My work desktop crashed a few days ago, I thought it might be better to install Windows 8 on it instead of trying to fix the Windows 7 installation. After a few days, I really missed the gadgets that were on my desktop before. I first tried some clock programs from the App store and did not like them at all. I decided to find out if I could just get the Windows 7 gadgets back.
To my surprise, it is not difficult. All you need to do is to install a program called 8GadgetPack from this site:
Just install it and you can use the Windows 7 gadgets again. Not only I was able to use the default gadgets, I could also use the gadgets I downloaded before I upgraded my machine to Windows 8. The program is actively maintained and it’s free. Give it a try if you want to use Windows 7 gadgets again.