PC Wizard 2010

PC Wizard 2010

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 78 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.961
  • Total Downloads:
    359,999
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,003
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Casual users might not see the allure of this simple freeware, which not only detects hardware and other system information but also lets you benchmark your system's performance. Users with an interest in what goes on under the hood, however, will appreciate this easy-to-use and informative tool.

PC Wizard 2008 goes to work as soon as it's installed, quickly gathering general system information. The interface has a familiar feel with its easily recognizable icons on the toolbar to save, print, and refresh the data. While it looks like little effort was made to dress up the interface, it is serviceable. The left-hand menu gives easy access to view Hardware, Configuration, System Files, and Resources by category. The main display depends on what you select.

Under Hardware, a system summary is displayed first, and includes all the typical hardware, from the processor to the CD-Rom drive. More detail is available for each, and if you highlight one, the program displays the category to look in. Categories are easily understood, and include Multimedia, Drives, and Mainboard. PC Wizard 2008 supports an impressive five formats to save data, including PDF, HTML, and text. You can copy and print, too, in case you need more options. We were equally impressed by the other menu options, especially under Configuration, which displayed installed Updates, TrueType fonts, and other interesting system information.

The Benchmark tool is set up in much the same way, allowing you to pick a category and run a performance scan. Options include benchmarks for RAM, Video, and MP3 Compression. A graph shows how various elements in a category perform, and you can compare the data over time. This was the icing on the cake as far as this free tool goes. PC Wizard 2008 worked its magic on us, and we recommend this freeware for any user who wants to see what's going on behind the scenes.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Lots of information. Printer support could be better."

March 06, 2012  |  By desperateduck

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

Finds information and allows you to choose the bit you are interested in. I got it to check the cooling on my machine and one icon does just that. All the voltages and temperatures are in one place. If you want the grand tour of your machine, I got a 36 page report by selecvting "show details". It tells you all you need to know (?) without taking the side off the machine.

Cons

It is Freeware so it can't be expected to be a Rolls-Royce. My only gripes are that
a) I am old fashioned and find a menu list much easier to navigate than the collection of icons.
b) Printer support is poor, namely:
1) Why does it have no filing margine at the left hand edge of the page?
2) Why does it rerun the hardware scan before it prints?
3) Why does it override "preview" from the printer driver?

Summary

It is still about the best product of it's type.

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5 stars

"Nice little program!"

February 13, 2012  |  By Artimus1000

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

Told me everything I wanted to know about my PC and more. It did take a few minutes (less then five) after it started running to get a hang of how everything worked and where to find the info I was looking for.

Cons

I does have a few free clinger programs in the install. Mostly a ask toolbar and it will change you home page but if you read the options as you install it you can unclick the automatic yes and it will not install ask toolbar nor will it change your homepage. If that is the requirement for getting an amazingly helpful utility program for those who do not want to spend hours or days trying to find the information otherwise, it is fine by me.

Summary

Wish I had stumbled upon this years ago.

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1 stars

"Garbage Program"

January 07, 2012

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

None, this thing does NOT work!

Cons

Causes my computer to lock up on hardware search. Interface is cheap and obsolete. There are typos on text, what does that tell you about the code? Yikes!

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1 stars

"hijacker - avoid it!"

November 02, 2011

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

probably does what you want, like plenty of others - didnt spend much time checking it out, see cons

Cons

Without asking, the install changes your start page, tries to change your default search engine, installs incredimail app and toolbar, and another app called 'conduit engine'. Uninstalled all this and the pc-wizard app immediately, now I have to run registry and spyware checks to see what else it did - thanks for the warning, cnet!

Summary

installing this is a good way to test your security - if you dont have warnings popping up left and right, you need to tighten it up. Be sure to do a registry backup before installing so you can restore afterwards to be sure it's all cleaned out.

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2 stars

"Worked one time"

October 09, 2011  |  By benrau

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

When it worked, it provided a wealth of information.

Cons

Has only worked once. Windows 7 Home Prem. 64 bit, 6 GB ram, 200 GB hard drive

Summary

I would love to say this is good stuff, but it only worked one time right after installation. I tried three times, turned PC off, then ran again. Gets to 26% of scan for hardware, and goes into brain death.

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4 stars

"Works very well"

August 01, 2011  |  By daddywalter

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

Gives lots of info about your computer, and benchmarks everything.

Cons

Icon images are not always obvious, could use text labels beneath.

Summary

Good choice for checking hardware information, or for comparing before/after hardware upgrades. Recommended.

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4 stars

"Marvelous program"

June 06, 2011  |  By Gerald17

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

Best way to get info about your computer's various functions

Cons

Takes a little experimenting

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3 stars

"Good at viewing installed hardware"

May 25, 2011  |  By debodun

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

I liked the feature of showing what temperature the HD is.

Cons

Takes a long time to open on my computer.

Summary

Handy but not essential.

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5 stars

"An Excellent PC Information Program"

May 02, 2011  |  By seventhragnarok

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

Tells me specifics about the hardware and software in my PC. Excellent documentation in one program.

Cons

None. On every PC I look after.

Summary

This program gives you the low-down on what you've got in the case, gratis. Great for planning upgrades.

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4 stars

"i like it a lot"

April 16, 2011  |  By asilverfox

 |  Version: PC Wizard 2010 1.961

Pros

help me find what i'm looking for quickly

Cons

need 2 xpand on the information

Summary

sweet free program. recomende it 2 friends

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.961
Version 1.961 added new Sensors and video cards support.
General
Publisher CPUID
Publisher web site http://www.cpuid.com/
Release Date November 21, 2010
Date Added November 21, 2010
Version 1.961
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows NT 4 SP 2, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.09MB
File Name pc-wizard_2013.2.12-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 359,999
Downloads Last Week 1,003
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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