With the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is offering a lot of new things and has removed some useful things from Windows. One of the important things some may miss is Windows Experience Index. For those unfamiliar with Windows Experience Index, it’s a benchmark tool from Microsoft that determines the performance of your computer. It analyzes your Processor calculations per second, Memory operations per second – Graphics by determining the Desktop performance of Windows Aero, and so on for Windows 11/10.
Microsoft first introduced this in Windows Vista. Microsoft removed the Experience Index from Windows RT but kept it on the original release of Windows 8 in October of 2012
I think it’s a bad move from Microsoft that they decided to kill this feature. It was a nice way to benchmark a PC without any additional tools. Well, at least the geeks used to look at this score and compare the performance, but when it comes to average home users, they couldn’t care less about this feature. Most of them didn’t even know that there was such a feature on Windows 7 or 8.
Because of WEI, I knew if I needed a Hard driver with better RPM or even an SSD on my laptop. But I guess Microsoft decided to kill this feature because it was less popular among the users. Let’s face it; geeks are a rare breed compared to the average home or business user, who doesn’t care about these small changes.
There are speculations that Windows 8 removed this feature because Windows Store might do this job for them. Just like Google Play Store, which will not let you install a game that is not compatible. So I guess today if you want to check if a game is compatible with your PC, you could visit the Can You Run It website.
This website will benchmark your PC and list the game that works with your PC. It looks at your computer’s hardware and system software to determine whether or not your current system can run a game. Recommendations are made on how to update or upgrade each component that does not meet the listed requirements. This patent-pending technology is called “Instant Expert Analysis, ” and it is provided by the System Requirements Lab.
Windows Experience Index in Windows 11
A lot has changed in Windows 11, and there is no direct way to access the experience feature. The alternate way is to execute a simple command in Windows Terminal and find out.
Open Windows Terminal with elevated privilege and execute the command—
get-wmiobject -class win32_winsat. The result will show details of CPUScore, D3DScore, DiskScore, GraphicsScore, MemoryScore, TimeTaken, WinSATAssessmentState, WinSPRLevel and PSComputerName
Windows Experience Index in Windows 10
You could also open the Run box, type
shell:games and hit Enter to open the Games Explorer.
You can see the WEI for your Windows 10 PC here.
Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1
Nevertheless, if you want to still find your Windows Experience Index on Windows 8.1, you can do it as follows:
We have seen that if you wish to reset your WEI, you have to navigate to the following folder:
Now, select all of the .xml files & delete them – and then re-run the WEI assessment.
So if you want to find out your WEI, all you need to do is open an elevated command prompt window, type Winsat formal -restart, and hit Enter. Next, look for and open the Formal.Assessment(Initial).WinSAT.xml file in your default browser. You will get all your individual Windows Experience Index scores, including the final Disk Score, here in Windows 8.1.
What is a good Windows Experience Index?
For high-end work and strong multitasking, scores in the 4.0–5.0 range are sufficient. Any computer with a performance rating of 6.0 or higher can do anything you need. That said, a lot depends on what kind of work you do and how many apps you need to run simultaneously. So make sure you also try it out in the experience zone to figure out of the PC works well for you.
How do I improve my Windows Experience Index?
Upgrading the hardware is the only way to increase the experience. Not that it matters, but if you are facing a slow PC experience, then upgrading storage and RAM should be done first, and then one should think about changing the CPU and GPU.