How to get back gadgets in Windows 8
Now if you open the gadgets gallery on the Microsoft website, you will see a notification that gadgets are no longer available. However, if you have a set of favorite gadgets that you want to use even after you upgrade to Windows 8, I hasten to please you that we found a third-party app that allows you to do just that.
8GadgetPack is a tool that will help you to install the gadgets from Windows 7 on your machine running Windows 8. The program includes a built-in collection of gadgets, plus allows you to use gadgets from your personal collection.
After installing the program, you will see a new panel on the right side of the desktop with a clock gadget to work with the clipboard and the weather.
Right-click the mouse on the panel opens a context menu with options that will allow you to add on panel a new gadget, etc.
In Windows 7, access the gadgets can be accessed through the context menu that opens when you right-click on the desktop. In Windows 8, this menu item is missing, but after installing 8GadgetPack it will appear. Moreover, in the tab menu View (View) will be added to the option Show Desktop Gadgets (Show desktop gadgets).
8GadgetPack settings allow you to change the orientation and appearance of the panel with gadgets. You can install the panel in the left or right side of the screen, change the width of the panel, to enable / disable Aero Glass etc.
8GadgetPack works on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.