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Should I remove 8GadgetPack?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
3% remove it97% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,590
United States Rank #2,749
Reach 0.4244%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.01 days
354.28 days >
Average installed length: 186.15 days


20.0.0 2.03%
19.0.0 3.22%
18.0.0 5.79%
17.0.0 2.76%
16.0.0 2.20%
15.0.0 4.12%
14.0.0 7.21%
13.0.0 6.62%
12.0.0 11.42%
11.0.0 13.74%
10.0.0 1.98%
9.0.0 7.28%
8.0.1 15.39%
8.0.0 0.20%
7.0.0 2.26%
6.0.0 4.27%
5.0.0 5.15%
4.1.0 2.47%
4.0.1 0.23%
3.0.0 1.21%
2.0.0 0.44%
1.0.0 0.01%


What is 8GadgetPack?  (from Helmut Buhler)

8GadgetPack is an utility that installs the original Gadget program files on Windows 8 / 8.1. This is actually just a gadget to help you keeping the gadgets organized and visible. You can right-click on it and select "close sidebar" to do so. The gadgets can still be moved onto the desktop as you like. Or you can even ...  Read more


8GadgetPack is a software program developed by Helmut Buhler. The most common release is 8.0.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named javaws.exe. The setup package generally installs about 26 files and is usually about 15.68 MB (16,445,440 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 31% of users of 8GadgetPack come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: 8gadgetpack.notlong.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\windows sidebar\gadgets\weather.gadget\images
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{B78203BF-CF9C-4163-B6C3-B70A27A646EE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 15.68 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by 8GadgetPack

Program executable:javaws.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\java\jre1.8.0_77\bin\javaws.exe
Additional files:
  • 8gadgetpack.exe
  • 7zr.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Reduced Standalone Console)
  • calendar.js
  • clock.js
  • cpu.js
  • currency.js
  • init.js
  • library.js
  • localizedstrings.js
  • picturepuzzle.js
  • rssfeeds.js
  • service.js
  • settings.js
  • slideshow.js
  • timezones.js

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • 8gadgetpack.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{CFD7F6DE-A7AF-4935-8E81-AA8173D9455E}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • 8gadgetpack.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named '8GadgetPack' and executes as C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\8GadgetPack.exe.

How do I remove 8GadgetPack?

You can uninstall 8GadgetPack from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program 8GadgetPack, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove 8GadgetPack.

Win 10 97%
Win Vista 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 3%
Keep it 97%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 96.95%
Windows 7 2.98%
Windows Vista 0.07%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 21.77%
Windows 8.1 Pro 17.79%
Windows 10 Home 12.85%
Windows 10 Pro 12.32%
Windows 8 Pro 7.65%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Medi... 5.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.77% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.77%
  Germany 25.33%
  France 3.34%
  United Kingdom 2.89%
  Italy 2.82%
  Netherlands 2.79%
  Russia 2.62%
  Canada 2.33%
  Austria 1.57%
  Australia 1.35%
  UA 1.23%
  Sweden 1.15%
  India 1.07%
  Brazil 0.97%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 20.99%
Acer 17.27%
ASUS 13.85%
Dell 12.91%
Medion 9.53%
Lenovo 6.78%
Toshiba 5.41%
Samsung 2.86%
Intel 1.39%
MSI 0.90%
Sony 0.73%
Common models
ASUS All Series 10.64%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.64%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.31%
MEDION MS-7797 2.61%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 2.39%
Acer Aspire V3-771 2.28%

comments2 comments

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Mihaiover a year ago
With 8GadgetPack you can have, on your desktop, the Windows Gadgets made for Windows Vista ... back in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 . Microsoft decided to remove Windows Gadgets starting with Windows 7 for security concerns. 8GadgetPack comes with few official gadgets made by Microsoft and few gadgets made by users (all are safe to my knowledge and they were popular for Windows Vista users, but be carefully which other gadgets, not available in 8GadgetPack, you find and download from web). After years of using Windows Gadgets, I decided to keep on my desktop only 2 gadgets: CPU Meter (made by Microsoft) and WeatherCenter (7 days weather forecast) which I use for years in Windows Vista, 7, and now in Windows 8.
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Jamboover a year ago
Beware - this installer is jam packed with other programs that will install without your approval. Once you remove those beasties, version 1.4.10 works with Windows 8.1