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This popular gadget has stopped again after a recent windows update - tried some very radical moves to get it working again but although I had it running for a couple of days it stopped updating again - I gave up on the gadget solution and removed it completely, too much time spent while MS seems determined to block it.

 

So I took a completely different approach

 

Since everything being offered by gadgets is easily provided on my android phone with various apps and widgets hassle free and stable I decided to explore using an android emulator and loading the widgets I use on my phone - sort of similar to having a gadgets area on my desktop, I started with an emulator call "andy" as it seemed to be the most functional for what I wanted and included the ability to use widgets, it is working very well indeed 

 

I used the same apps I have on my phone and loaded them through PS onto the emulated phone - I use an app called "Currency Pro" which allows you to put currency widgets on your phone homescreen and is working great, I also loaded several other apps that I use and it is all working swimmingly 

 

So I now have a small window on my desktop a bit like gadgets showing me all the information I want to see 

 

So far so good 

 

here is a screenshot of the actual emulator on my desktop, you can load anything you want on there from the playstore just like you would on your android phone and it works pretty much 100%

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1 hour ago, stephenterry said:

For Forex I use Myfxhelper on my phone, and for everything you need to know about currencies on my computer, https://www.tradingview.com/markets/currencies/rates

I'm not talking about actively looking for stuff anyone can do that, I'm talking about having live updates for things on my desktop which currency meter did very well - but being a gadget it is now blocked deep inside windows security layers which are very difficult to find and change 

 

I don't want to be going to websites to see data that I want to see constantly

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Maybe you should look at my suggestions before jumping in with a negative response. How many times a day do you actually need this screen detail?  

 

As for me, having a constant open 'window' on my laptop screen is a ridiculous waste of view and obscures other needed information. If I want to check on currency, it only takes  a few seconds to flip the screen.  

 

 

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2 minutes ago, stephenterry said:

Maybe you should look at my suggestions before jumping in with a negative response. How many times a day do you actually need this screen detail?  

 

As for me, having a constant open 'window' on my laptop screen is a ridiculous waste of view and obscures other needed information. If I want to check on currency, it only takes  a few seconds to flip the screen.  

 

 

It is about convenience.

 

Currency meter doesn't obscure anything, as it is covered by your browser or windows explorer tabs, you just have to highlight the aero tab on your desktop to have a quick glance. All other times it is invisible

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10 minutes ago, stephenterry said:

Maybe you should look at my suggestions before jumping in with a negative response. How many times a day do you actually need this screen detail?  

 

As for me, having a constant open 'window' on my laptop screen is a ridiculous waste of view and obscures other needed information. If I want to check on currency, it only takes  a few seconds to flip the screen.  

 

 

I have full access to the internet and I am not being negative at all I am simply explaining that I prefer not to go looking for something when I can have it on my 4k desktop sitting there on display like a wallpaper or a clock

 

sorry if you don't quite get that - many others do

 

but thanks for your input to the topic much appreciated 

 

best regards

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Susco said:

It is about convenience.

 

Currency meter doesn't obscure anything, as it is covered by your browser or windows explorer tabs, you just have to highlight the aero tab on your desktop to have a quick glance. All other times it is invisible

you don't really need to activate anything - it is there chomping away with up to date data you can see at a glance - it is like a desktop widget that is on display all the time and in my case down the right hand side as shown in the picture I posted - my desktop extends way beyond that to the left - the pic was only a crop of printscreen showing about 10% of my full desktop width 

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2 minutes ago, smedly said:
16 minutes ago, Susco said:

It is about convenience.

 

Currency meter doesn't obscure anything, as it is covered by your browser or windows explorer tabs, you just have to highlight the aero tab on your desktop to have a quick glance. All other times it is invisible

you don't really need to activate anything - it is there chomping away with up to date data you can see at a glance - it is like a desktop widget that is on display all the time and in my case down the right hand side as shown in the picture I posted - my desktop extends way beyond that to the left - the pic was only a crop of printscreen showing about 10% of my full desktop width 

Isn't that exactly what I wrote?

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I posted this to offer alternative options to those that are interested in having the gadgets type of desktop info which I always found useful - others may not and that is entirely up to them 

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1 minute ago, Susco said:

Isn't that exactly what I wrote?

555 - I don't know what an aero tab is 

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4 minutes ago, smedly said:

555 - I don't know what an aero tab is 

https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/p/peek.htm

 

Aero Peek, also called Show Desktop, is a feature introduced in Windows 7, and available in Windows 8 and Windows 10. It allows the user to view their desktop by placing (and not clicking) their mouse over Aero Peek in the far right-side of the taskbar.

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7 minutes ago, Susco said:

https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/p/peek.htm

 

Aero Peek, also called Show Desktop, is a feature introduced in Windows 7, and available in Windows 8 and Windows 10. It allows the user to view their desktop by placing (and not clicking) their mouse over Aero Peek in the far right-side of the taskbar.

555, have enough room on my 65" 4k desktop not to need it and besides running apps windows etc disappear when used 

 

cheers

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You need an app with a lot more zeros for the pound 🤔

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A sad day.  I referenced the desktop gadget Currency Meter a lot. It was very handy to have sitting on the desktop.

 

I have recently done a fresh install of Windows 10 and lost the currency meter.  It was working on my laptops at the time and I tried everything to copy over the gadget to the fresh install, but couldn't do it.  Now, there seems no point.

 

I Googled around for an alternative, and www.xe.com offer an app.  Their android app works great, and I was expecting the same of their Windows app, except for it not being on the desktop.  The XE app for Windows isn't working either.  I read a forum where it was suggested they haven't updated their API, or whatever.  

 

I have bumped a thread I started a long time ago about this.  A solution was provided back then, and has worked ever since, up until the last couple of days. 

 

Hopefully a solution, workaround, or alternative can be found this time around also. 

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2 hours ago, KhunHeineken said:

Hopefully a solution, workaround, or alternative can be found this time around also. 

The solution I offered above is 95% there, the nice thing about the android emulator is that you can access google playstore and download all the apps you want just as you do on a mobile device, and the emulator is registered as a device on google with your google account, it is quite interesting - it is like having a fully functioning android phone wallpaper on your desktop, download and try it

 

The picture I uploaded is a slice of the RHS of my desktop even though it is in the shape of a phone - it isn't, the actual emulator can be seen if you look closely - my desktop and the emulator both have a black wallpaper which might be confusing

 

PS - XE android app also has widgets you can put on the homescreen of the emulator - in the photo there are 7 widgets in total - I might try XE at some point to see how it looks

 

 

 

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