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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago Phylis Sophical

So Simple. Used it to help a Newbie via TeamViewer. Boom! It's finally gone.

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Top Ten Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac OS and Linux 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I've never been a fan of Chrome and there are better alternatives to almost everything that's listed there. Potplayer for video, Audacity for music and Irfanview for photo editing just for starters. Until AM is interesting but I prefer both Soundation and Audio Sauna.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Godel,
Just download and run GWX_Control_Panel http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/
That will take care of Windows 10 upgrade if you don't want it.
I recommend you read the author's documentation.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago godel

I have an unused copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

If I install it is it even possible to upgrade just to Win 8.1, or will Microsoft force me to go to Windows 10?

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago greyman

I went to a great web the other day, and it laid out in great detail how to stop all of the different ways that Windows 10 can phone home. It takes lots of work, but when it is done, you have a fairly great OS. I didn't do it, because I haven't installed Windows 10, yet. Wish I had the URL to leave it here. and will, if I can find it again.

This is a great program. Thank you, for that, and I wish all at Gizmo's, and all my fellow users, a wonderful and fulfilling New Year!

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago OhZone

I think you can still get the older True Crypt somewhere. Not sure where. I saw a link somewhere. If you still have it, it still works I think.

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago OhZone

I like to do double backups to two external drives (one daily and one weekly), and then lock the weekly one up most of the time in a fire safe. :P

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago rkr3

I've used the free download at http://www.win10wiwi.com/.

Seems to do the job.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Crosseyed,
have you tried a divorce lawyer? ;-)
Hmmpf, I misspoke and apologize profoundly.

What I meant to say was have you ever tried something like Linux Lite or LXLE?
LXLE: http://www.lxle.net/about/
Have your ad-blocker active if you want to go to LL's web site.
LL: https://www.linuxliteos.com/features.html

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Thank you Rob!

I second the vote for GWX Control Panel.

I have used it on many customer machines (W7 & W8.x) with no ill effect at all.
It sure helps to have read the usage notes the author has on his blog.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Kevin,
Only until M$ re-classifies the Win10 Upgrade as a recommended update and then it will happen.
GWX Control panel prohibits that as well.

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Free File Search Utility is the Best Yet 1 year 2 months ago GJW

WiseJetSearch looks nice and works quite good. For me, it does not respond faster compared to Everything. Everything searches instantly, this seems not be possible in WiseJetSearch. WiseJetSearch is anyway less configurable. Even the main window sizes cannot be changed. It is only possible to maximize it. Small bug: the column 'Date Modified' does not show the last modification date but the creation date.

WiseJetSearch looks promising, but for now I will keep on using Everything.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago Classic Rock fan

I also have disabled and then hidden KB3035583. This control panel could still prove to be useful when in 2016, Microsoft makes it even more of a priority to upgrade to Win10. Microsoft could take the KB3035583 from the hidden updates and decide to install and then you are stuck with 10 and having to clean up the mess.

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago stroback

To be correct, we are approaching the start of the 16th year of the 21st century not the 17th.

The first century started on January 1 in the year 1. The second century started on January1, 101 and so on. There was no year 0. The beginning of the 21st century was on January 1, 2001. So, on January 1, 2016 we will start the 16th year of this century.

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 1 year 2 months ago Fixer

Here is also a nice one:
http://trepl.xyz/
You can write your programs here and see hot the computers memory changes during its execution.

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The Most Awe-Inspiring Space Pictures of 2015 from National Geographic 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Interesting images but a gallery of space pictures can't really be "awe inspiring" unless it includes a photo of Jeri Ryan (aka Seven of Nine) in form fitting silver latex.

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

True Crypt is history so who do you recommend for that job now?

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

"But you'd have to remember to take regular backups, and not to keep the drive next to the computer" (?) Please clarify because my external drive only works if its next to my computer and connected to it.
I have accounts with Google, Box and Dropbox but I primarily rely on a portable external drive.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago phoneguy

Verified NovaBench Score: 1114
Microsoft Windows 8.1

AMD AMD FX6300 running at 3500 MHz

AMD AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series GPU

8141 MB System RAM (Score: 165)
- RAM Speed: 5904 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 478)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 159472368
- Integer Operations/Second: 404884188
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 812967

Graphics Tests (Score: 423)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 1179

Hardware Tests (Score: 48)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 784 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 99 MB/s

This is a system I built to allow for video editing.

https://novabench.com/view/915135

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Free File Search Utility is the Best Yet 1 year 2 months ago Jerry Rhino

Have used Everything for years. Recently switched to WiseJetSearch. IMO it is demonstrably better, especially in terms of speed. Anyone else made the comparison?

