, you don’t have to worry about losing them anymore until you manually uninstall them.

Q) The GPU gadget is not showing my GPU information. What do I do?

A) Download the gadget from the link here and see if it works. This one supports most GPUs and is constantly updated.

Q) Will this work on Windows 10?

A) Yes, it will, but as Windows had discontinued gadgets after Windows 7, you will need to install a 3rd party application to enable this feature in Windows 10. Something like this. 

Q) How are you so smart?

A) I perform Satanic rituals 2 times a week and eat lots of potatoes.

6 comments

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