GADGET File Extension

GADGET file icon
Windows Gadget
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    3 (7 votes)

What is GADGET file?

All such files that comprise of the .GADGET extension are utilized by the Microsoft Windows OS for the sidebar gadgets. They comprise of small programs that offer users with easy access to the frequently used tools on their desktop like Internet radio streams, maps, clocks, news tickers, and many more. 

To make use of the .GADGET extension files, you have to install the Windows Sidebar application, which will appear on the sides on your Windows desktop. For easy access, you can keep your files in the sidebar to the .GADGET files. The .GADGET files are very much like the .WIDGET apps, but are created particularly for the Windows sidebar utility.

Programs which support GADGET file extension

Programs that can handle GADGET files are as follows. GADGET files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support GADGET file

How to open file with GADGET extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening GADGET files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Windows Gadget files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft Windows

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports GADGET files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Windows or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support GADGET files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Microsoft Windows installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Windows to the latest version

If you already have Microsoft Windows installed on your systems and GADGET files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Microsoft Windows cannot handle files with GADGET may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of Microsoft Windows should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open GADGET files to Microsoft Windows

If you have the latest version of Microsoft Windows installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage GADGET on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the GADGET file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Windows is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open GADGET files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with GADGET extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Windows and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with GADGET extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the GADGET is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper GADGET file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

1. The GADGET may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the GADGET file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the scanner detected that the GADGET file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the GADGET file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the GADGET file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the GADGET file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Windows

If the systems has insufficient resources to open GADGET files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Windows Gadget files. It may be the case that the GADGET files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a GADGET file

File Conversions from GADGET extension to a different format
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