InformationThis policy setting allows you to turn off desktop gadgets. Gadgets are small applets that display information or utilities on the desktop.
The recommended state for this setting is: Enabled.
Allowing gadgets could allow users to install custom gadgets that could be malicious.
SolutionTo establish the recommended configuration via GP, set the following UI path to Enabled:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Desktop Gadgets\Turn off desktop gadgets
Note: This Group Policy path may not exist by default. It is provided by the Group Policy template Sidebar.admx/adml that is included with the Microsoft Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 Administrative Templates (or newer).
Desktop gadgets will be turned off.
Disabled. (Desktop gadgets are turned on.)