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Windows 8.1 Windows Experience Index

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Windows Experience Index is a benchmarking tool which gives you an vague idea on how well the operating system is working on your computer. In other words, it tells you how the operating system rates your PC. The feature was first introduced with Vista. The score can be as low as 1.0 to the highest 9.9.

In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, you can simply go to Control Panel, then select Performance Information and Tools. You can just click on the assessment or re-run assessment. After couple of minutes, you will be presented with the score. The entire process is simple with a graphical interface.

But in Win 8.1, the process is entirely different. There are no direct ways to check experience index, but it is not completely removed.

Check Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1

  • Right click on Start. Open command prompt with admin rights
    windows 8.1 windows experience index
  • Inside the command window, type winsat prepop
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    windows 8.1 windows experience index
    This initiates a scan. The details can be seen inside the command window. Once the scan is complete, it will show a command prompt. From the window above. It took 2 minutes and 16 sec to complete the scan. Now close the command prompt window.
  • Open Search from Charms window (Windows Key + C)
  • Type windows powershell. Right click and select Run as administrator
    windows 8.1 windows experience index

Inside powershell window, type Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_WinSAT
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CPU Score is for processor

D3D Scroe is for 3D graphics
Disk Score is for hard disk
Graphics Score is for graphics
Memory Score is for RAM

From the above image, you can see the WinSPRLevel is 5.9. Windows Experience Index is the lowest score received from all the test.  Disk score here is 5.9. This tell me that the hard disk is not up to the performance from other hardware components. Adding an SSD drive might improve my score.

Hope you find this article useful. Use the comment section for any queries.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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