Gadgetarian is an efficient, and also free and absolutely safe utility, that will let you enjoy your Windows Vista / 7 gadgets on the desktop of Windows 8 and 10.
You won’t even need to restart your PC! After setup finishes, just right click on the desktop and you will find the familiar “Gadgets” option, along with “Personalize” and “Screen Resolution”.
The setup includes some popular free gadgets, but you can always come here to download more. All gadgets are tested for safety and are free.
Note that Gadgetarian does not add any new abilities to the Windows system, it just enables the native gadget functions, now unfortunately hidden. This way you can keep using all of your old desktop gadgets or add new ones, without compromising the integrity of the OS.
Since Gadgetarian is not a separate program, you don’t have to uninstall anything, just as you don’t have to uninstall “copy” and “paste”.
In case you don’t need your gadgets, just don’t place them on the desktop! Yet, if for any reason you’d like to remove even the option of using gadgets, it’s easy, just read this post.
After significant updates of the Windows OS you may need to re-enable your gadgets. You can bookmark this page to download a new copy of Gadgetarian when you need it, or keep the setup file in your documents to have it immediately available.