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago olamoree

Found a good one! One Tb for free! And instructions how to upload NOW! But you have to PAY to download! Kewl, huh?

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 2 months ago duxchux

If you can live with the 'Freemake.com' watermark at the end of videos greater than 5 minutes in length. I understand you can purchase the 'Gold Pack', but it's not mentioned how much that costs. I guess you find out after you download/install the pack. I thought this was Freeware?

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

But, if you do, make sure you encrypt everything before you do, absolutely no one provides a completely secure service.

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Computer Programming For Beginners, Kids, and Adults 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

Welcome to the site. Glad you're here. :)

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Computer Programming For Beginners, Kids, and Adults 1 year 2 months ago queen miranda

new user trying to learn simple programming.

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Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 1 year 2 months ago smeyer52

ClassicShell is now installed on my six computers, and I love it. Works fine in Windows 10 and far superior to the Microsoft menu, same for Windows 8.

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Best Free Business Management Software 1 year 2 months ago nasimaswad

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I'd prefer a program that can stop wives from nagging....but I suppose I will have to make due with this until one can be developed.

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Best Free HTML Editor 1 year 2 months ago wwweeebbb

I find it very surprising that people haven't heard about the HTML G editor. I use the free version and it's simply too good to be true. The program runs in the browser and you don't have to install anything.
Go ahead and Google HTMLG Editor to try it.

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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!
Excellent advise.
Happy New Year 2016!

Peter

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Jojo Yee
On a Dell Vostro laptop:
 
NovaBench Score: 558
 
Microsoft Windows 10 Home Single Language
Intel Core i53337U 1.80GHz @ 1801 MHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 
 
3957 MB System RAM (Score: 127)
- RAM Speed: 7055 MB/s
 
CPU Tests (Score: 366)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 101760448
- Integer Operations/Second: 291222460
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 799524
 
Graphics Tests (Score: 47)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 157
 
Hardware Tests (Score: 18)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 230 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 48 MB/s 
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Don't Want Windows 10 Yet? Here's How To Stop The Nagging 1 year 2 months ago kevincz

I uninstalled update KB3035583 then hide it, and that seemed to remove it

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 2 months ago okrick

Thank you for your comments.  I appreciate all feedback.

* BK supports Date Formatting (File > Options > Date)--Selecting 24 June 1954 (enter as DDMMYYYY) does work, i.e. entering 29122015 did reformat to 29 Dec 2015.  Existing entries such as 29-12-2015, 29/12/2015, or 29 December 2015 in a date field are unchanged.  Also imported dates are unchanged.  I expected the entries to change to 29 Dec 2015 as set in the options.  If the dates aren't automatically formatted then inconsistent entries could result.  I'll withdraw the specific criticism but I will mention that existing data and imports will not be reformatted to the standard.

* BK people list views are available from the Lists menu on the main screen.--You are correct.  I didn't realize that clicking on one of the items in the list would go to an edit screen.  Apparently I failed to notice the difference from the reports which don't support clicking in the same drop down menu.  The distinction is not always clear, e.g. the Locations list can be clicked to select but the Locations with event is not.  I'll withdraw my comment.

* Reports can be saved as formats other than html.--I agree.  Many can be saved as txt format. A few can be saved to rtf and html. Several cannot be saved directly to a file at all.  I'll rephrase my comment accordingly.

* No duplicate merge tools, but checks for duplicates on input.--You are absolutely correct.  I did notice the input checking (I look for both features).  I'll add a comment about input checking.

* Custom facts are available.--I clicked the Add Event. Then I tried to select the text in the Event/Fact field.  Only predesignated types of events are available from the drop down list are available.  I couldn't add a custom event such as "Owns Zebras" or "Criminal."  I do agree that this is a seldom used feature that most programs don't support and is arguably unnecessary.  I'll remove this comment.

* You can set notes to print on all reports, selected reports, or no reports.--You are correct.  I didn't notice the "Print where" selection ability.  I'll withdraw this comment.

