Gadgets in Windows 7 are pretty cool concept to track the system activities. Actually gadget concept was came with Window vista but it failed. After that than Microsoft decided to improve the concept and reel-off a managed and proper platform for Gadgets along with Window 7.
The new Gadgets system is very helpful to know the information about a computer system like CPU, memory, hard drive and network usage and many more. You can also search gadgets in the start menu search box and access the list of those Gadgets which are already installed in your computer system.
Unknowingly compute users ignores Windows 7 Gadgets because they really don’t know about the fact that how smoothly they can managed and monitor system activities with Windows 7 Gadgets. I personally thinks that the Windows 7 Gadgets are having many advantages over Google Desktop.
Now lets have a look on “Top 25 Windows 7 Gadgets for System Monitoring” which are free to download . This collection might be very few in numbers but i am sure that this collection will gonna be very useful for your computer.
1. Q’s Drive Info
Found a work around for the eject on External HDD, just add the name of the HDD on settings, it should keep it in memory
I took Switch’s drive info and you can add this to rds’s (remove drive safely’s) functionality to eject a flash drive, it works perfectly, and it doesnt consume cpu like RDS, credit goes to sushi and switch, the things i added are not that many. You can now also eject a CD/DVD from the gadget, also, the eject button moved to the left to avoid overwriting with long name drives.
2. All CPU Meter GadgetV3.1
With this All CPU Meter you can display your Processor usage (Sixteen Core and Twelve Core, Eight Core, Six Core, Quad Core, Triple Core, Dual Core or Single Core), Cores temperatures and RAM usage.
3. Toggle Hidden Files
Simple gadget that checks if the hidden files option is on or off with a single toggle button that instantly shows or hides hidden files, protected system files, and extensions for known file types.
4. Launch Control
Launch Control is an application launcher with a difference. Named groups of link icons show and hide on mouseover, enabling many more link icons to fit into a smaller area, while still giving single click access to all the applications.
5. Drive Buddy
Drive Buddy is a small utility which opens and closes CD/DVD drive in a computer automatically.Once installed you can see a dvd icon placed in a beautiful background in the vista sidebar, clicking it will open the drive,tray will close automatically within 5 seconds,if you needs more time to put DVD into tray press space-bar, which will keep the tray in open condition until you press space-bar again.
miniMizer gives you quick control over your open windows, letting you arrange them horizontally, vertically, or cascading–or, instantly minimize/restore with a single click–all with a minimum footprint.
7. Drive Activity Gadget
Drive Activity is a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget which displays the workload of your hard drives.
The gadget determines the time each of your hard drives is busy servicing read or write requests and draws a graph from this information. Drive Activity shows each physical drive only once, because it wouldn’t make much sense to show the exact same graph multiple times if two or more logical drives share the same physical drive.
8. System Control A1 Gadget
It display the current system time. You can change between 12 hours and 24 hours mode with a single click on it. System’s Uptime: it display the time which has passed since the last system start or the last reset of it. You can reset the uptime timer with a single click on it. CPU Load History: it display the last 30 seconds of CPU load history as a histogram for one CPU with a single Core, Dual Core CPU’s, Quad Core CPU’s up to 8 CPU Cores.
9. Auto Shutdown
This is great if your downloading a big file at night and don’t want to stay up to have to shut it down now you can set it to shut down after the file is finished downloading or even restart after it is done.
10. iPhone Battery Gadget
iBattery Gadget like iPhone Battery for Laptops.
Show charging status.
Show AC status.
Show when battery is removed.
Show remaing time (if avaliable)
11. System Monitor Gadget
System Monitor will show you all core cpu usage (1 Core, 2 Core, 3 Core, 4 Core, 6 Core, 8 Core, 12 Core or 16 Core) and RAM (both physical, page file and full, includes virtual) usage. It also displays all cores and RAM usage history. Doubleclick on gadget – run Taskmanager.
12. Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadget
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is a comprehensive gadget for monitoring and managing the Wi-Fi on your Vista system. Use it to search for Wi-Fi networks, verify Wi-Fi coverage, locate Wi-Fi devices, detect rogue APs, educate yourself about Wi-Fi, and more!
13. Search Google , Bing, Yahoo
Search Engine: Google (159 Country Domain, 117 Language), Amazon (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.ca), Dictionary (7), Bing (58), Yahoo (41), Wikipedia (89), YouTube, Maps, News and Weather.
14. Margu-NotebookInfo2 Gadget
Main features are:
- cpu clock
- cpu/ram usage
- WiFi/network status
- battery level/status
- multilang. support
- MultiCore support
- info panels can be switched on/off
By click on the icons some tools will start (Taskmanager, Perf. Monitor, Connect, Mobility Center, Powerplans).
15. Twitter Explorer
The Twitter Explorer is an excellent tool to help you keep up with Twitter messages on your sidebar.
• Easy to use interface
• View recent activity and mentions
• Post messages, replies, and retweets
• Multiple sizes and themes
16. Uptime Gadget
Displays the time that has passed since you last restarted your computer. This Gadget was originally made by Kristan M. Kenney, was adapted by me, and is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.
18. Outlook Info
DYNAMIC RESIZING SKINS! Choose one of the build-in skins or create your own skin! Possible to choose a non-default inbox folder to monitor. Add more instances of the gadget to the sidebar to monitor more mail accounts.
AdSensor is my quest for a useful AdSense monitoring gadget. It’s jammed packed with information in a concise, no nonsense format. It could be prettier (and if some graphics artist wants to make a contribution it would be greatly appreciated), but it does two things that other AdSense gadgets I tried don’t. First off, it works. Many of the gadgets for monitoring AdSense are broken. Second, it tells me all the information I want at a glance so I don’t have to open the AdSense Web page which is something of a chore as these things go.
20. Language Translator
Auto translate in 43 languages, and easy to use.
21. Alarm Clock
22. AlertCon Gadget
This gadget displays the current AlertCon status at the Internet Security Systems website. The status will auto-refresh every sixty minutes.