benfrog writes "Microsoft has taken the unusual step of killing the Windows Gadgets feature completely via a security update.
According to an advisory issued Tuesday, an attacker could take over a user's system if they are logged in as admin and they install a vulnerable gadget.
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For example, if users want to know the time in different time zones, they can run multiple instances of the clock gadget, setting each clock to a specific time zone.
A user might want to view slideshows of pictures from two or more different folders at the same time.
Users can run multiple instances of a gadget simultaneously.
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Can't even start the Control Panel applet where I used to be able to add or remove gadgets.
If I double click on it or vie right-click on desktop nothing happens. I know they have not been supported for quite a while but they still worked fine.