Free AIDA64 Extreme Edition (v1.85)! [24-hours only]

Software Description

The following is a description of AIDA64 Extreme Edition, as per the developer:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

CPU, memory and disk benchmarks

AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency. Processor benchmarks utilize MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, XOP, FMA, and AVX instructions, and scale up to 32 processor cores. For legacy processors all benchmarks are available in 32-bit version as well. AIDA64 Disk Benchmark determines the data transfer speed of hard disk drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, and flash memory based devices.

Temperature, voltage and cooling fan monitoring

AIDA64 supports over 150 various sensor devices to measure temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, and power draw. Measured values can be displayed on System Tray icons, OSD panel, Sidebar Gadget, and Logitech G15/G19 Gaming Keyboard LCD. The values can also be logged to file or exported to external applications such as RivaTuner or Samurai. AIDA64 can also alarm the user when it detects overheating, over-voltage, or cooling fan failure.

Hardware diagnostics

AIDA64 has the most accurate hardware detection capabilities in its class, to provide detailed information on the computer internals without the need to open it up. The hardware detection module is strengthened by an exhaustive hardware database holding over 120,000 entries. Additional modules are available to overview processor frequencies, check CRT and LCD display status, and stress the system to reveal potential hardware failures and thermal issues.

Software and operating system analysis

AIDA64 provides over 50 pages of information on installed programs, software licenses, security applications, and Windows settings. List of started processes, services, DLL files, startup programs, and visited web pages is also available.

dotTech Advice

Anyone remember EVEREST, a very popular system analysis/diagnostic/benchmark tool? Well the company that developed EVEREST got bought out and replaced EVEREST with AIDA64. Essentially, AIDA64 is the successor to EVEREST — and AIDA64 is every bit as sweet as its predecessor. Simply put, AIDA64 is an excellent tool. While there are freeware tools, such as Speccy, which provide some of the functionality AIDA64 does, I can’t think of any freeware program that has so many handy system analysis/diagnostic/benchmarking tools packed into one package. In of itself, AIDA64 is an awesome program. However…

Today’s freebie is of AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.85 — the latest is v2.30. On top of that, DownloadCrew does not mention this but this freebie is of a one year license for AIDA64 Extreme Edition (i.e. you can only use it for a year). Does DownloadCrew and FinalWare (the developer of AIDA64) really expect us to use an old version of a software for one year? Really? Bait-and-switch-like tactics for the lose. They should be ashamed of themselves. You are welcome to grab this freebie and use AIDA64 for a year but in my opinion don’t bother. AIDA64 isn’t that great of a program to be insulted like this by DownloadCrew and the developer.

If you are looking for some handy AIDA64 alternatives, check out: EVEREST Ultimate Edition (v4.6) which is an old freebie of an discontinued program but is still available and useable for people who don’t necessarily have the latest gear; there is Speccy, as I already mentioned; WinAudit is another good one; System Information for Windows is excellent; and many more — let us know in the comments about the ones that you know of.

Freebie Details

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is being offered for free for 24-hours by DownloadCrew. The promotion ends 23:59 (Central Europe Time, or GMT +1) Thursday March 29, 2012. There is no information if you must install and register during these 24-hours. Please note: Although DownloadCrew does not mention it, this freebie is of a one year license of AIDA64 Extreme Edition.

To get AIDA64 Extreme Edition for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v1.85.1600

Free updates: No

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 12.3 MB

  • To take advantage of this promotion you to have an account with DownloadCrew. Registering with DownloadCrew is completely free and only takes a few minutes. If you already have an account with them, skip to the next bullet point below. If you don’t have an account with them, visit the registration page and register:

Now check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. Look for an e-mail from with subject of – New Account. In the e-mail is a link you need to follow:

Click on the link or copy + paste it in your browser. Once the page loads your account has been confirmed and you can use it.

  • If you are not already logged in (you may already be logged in if you just created a new account) visit the login page and log into your DownloadCrew account:

  • Once you hit the Get Serial Code button, a registration code will show. This is not the registration code for AIDA64 — this is the registration code you must use to get the license code for AIDA64. If you are confused, don’t worry — just keep reading these directions. Copy the registration code that appears:

  • Now visit the registration page and fill out the form to register; make sure to insert the registration code DownloadCrew gave you in the RegCode box:

  • Now check the inbox of the e-mail address you just registered with. Look for an e-mail from with subject of Registration. In the e-mail you will find the license code for AIDA64 Extreme Edition — copy it:

  • After the download finishes, install AIDA64 Extreme Edition.
  • After installation, run AIDA64 Extreme Edition and register it using the registration code you received via e-mail:

  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting AIDA64 Extreme Edition for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.