I'll post a new review in the next day or two.

Thanks,

Rick

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 months ago yoobgame

All the best games and the most popular can be found here! We offer free games to please you.

http://www.yoob.me | http://www.y8-games.name

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Best Free iPad Apps 1 year 2 months ago Sea Mac

Oh, I hate to see "Candy Crush Saga", or ANY Game by "King" for that matter, listed as a "Free Game" when they are cleverly designed to Make you PAY for virtual Items - power ups like "Gummy Fish" for instance - without which you can't advance very quickly, if at all! I refuse to even start on games that require you to buy intangibles in order to compete with the long time players who already have them! I have better things to spend cash on, like, say: a Gizmos T-Shirt or Cap (hint, hint.)

I'll tell you about a GOOD Free "Swap to make 3-in-a-row" game that runs a lot longer than "King" Branded games & doesn't have any required in game purchases: it's called "Moon Jewels". 

Moon Jewels - Match 3 Puzzle Game by MIKHAIL BORBOT

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moon-jewels-match-3-puzzle/id928856320?mt=8

 
270 Levels and absolutely NO in App Purchases available At ALL! Isn't that refreshing?
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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think most users are satisfied if they get 5 good years of service from a mid range priced computer. Computers older than 5 can get a bit buggy but are still worth having if your main activities are basic internet surfing and accessing e-mail. My current laptop is now 6 so it's about time to thank it for it's good service and relegate it to a backup and testing unit.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 year 2 months ago Sea Mac

Happy Holidays to you ALL. I've updated the games page with a LOT of new stuff.  (And almost all of those new games will play on Windows or Linux systems also!)

Numpty Physics may need an alternate download link For MAC Users. Here it is: Numpty Physics.

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Best Free iPad Apps 1 year 2 months ago Sea Mac

For the category of Best Free Image Editor for iPad" I recommend Lidow photo editor.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lidow-photo-editor/id894532288?mt=8

Description:
layout/grid /collage、Square/no crop for instagram、blur、color splash、mirror、Filter、light leak、lens flare、texture,share photo for instagram、Facebook、whatsapp、snapchat etc.The magical app of Photo Editor to create beautiful and amazing photo,It's Lidow:let you become different,make you unique!
No In-App purchases!

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Riven

https://novabench.com/view/907829

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 1 year 2 months ago Commentator

Your summary of Brother's Keeper is entirely inaccurate.

You said: No date formatting. No people list view. Only product which did not support pictures or other media. Reports cannot be saved to formats other than html. No bookmarks. Supports same sex parents but labels are Father/Mother. Does not support Unicode. No duplicate merge tools. No custom facts. No pop-up calendar. No private notes. No people bookmarks.
* BK supports Date Formatting (File > Options > Date)
* BK people list views are available from the Lists menu on the main screen. They include alphabetical by first or last name.
* BK supports pictures and other media. There are picture and media tabs on the person view pages. BK also supports picture/media attachments in sources.
* Reports can be saved as formats other than html. It varies depending on report, but .doc and .rtf are two of the possible formats available.
* No duplicate merge tools, but checks for duplicates on input.
* Custom facts are available. On the edit screen go to the Add menu and you have options to add custom events and facts.
* You can set notes to print on all reports, selected reports, or no reports. That gives you the flexibility to set up private notes.

None of these are new features. All predate your review.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Aninnymous

My self built mid-range gaming / programming system originally built in 2012 w/ recently upgraded graphics
(well under $1000)

NovaBench Score: 1600 - 1718 variance

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz @ 3301 MHz
16 GB RAM
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC
Samsung EVO 250 GB SSD boot drive

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Aninnymous

"database server is more likely to be limited by the storage subsystem"

Some database applications are memory bound, or even cpu bound. Depends on the application architecture. The one I used the most, Visual FoxPro, cached as much of the tables into RAM as they could hold, for instance, before performing operations. So just as array operations are faster than disk reads, such prefetch often means RAM limitations rather than disk ones.

Otherwise, pretty reasonable advice with "performance bottlenecks are almost always application specific". Usually it's pretty easy to consider the application types you are aiming to optimize and then buy the component power you should need to balance a system.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago jaybolin

NovaBench Score: 1425

12/28/2015 15:59:10
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i74790 3.60GHz @ 3601 MHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago dagoinno

Shut down some running processes & exe's.

