Orbmiser -Thanks Bro, it had me going nuts. But not only did I have to unlock the widgets, on the bottom of the panel I had to check the 'default desktop' also. And as you stated, I dont know why this happened, I just installed KDE yesterday, so it may have been something in the updating I let it do after installing it. Matter of fact after right clicking on the desktop just now I get the same panel, and on the bottom of the panel says 'Default Desktop Settings ALT + D, ALT + S . I don't get the usual panel, that I got in Mate.
I'm going to dig around further try to get to the bottom of this to help others if they come across it. Doesn't matter to me, my problems started yesterday, when I lost everything on both hard drives. Luckily I had my music backed up, and important photo's on my phone. I was able to restore my bookmarks into firefox from sync on my phone. Anyway after Mate became bricked after installing Wine and Play for Linux, my problems started. I was no longer even able to install Mate the login window would go into an endless loop, even after wiping both drives clean, then it said grub refused to install because of a fatal error. So I tried Ubunto 12.10, that installed but was so buggy I couldnt take it, it froze on me every 10 minutes for something a few different reasons. So my last hope was to try my KDE .iso, that installed without a hitch.
OS: Linux Mint 17 KDE
Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Rev. 1.6 FE BIOS
CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz.
Memory: GSkill: 4 GB DDR2 800 MHz.
GPU: PCI-E 3 NVidia GEFORCE GTX 650 DDR 5, 1GB Ram
Drives: Int: 120 GiB SSD Samsumg REVO, 500 GiB WD HDD, Ext: USB 2 500 GiB HDD