CPU Meter Gadget

Screenshot of the CPU Meter gadget for Windows 7
CPU Meter Gadget.

The Bottom Line

The CPU Meter gadget is my favorite system utility gadget for Windows 7. It's easy to read, responsive, and isn't complicated by a hundred and one options.

The CPU Meter gadget displays the status of two major resources you might want to track on your computer - your CPU and memory usage.

If you're looking for a simple and attractive gadget to keep tabs on these basic system resources, add the CPU Meter gadget to your desktop.

Note: The CPU Meter gadget is available for Windows Vista in addition to Windows 7.


  • Included by default with Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • Very attractive display
  • Simple to use


  • Supports only one CPU
  • No advanced configurations whatsoever


  • The CPU Meter gadget provides a live reading of CPU and Memory usage.
  • Minimal configuration makes it an uncomplicated gadget - both a pro and a con.
  • CPU Meter is included by default in any Windows 7 or Windows Vista installation.

Guide Review - CPU Meter Gadget

I like the CPU Meter gadget for probably very obvious reasons - it works well, it looks good, and it's included with Windows 7. It's the only system utility gadget included with Windows so it's no surprise that it tracks CPU and memory use.

So why use it? A few reasons come to mind.

Keeping tabs on your CPU and RAM use could be valuable if you're constantly terminating a program because of its wild CPU or RAM use. I used to have to check these resource in Task Manager when my PC would slow down but now I can just glance at my CPU Meter gadget on my desktop.

Okay, I admit, it's mainly fun just to watch the dials go up and down, plus it satisfies that bit of computer geek in all of us... especially me.

To install the CPU Meter gadget in Windows 7, just right-click anywhere on your desktop and click on Gadgets. Locate the CPU Meter gadget and drag it to your desktop.