How Do I Uninstall Windows 7 Gadgets?

Once you install Windows 7, you’ll notice nine desktop gadgets. These gadgets are mini-programs that provide information at a glance and quick access to other tools. In addition to the nine gadgets, you can install additional gadgets from the Microsoft gallery page.

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Personally, I don’t use any of the gadgets. In fact, I find it more of a nuisance just having them on the desktop. Fortunately, it’s simple to get rid of them!

To disable desktop gadgets in Windows 7:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  2. Within the Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
  3. Click the Turn Windows features on or off link within the left sidebar. The Windows Features window appears.
  4. Remove the check beside the Windows Gadget Platform option.
  5. Click OK.