The top 10 Windows 7 desktop gadgets

All CPU Meter

Note: Windows 7 gadgets are no longer supported by Microsoft. You may be able to acquire these gadgets from third-parties, but do not expect any support from Microsoft.

Windows 7 gadgets offer added functionality and convenience in a variety of ways. Here are a few you may want to add to your desktop.

Note: This gallery is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog and as a PDF download.

The gadget I used to monitor my dual-core computer running Vista wasn't available in a quad-core version, so I switched to All CPU Meter. It supports up to eight cores (so I have room to grow). All CPU Meter isn't as complex as some, but the simplicity works in its favor. It monitors your memory usage as well as CPUs, and it packs a lot of information into a small space. I also like that you can change the background color to match your preferences.

By Deb Shinder

Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...