Microsoft no longer supports desktop gadgets and even recommends disabling them. In Active Directory domain gadgets can be easily disabled via group policy.

  • Open Group Policy Management Editor
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Desktop Gadgets
  • Enable Turn off desktop gadgets policy
  • Save changes and deploy policy to your clients

If a user now tries to enable desktop gadgets he will get following message:

 Desktop gadgets are managed by your system administrator

Windows 7

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