NovaBench Score: 2362

12/28/2015 10:23:39 AM
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Intel Xeon E52687W 0 3.10GHz @ 3101 MHz
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

65486 MB System RAM (Score: 330)
- RAM Speed: 13952 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 1166)
- Floating Point Operations/Second: 410717120
- Integer Operations/Second: 1647170768
- MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1128963

Graphics Tests (Score: 820)
- 3D Frames Per Second: 2162

Hardware Tests (Score: 46)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 931 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 77 MB/s

Verified NovaBench Score: 2353

Self Built Server/Gamer

Test run on December 28, 2015
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Intel Intel Xeon E52687W 0 3.10GHz running at 3101 MHz

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 GPU

65486 MB System RAM (Score: 329)
- RAM Speed: 13800 MB/s

https://novabench.com/view/913175

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago dwainwood

I scored 1589 on a custom built desktop. I use an SSD for my OS and programs and a 3 terabyte drive for data, then it backs up to a 16TB Synology server to keep entertainment that is shared via a wired network that I installed when I built my house 16 years ago.

https://novabench.com/view/913162

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago rkr3

HP Envy laptop, verified Novabench score is 1027

https://novabench.com/view/913077

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago need3

score: 913 https://novabench.com/view/912850
custom desktop computer, 5 years old

But look at this:

Hardware Tests (Score: 32)
- Primary Partition Capacity: 892 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 38 MB/s

Hardware Tests (Score: 21) - my computer
- Primary Partition Capacity: 165 GB
- Drive Write Speed: 91 MB/s

The benchmark is telling us that 165 GB with 91 MB/s is worse then 892 GB with 38 MB/s, but it should be the opposite.
Looks like they give too much importance to primary partition capacity; in my opinion writing speed should be more important.
If there is enough free space in the primary partition, capacity should not matter.
Also they should consider the size of the whole HD, not just the size of the first partition, since many users have a partitioned HD, and the primary partition is usually small, because it's only for the operating system.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Gil Mensch

Verified NovaBench Score: 882

Home built desktop May 2014. My objective was to build a PC with the capabilities I needed at an affordable price that would give me years of service. I selected the Intel i5-4670K CPU with 16GB of RAM (with 2 open slots) and a 256GB SSD paired with a 4TB HDD. Onboard Intel GPU meets my needs now and I can upgrade later if I want to.

https://novabench.com/view/912880

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Remah

NovaBench Score

785 on a Lenovo E540 cheap laptop but NovaBench displays the incorrect GPU. It shows the integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600 but the Nvidia Control Panel was used to set the default as the Nvidia GeForce GT 720M. This is a known bug that has not been resolved.

The score with the integrated graphics is, as expected, lower at 728. The reduction in 3D fps is from 403 down to 246:

NovaBench Score

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Remah

I've taken the time to explain this in some detail for the benefit of other users who have the same or similar question.

NovaBench is a component benchmark. It cannot show you actual bottlenecks because they depend on the tasks you actually use your computer for. In other words, hardware performance bottlenecks are almost always application specific. They depend upon the program you are using and what are you doing with it.

A bottleneck occurs when one or more components limits the performance of the whole system. So the demand on a component has to be sufficient to reach the threshold where throughput is throttled. For example, the performance bottleneck for processing large images in Photoshop is more likely to be RAM. A high-end game is more likely to be limited by the graphics card. A file or database server is more likely to be limited by the storage subsystem (disk and controller combination) and/or the network used.

So if you want to see where bottlenecks are occuring on your Windows system while running specific applications then you can use Windows built-in tools for finding PC performance bottlenecks. Also there are many guides like How to benchmark like a pro that will give you more information about a broad range of benchmark programs and give you assistance in using them. Such guides are primarily designed for gamers but they are also very useful for other applications.

You will probably notice that NovaBench is usually not mentioned in benchmarking guides but it has its uses.

1. Compare with similar systems

NovaBench stores the results for all sorts of systems that you can compare with your own. You already know that these User Scores exist but you didn't notice that you can search for CPU or GPUs with the same ID as yours. Go to Scores and Stats and you can search on three items:

  • "CPU/GPU Keywords"
  • "Submitted by"
  • "Score close to"

You can use NovaBench to search for a combination of your CPU or GPU and a score close to yours. That will give you an indication of how to improve your system performance by changing other components than the CPU or GPU.