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  • jayesstee

    The “make the links hxxp:// instead of http://” tip didn’t work for me just now over on comment #38 on:

    I had to put the text thro’ MS Word and manually take out the hyperlink. Strange!?

  • smaragdus

    Thank you for the tips. If it happens that I post links again I will follow your advice.

  • Ashraf

    @smaragdus: Okay, I found your comment this time so I have now manually approved it. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  • Ashraf

    @smaragdus: Yep, see You can also try posting the comment again but this time don’t post the links (maybe just the names) or make the links hxxp:// instead of http:// so the spam filter doesn’t catch it.

  • smaragdus

    I always do copy before I post (I use some clipboard managers too) so I seldom lose tetxs.
    By the way I copied what I had posted yesterday and again the filter caught it.
    Is there a way to send you this small collection of links (although I doubt there would be apps unknown to you).

  • smaragdus

    I always do copy before posting (I use some clipboard managers too) so I almost never lose texts.

    Below is what I posted and got filtered:

    Some free alternatives :

    Free PC Audit: – Home Page – Free PC Audit at Softpedia

    Fresh Diagnose: – Home Page – Fresh Diagnose at Softpedia

    HWiNFO32: – Home Page – HWiNFO32 at Softpedia

    Speccy: – Home Page – Speccy at Softpedia – Speccy Portable at Softpedia

    System Information Viewer: – Home Page – System Information Viewer at Softpedia

    System Spec: – Home Page – System Spec at Softpedia

    WinAudit Freeware: – Home Page – Home Page – Home Page – WinAudit Freeware at Softpedia

  • Ashraf

    @smaragdus: I apologize. I have to have a spam filter because there are literally thousands of spam comments a day; sometimes it wrongfully marks a comment. My suggestion is next time you post a comment with lots of links, copy the comment before submitting so you can re-submit if it gets marekd as spam. You can also try doing hxxp:// instead of http:// for the links.

  • smaragdus

    @ Ashraf
    I posted some alternatives to Aida with links to their home pages and Softpedia. I think I included 17 links.
    In fact I tried to mention all valuable alternatives I knew.

  • Ashraf

    @smaragdus: Your comment wasn’t censured. It must have been marked as “spam” by the spam filter. Did you include a lot of links or formatting? I try to catch false positives but with thousands of spam comments a day it just isn’t possible. Sorry about that!

  • Garuda-3366

    CPU-Z gathers and displays basic information on some of the main devices of your system (CPU, Mainboard, Memory, GPU…). However PC Wizard 2012 is more complete and you can view hardware information, such as a system summary, mainboard, processor, video card and GPU, drives, printers, devices, multimedia, network, power status, voltage, temperature and fans, and Windows hardware experience index (e.g. benchmarks and performance tests), and much more…

  • jayesstee

    Nice one! Downloaded and installed, seems like an interesting app. – will spend hours exploring.
    Thank you for highlighting the somewhat tortuous registration path.

    Thanks as well, definitely worth looking at PC Wizard.

  • RobCr

    Perhaps you could be the man to shed light on this ?
    I have used CPU-Z (CPUID) in the past
    Your Portable PC Wizard 2012 is from the same company.
    Is it free, if downloaded from them ?
    And what is the difference between yours and CPU-Z


  • smaragdus

    it ssems that for some unknown reason my comment has been censored, i wasted my time.

  • Garuda-3366

    Instead of this old and time limited version of AIDA64 Extreme Edition, I would like to recommend the use of this very good free portable software : Portable PC Wizard 2012 2.0, downloadable at this link
    I think its the best alternative…
    Best regards,

  • Rick C

    @ Ashraf and all dotTech readers for alternatives on this and ALMOST anything there is… Try this website…

  • David

    Patrick said about Ashraf’s comment

    “I’ve seldom -or, to my knowledge, never- before see you lash out that hard at anyone or anything!”

