Windows 10 and prior versions dating back to Windows Vista, has a built-In benchmark tool named "Windows Experience Index", which Is basically used to measure how your computer performs against It's Installed hardware components and software configuration. This gives you an Indication on how your PC handles various tasks. In this tutorial, I will provide some In depth methods on how to update and get the Windows Experience Index score.
Basically, the Windows Experience Index (abbreviated as WEI) generates a performance score for the PC's CPU, Ram, hard disk and graphics. Applications can then use the Information, to determine hardware compatibility. Moreover, you can also use the score to Identify which component Is performing at It's peak, and If you wish to upgrade your hardware, the lowest score will assist In making an Informed decision on that.
As per the title of this post, I will show you a few methods on how to generate a WEI score, hence you can pick and choose the one suited to your usability. So let's rip Into this tutorial.
The first thing we need to do, Is update the WEI score via the Command Prompt. Open the Run menu, enter cmd and hit OK.
Next, type winsat formal Into the Command Prompt, and hit Enter on your keyboard.
It will now assess your computer, so be patient whilst It's performing It's task. It should only take a few minutes to complete.
On the grounds It's completed, we'll see the Windows Experience Index score In PowerShell. Open the Run menu again, enter powershell and hit OK.
Type Get-CimInstance Win32_WinSat Into PowerShell, and hit Enter on your keyboard. The WEI score will now be displayed for each hardware component. The following result Is my rating.
Now let's view the WEI score In the Games Explorer Folder. This provides a base score, and not a breakdown of each component. Once again, open the Run menu, type shell:games and hit OK.
And here's the base score of my computer as marked In red, namely Current System 5.1
Now for the last method. We'll generate and view the WEI score In the form of a .xml file. Open File Explorer, copy & paste %windir%\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore Into the address bar, and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
A number of files will now be created, so double-click on the Formal.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT.xml file as shown below.
My Internet Explorer browser has executed and as you can see, a detailed score for each hardware component Is displayed, as outlined In green.
The Windows Experience Index, generates and reports a score between 1.0 to 9.9, so based on this and the aforementioned reports, you can now benchmark your computer and see It's strengths and weaknesses. There's more to the WEI than what this tutorial entails, but for simplicity, I've kept the technical jargon down to a minimum.
Obviously you cannot compare the WEI to third-party benchmarking tools such as PCMark 10, but In terms of a native utility, It certainly serves It's purpose well.