The error message I keep getting is ‘ No support for local towns and cities anymore?
What’s interesting is, when I enter locations that I am sure would be available such as ‘Redmond, WA’, I get the ‘cannot connect to service’ error too.
As in Windows Vista, the Windows Gadgets in Windows 7 are mini-applications built with Web technologies such as DHTML (Dynamic HTML), Java Script, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and XML.
In fact, Windows Gadgets in Windows 7 are virtually identical to Windows Vista-based gadgets; Microsoft hasn't updated the underlying technology at all between the two Windows versions.
But the container environment, Windows Sidebar, is no longer provided.
Fun fact: Remember, in Windows Vista, gadgets could appear in either the Windows Sidebar or directly on the desktop.
However, in each case, the Sidebar had to be running in order for the gadgets to appear.
In Windows 7, you can only access Windows Gadgets directly on the Windows Gadgets on the Windows 7 desktop.
However, the Windows Live tiles and Windows Store apps cannot fully replace desktop gadgets, and many users who upgraded to Microsoft’s latest OS still miss desktop widgets.According to the Redmond giant, desktop gadgets represented a vulnerability that hackers could have used to access users’ computers.Gadgets are no longer available on our website because the Windows Sidebar platform in Windows 7 and Windows Vista has serious vulnerabilities. Gadgets could be exploited to harm your computer, access your computer’s files, show you objectionable content, or change their behavior at any time.To display local information, move your mouse over the weather gadget, and click on the wrench icon.Clicking the wrench option on any gadget will display the options available to the given gadget.