While you can't use NovaBench to search for a combination of your CPU (e.g. i5-4200M) and GPU (e.g. GeForce GT 720M), you can do this search on Google, e.g. with a search term like this "site:=novabench.com i5-4200m gt 720m".

2. Compare the rank of your CPU or GPU

NovaBench summarises the results for each CPU and GPU on a ranked list of "Top CPUs" and "Top GPUs" which are other tabs of the Scores and Stats page. You can find your CPU and GPU and see what the average scores are.

You'll notice that the average CPU MHz can vary from yours simply because some CPUs are overclocked.

The GPU FPS (frames per second) statistic is more useful because it is more likely to be comparable with other benchmarks that use the same measure.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago George.J

Do post the link to the results so that I can update the Top 10. 

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago godel

The scores may have value in telling you whether to replace your 5 year old unit, or whether you can wait another year or two.

With Moore's law petering out, the later course of action is becoming the choice of many more people.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago computeruser

Score 505. 4-year-old ACER Laptop. https://novabench.com/view/912588

Question: The article above says: :Novabench not only rates your computer but also can be used to find the various performance bottlenecks on your system." It's not clear to me how to do this. Other than randomly paging through the results on the NovaBench website to compare other results with mine, is there a way to see where my bottlenecks are? Thanks.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Riven

2040 - home built gaming rig
Intel Core i74770K, GTX770, 16GB, SSDs - I guess fair for gaming.

Comment on rating. I reviewed a lot of score of slower systems than mine and a lot rated about 3400+.. After reviewing I see novabench is really generous with scoring on RAM. I rate 2040 w/ 16GB while a slow CPU & GPU w/ 32GB RAM rates 30% to 35% higher rating. Speed for me is GPU/CPU and not really reliant on RAM when even playing intense games, I rare hit about 8 to 12GB.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago petestan

My score is only 472 but it's a cheap Lenovo laptop.

https://novabench.com/view/912518

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago cray4

1416 Score on homebuilt system 4 years ago. https://novabench.com/view/912453

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago satrow

Score 172: https://novabench.com/view/911697

7 year old Atom Netbook.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago satrow

Desktop, George.

Generally, I assume that any mobile CPU/GPU will have approximately half the performance of the Desktop parts that use the same/similar number+M. Intel HD graphics on notebooks are often better than their desktop equivalents though.

Desktop CPU: http://ark.intel.com/products/65693/Intel-Core-i3-3220-Processor-3M-Cache-3_30-GHz
Approximate Notebook equivalent (both 3rd gen i3's): http://ark.intel.com/products/71465/Intel-Core-i3-3120M-Processor-3M-Cache-2_50-GHz

It's broadly similar to the GPU differences between desktop and M versions from nVidia and AMD/ATI.

High performance doesn't sit too well with battery life and notebooks but sometimes you can boost a mains connected notebook a little by ensuring you have the UEFI/BIOS and Windows Power settings to enable best performance, rather than power saving (which should be default when running on battery power only).

If your notebook has dual mode switchable graphics (eg. Intel HD + nVidia or AMD), it might be that only the Intel was used but the benchmark logged it as the better adapter...

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago gkramer

My desktop scored 1972, a far cry from the top (3572)

https://novabench.com/view/911880

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago miniliq

Lenovo desktop with a few mods Score 712 https://novabench.com/view/911821

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Alan Wade

Mine is a self built desktop

https://novabench.com/view/911623

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

The scores themselves are pretty irrelevant unless you are tracking your own computer's performance over a set time frame. You would hardly expect a 5 year old $500 computer to have anything close to the score of a new $3000 computer. The Novabench site lists top scores in a couple of categories and I think the top score was in the 3500 range. The one good point to their credit is that they provide a forum where the tests and results can be discussed.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago George.J

Is that a laptop or a desktop? One flaw I've found is that notebook graphics are given much lower scores compared to desktop. Mine is a R9 375M which scores a meagre 44 in graphics tests compared to yours R9 200 series which gets a 600+

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago satrow

Score: [b]1282[/b] (i3-3320/8GB/R9 270 - all at stock)

https://novabench.com/view/911451

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

Here is mine for Toshiba Portege R830. Score: 612. MC - Site Manager.
https://novabench.com/view/911380

