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I have Windows 7 Pro SP1 and have been using a few desktop gadgets since I began using Win 7.
Installation consists of downloading the .gadget file and allowing the download process to install the gadget or saving the .gadget file to the local system and double-clicking to start the installation process.
Users can run multiple instances of a gadget simultaneously.
] The Windows Sidebar is a lockable panel on the Windows Vista desktop, similar to the Windows Taskbar, that is able to host and manage mini-applications known as "gadgets".
A gadget is an HTML and script-based application designed to present the user with a limited set of information or functionality obtained from other applications, controls, or websites and services.