    I didn’t take it as lashing out, he just is a little ticked off (as he should be). Giveaways should be upfront with their offers and state that it is an older version, only good for 1 year or a crippled version etc.
    I agree with Ash on this folks.

  • Patrick


    I’ve seldom -or, to my knowledge, never- before see you lash out that hard at anyone or anything!

    But I do agree : “Does DownloadCrew and FinalWare (the developer of AIDA64) really expect us to use an old version of a software for one year? Really? Bait-and-switch-like tactics for the lose. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
    Obviously they do and they aren’t…

    So I guess you mean that “for the lose” should read “for the loseRS”. Rightly so!

    “Too many sideroads and byways to pass through.”
    Is it just my memory playing tricks on me or not, I don’t care to check ;-) But it seems to me that this is becoming more and more the rule of the day. Until a few months ago installing and registering was a lot more straighthforward – apart from some exeptions which we gladly accepted because of the quality of the software offered.

    Also some developers have this new ethics of installing their own search engine behind your back, without warning or giving you any choice. Ashampoo’s last free offer (Photo Commander 9) put their own “Ashampoo search” on my system, but during the installation process there was no mention of that. I never had any issues with Ahampoo before. Even though a lot of people regularly warned users against alledged spamming origininating from them, I never ever received mail that I could attribute as coming from them. Now I start having my doubts…

    I pass on today’s offer mainly because of the one year limit on dated software.

    Have a nice day! The weather’s too fine on the Belgian coast to stay indoors :-)


  • Jazz

    Started the whole process, but then decided against it. Too many sideroads and byways to pass through. On top of that, it’s an old app, has to be registered online, uncertain support, no updates, and is only valid for one year. I actually wanted to test it on my other PC, which is a bit buggy at the moment, but I’m not sure if I would be able to transfer it to that PC after online registration. All in all, just too stinky to carry on with. Will go for other, free tools without all the schlep attached. If they want to get decent exposure and gain customers, they should just give it away… period. Not with all the sneaky coercive strings attached. It makes me uncomfortable to deal with people like them. They can keep it. I’m also going to block their future emails.

  • Back when my requirements were higher, I used to use SISoft Sandra (now in 2012 version)

    Home licensing is $50/5 PCs which is pretty reasonable. It’s known as benchmarking software, but though the developer is completely AWFUL at promoting this aspect of the software, it gives (or at least used to, and I can’t see why it wouldn’t) a sort of expert system diagnostic database set of knowledge base suggestions on what’s bogging your system down and how you can improve performance.

    Really a very nice piece of software last I looked at it. Ashraf, if you haven’t evaluated it, I suggest you grab an eval copy — the dev really really isn’t good at creating a promotional web site that shows you what the software really does. It would make a great topic!

  • RobCr

    I am not desiring the running of benchmark tests etc.
    My most common need, would be for detailing all the hardware (etc) in a PC.
    Which of the freeware alternatives do you guys recommend.
    Was it SIW the someone mentioned very recently on Ahsraf’s site, that was alarming Norton ?
    I haven’t seen response from you guys as to whether the latest free one is safe ?
    I just a few hours ago, noticed this version (installer) on my hard drive –
    SIW 1.72 – November 20, 2007
    Is that a good year ?

  • JonE

    I’ll give this a try.

    Yes! I remember Everest. Before there was SIW (FREE) there was Everest (pay for program) by Lavalys and the predecessor to Everest was AIDA32 (FREE) developed by Tamas Miklos. Tamas Miklos became Executive Vice President of Software Engineering Research & Development at Lavalys in 2004 at which time he discontinued development of AIDA32.

    AIDA32 is the best system information type program I’ve ever used. I still do occasionally use it, but do depend on SIW more for current info.

    I’m interested to know how AIDA64 compares; I almost missed this one.

  • joe3

    Another vote for SIW.
    I use the Portable Apps version which does not include ad-ware.
    Offer of a 1 year license of an old version is something I CAN refuse.

  • acr

    downloadcrew has their typical offer of bait and switch…they even advertise this older 1.85 version of being worth $39.95.

  • Julian

    I like SIW. It provides a ton of info.

  • mukhi

    agree with Ashraf. will never like any SW that has expiry date and old version. this is why i stopped buying anti-virus. i use old version as long as i know the SW is really worth it. e.g., FSCapture.

  • Any ideas if the license is activated on input, activated automatically today, or how long is the shelf life…..