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago Av_Crazy

Score 858 - https://novabench.com/compare.php?id=331634b2e6a53c40084b1cc35f755867911368

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 1 year 2 months ago George.J

Here's the ratings of my Lenovo Z51 laptop am posting this from

Score 627https://novabench.com/compare.php?id=4ef3c4998cd650e289aa23f2ae6dce2d911334

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Restore The Windows Experience Index To Your PC 1 year 2 months ago Haraldg

I love the help and options Gizmo's Freeware gives so graciously. What I am finding so frustrating is not them, but the websites where the "free" things are available. Going to the http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.220 link, it took me 6 links to find the micro one that gives the download for the software. The rest of the large "Download" links are all ads for selling everything from faucets to questionable software. Too bad also that some of the software is not free when you get to the suggested websites.

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 1 year 2 months ago cottage-r

Do you know of anything basic that can be used purely as a calendar, without any reminder or 'to do' features? I really need nothing more than the equivalent of a physical wall calendar, but for a Win7 desktop -- don't even particularly want it permanently open/displayed, so a shortcut to a small piece of installed software to use whenever required would be fine and less clutter (maybe take up less hard drive space too, than something with features I wouldn't ever need), but it should be capable of going back to any year in the past. Thanks.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Personal Use at Work 1 year 2 months ago philip

Yes FH, it appears to be abandonded as far as development and related activity on the website goes. If any vulnerabilities have been discovered since 2009 they have not been fixed. Probably it's OK to use for non-critical purposes, but I wouldn't use it for files that will be uploaded to the internet. I'll note your finding in the description.

Thanks for the info.

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Restore The Windows Experience Index To Your PC 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Crosseyed,
I sure AM old but still it is nice to see the differences between our numerous machines.
And to see the difference that an SSD drive for the system partition brings on an older but fairly well equipped run-off-the-mill Dell Studio XPS system.
To each their own, gell?
PS. I have a hunch that you might understand the last word in the previous line? ;-))

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How to Stay Safe While Online 1 year 2 months ago AJNorth

Two additional suggestions:

Those who do need to use Java would be well advised to only enable it in the browser(s) on a per-need basis, otherwise leaving it disabled (open Java Control Panel --> Security tab; uncheck (or check) "Enable Java content in the browser" at the top).

Also, irrespective of whether Java is present, a very useful additional layer of protection can be had by deploying Microsoft's own Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET): https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2458544 (be sure to thoroughly review the documentation before installing EMET).

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Personal Use at Work 1 year 2 months ago FlyingHawk

Hi philip,

I've seen you recommend SafeHouse Explorer in multiple article. I tried it, and it works great on a flash drive with its complete portability.
HOWEVER, I noticed that the timestamp on its executable is in 2009! So is the signature. I'm now concerned with its lack of update / development. Should I?

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 year 2 months ago weltall

Is the MyDefragGui found on http://www.mydefrag.net/ the same as the MyDefrag mentioned on here, but with different user interface?

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Restore The Windows Experience Index To Your PC 1 year 2 months ago Nodrog

Not only is the WEI function still present in W 10, it seems the system still runs the calculation periodically. When I ran the Winaero app for the first time the WEI UI appeared immediately showing it as "last updated" just three weeks ago.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 2 months ago Panzer "...AOL Shield Browser is based off of the popular Chromium browser framework, and supports most Chrome extensions, apps, themes, and more ... ": http://discover.aol.com/products-and-services/aol-shield-browser pcxFirefox: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pcxfirefox/ lawlietfox: http://sourceforge.net/projects/lawlietfox/ Tete's private builds of FF: http://www1.plala.or.jp/tete009/en-US/software.html#FIREFOX view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 months ago Panzer "...Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power ...": http://surfraw.alioth.debian.org view
Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Because it earns them money. :) MC - Site Manager; view
Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 2 months ago JMDaniel

Everyone despises OpenCandy. So why do developers use it in some of their software?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago George.J
I agree that there have been various bugs that malware could manipulate to bypass virtual machines, but this least worries me in standard malware databases. I feel this is more on a corporate level probably, as a lot of game servers are run inside of virtual machines in large quantity. Now, if malware could be custom-designed to bypass lets say a VMware virtual machine on a Windows/Linux server, or possibly even Virtual Box on a Solaris and other systems but I doubt that would be the case. 
 
