Gadgets have been discontinued

Gadgets are no longer available on our website because the Windows Sidebar platform in Windows 7 and Windows Vista has serious vulnerabilities. Microsoft has retired the feature in newer releases of Windows. Gadgets could be exploited to harm your computer, access your computer's files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time. An attacker could even use a gadget to take complete control of your PC. If you're concerned about the safety of gadgets you’ve downloaded, find out more about gadgets and steps you can take to protect your PC.

Apps do more, and are more secure

Windows 8.1 comes with lots of great apps built in. Free apps like Calendar, Weather, Messaging, and Photos power you through essential tasks and work together to make things easier. You can also get a huge variety of apps from the Windows Store for everything from games and language translators, to calculators and apps for battery and CPU. Some are even better versions of the Gadgets you know and love, like WeatherBug, and many of them are free.

Discover more about apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1

Get the most out of your PC with these free downloads

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Personalization Gallery

Customize your PC with themes, wallpapers, and languages.

Windows Photo Gallery

Music, photos, and video

Import, share, create, edit, listen, watch—bring your media to life.

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Security and utilities

Help protect and optimize your PC with free updates, extras, utilities, and more.

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Free downloads *

Personalize, protect, and enhance your PC with free downloads for Windows.

* Internet access fees or other service charges may apply.