Fired up my PC this morning and, top right on my screen was a blank space where my system resources gadget should have been (yep, I know I can get much the same info in Task Manager, but a couple of on-screen dials are much more immediate).
Spent half an hour trying to find out why – finally thought the Gadgets applet was corrupted as it wouldn’t start and nothing I could do would bully it into life.
So off to Google to see if anyone knows why, or to find a fix. What I found was this:-
OK – but why wasn’t this announced in Windows Update and, more worrying, how, and why, did MS kill the applet without my knowledge, completely bypassing the Windows Update system? If it was a security vulnerability then obviously MS could access it, but invading my PC without my knowledge or permission? There’s no excuse for that and it’s totally unacceptable.
And just how much of a back door does MS have into my PC – and yours – and with whom do they share access? How much do they, and whoever else they allow in, rummage around in Windows PCs while we have no idea they’re there? I have software that monitors my router for anyone trying to piggyback on my broadband connection, then kills their ability to connect, ever, if the cautionary pop-up message is true, though so far my security is holding so I’ve not needed to use that sanction.
What I do need is something to monitor invasions of my PC over my own connection. Don’t know of one, though. Any ideas out there in the hivemind?
But back to the rather more trivial question of gadgets. Apps are better, they claim. Well, maybe, but only if you run Windows 8.x – they’re no bloody good to Windows 7 users like me, or those still clinging to earlier versions (you couldn’t pay me to upgrade to Win8 – it sucks cosmetically. This is how I want my Desktop to look:-
Not this – Win8 doing its impression of a giant smartphone:-
Personally, I think at least part of the reason for terminating Gadgets – because I’m sure MS could have fixed the vulnerability problem as they have done many times in the past with other software and applets – is financial. Many apps are free, but many that are actually productively useful cost money. Not a lot, but there are a lot of Win8 users out there, and the relatively small fees mount up, as they do with smartphones. Mind you, I have no way of knowing if any gadgets have paid-for equivalents in apps, and, now, no way to check.