From the way I see it, there is a pyramid. This one goes from government made and developed malware and techniques down to consumer level. Business, Corporate etc. are in between. Business as in companies like the now extinct Blackhole create exploits and the various new ones that I don't really pay much attention to. 
 
I guess if you were downloading a fake crack over p2p sites, then that's actually calling for trouble and having a higher chance of being something dangerous than on a malware database, that's my opinion at least. 
 
My technical knowledge might be limited to understand the deeper aspects of all questions and finding answers to them, all I can do is a give an unbiased review and learn something new along the way. 
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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 1 year 2 months ago shnbwmn

I see that you haven't tested nor mentioned CopyQ. While it isn't as powerful as Ditto, it's certainly worthy of making the shortlist. Apart from that, it really is a shame that ClipboardHelpAndSpell doesn't support anything other than text or images, because it's a beast otherwise. In fact, I use FindAndRunRobot and LaunchBarCommander by the same author on a daily basis. The developer has a knack for including lots of options for power users.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 2 months ago snakyjake

Is there a reason why EFF's own Privacy Badger fails to protect me from their own test site? Doesn't give me much confidence in Privacy Badger.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 2 months ago snakyjake

I wonder how much those extensions/addons are tracking us.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 2 months ago snakyjake

I can't seem to not get a fingerprint.

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How To Get Coordinates from Google Maps? 1 year 2 months ago superdave7380

Check out Open Location Codes, brought to us (with very little fanfare) by one of the folks at Google:
- https://github.com/google/open-location-code

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How to Fix an Annoying Windows USB Problem 1 year 2 months ago mtz786

Hi,

I just made an account to say thank you, my 1 port hasn't been working for months, and the rest did but the eventually died because of how careless I was with the ports, but then i searched the web for hours and could not find a single solution that fixed my problem and yours did.

thanks alot :)

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How To Get Coordinates from Google Maps? 1 year 2 months ago astral_cyborg

Nice! And I had so far extra application for that reason. Thanks

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Restore The Windows Experience Index To Your PC 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I may be getting old and senile but I sure as heck am not about to trust Microsoft to tell me how well my computer is functioning. Belarc Advisor provides a much more detailed diagnostic.

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Optimizing Deluge For Speed 1 year 3 months ago tmwsiy

Thanks: good guide BUT I am still tearing my hair out.

I have tried both manual port forwarding and uPNP. I am selecting a port in the suggested range.
I can test at port checking sites and see a SUCCESS! that the port is properly forwarding.
I have the SAME port selected in Deluge for both incoming and outgoing. And the Test Active Port fails there.
Use Random Ports is unchecked.

Windows Firewall is off.
I am not using any other security software.

What else can I check?

Thank you.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago eikelein

Funny, my FF does not do that. Vers. 43.0.1, Adblock Plus and WOT
Fingerprinting is YES due to plugins from Google and Adobe. Huh?

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago MrDog

Get different results when I refresh the page - and a warning of security vulnerabilities in the plugin....

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago EldonW

Interesting. Using Internet Explorer 9 (!), Tracking Protection Lists, and Avast Online Security, I get yes, yes, yes, no.
Only failed 'fingerprinting'.

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Best Free Sticky Notes Utility 1 year 3 months ago shnbwmn

I've found the best solution to be Google Keep. Installing it as a Chrome App allows me to pin it to the taskbar, where upon opening it it has it's own window separate from Chrome. It also syncs online, so that I can access my notes whether on my phone or on a browser. It has all the kinds of formatting and organisation necessary for most types of notes, and used in conjunction with Onenote it makes a mean note and research combination. The only minor things I miss are having the notes on the desktop and having the actual app as a standalone, portable application. But I can easily live with those for all the benefits of Keep. If for whatever reason I stop using Keep, the next best thing is, hands-down, Stickies. For a note-taking app it has an amazing amount of features.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 months ago MidnightCowboy OK, so let's take the "opinion" part out of the equation otherwise we'll also end up disputing the news value of CNN v Fox but what about my question regarding testing in a virtual environment as opposed to a live machine connected to the real world internet? MC - Site Manager. view
How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago Moonwink

So, my first test (using FireFox) at Panopticlick resulted in only "fingerprinting" being allowed. I installed "CanvasBlocker" (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/canvasblocker/?src=cb-dl-updated) and ran the tests again. Now I fail "Does your browser unblock 3rd parties that promise to honor Do Not Track?" and "Does your browser protect from fingerprinting?" never finishes scanning.

What next?

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago antcj

Looking at the result page one would think yes yes no yes would be the best outcome?

anyway std firefox gave yes yes no no
via Tor (firefox) yes yes no yes

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 months ago George.J
The above comment was not to say that the reports made by these labs are false, they are just unreliable. As for being authentic or not, all I can say is that One Man's Meat is Another Man's Poison. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about the tests but the more I see BitDefender and Kaspersky up at the top in the Performance section, when they are infact heavy on my hardware, leads me nowhere. Also the Real-World protection tests at labs are conducted with just 1600 samples (which any YouTube user can test with) that only represents a drop in an ocean filled in malware.  
 
Now coming to comparing these results, on a personal basis these tests can be judged reliable, if each independant laborotory adhered to these 3 factors: 1-having the same software configuration 2-having the same hardware configuration 3-having the same malware database. Then it makes sense to compare the tests indicating the various parameters like scan times/data rate which are influenced by hardware/software config. There are many other factors that determines the results like hardware paramters (compatibility, OS updated or not, softwares being used), disaster management (backups, virtualization), browsing habits, human factors (social engineering) and all these are pitted against the World Wide Web, a real-time library of viruses, different kinds of malware and zero day exploits. Moreoever the information about malware used in testing isn't mentioned, and hence with a reasonable expectation we can conclude that the tests are conducted on a different database with different results. I'd say to take these results with a grain of salt. 
 
It's likely the paperwork done by these labs can be tampered without any basis and add to that the reputation of a well known organization is also being involved. Nevertheless, in short the real-world test thats been conducted by ordinary users is considered far better because now we can see the overall strong points of the products and also the product is getting tested on a wide variety of different hardware/software/malware specifications. None of the Big shots like Kaspersky, BitDefender, Avira and others might be coincidentally consistent at the top due to these common tests at the labs, but who knows?
 
Which leads us to this, whether it be the independant tests or the standard video reviwes at Youtube, both should be taken with a grain of salt. Simply because every product has different technologies to capture malware, having a good detection in one test, doesn't mean it is great, because there are so many samples out there and with many more coming in a daily basis it's impossible to detect them all. IF one vendor comes first, the others who didn't might detect samples that the winner doesn't have in its database. 
 
If anyone wishes to test a security product it's important to know how different features works and start from there, leading up to the advantages and disadvantages. If Comodo may focus on behavioural analysis, ESET might focus on static (detect prior to execution) analysis. Now this if not taken into account in a proper way, it will simply make a product look bad when it's not, if it's actual strength is used as an advantage. Someone tests a security product and concludes that it's good in protecting the system. When an independant lab does this the results might be the opposite. Now we've the same statement being used in both ways. None of these tests will show if a product is really good or bad, cauz individual products react differently in different situations and across various samples. 
 
To conclude, the best way I can find is to test out different antivirus and finally decide which one is that you're most comfortable using. However we see it, no matter whoever these lab tests promote as winners, it doesn't mean they are the best- the real truth is that there is none.  We as an independant review site have our own ways to test our products, and not being influenced by the outside world. I rest my case. 
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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago Catsup22

Firefox wants to block this site due to invalid certificate. I received a security warning. Besides, there is no way to tell, on any site, what they do or don't do with our private information.

I suspect Gizmo is right, that this site might be legitimate, but the site should update its certificate and do a better job of making itself not cause any flashing red lights when someone visits.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 1 year 3 months ago miniliq

Exactly same situation (Do Not Track, Privacy Badger, Ghostery) as crosseyedlemon -- three checkmarks but still have a fingerprint, and I'm not sure that's all bad, unless someone has a suggestion for improvement. Thanks for this tool Rob..

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How To Get Coordinates from Google Maps? 1 year 3 months ago patels

I am using Map Coordinates by S & S Development, which does more than what is mentioned in this post. In addition to things mentioned above, it has an option to save the gps coordinates directly into the address book / contacts. This is very helpful, which saves me from the effort of searching the coordinates over the map and has the convenience of storing the address related data in the one place, ie. phone's contacts.

Download from play store: https://goo.gl/4JHvEn

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