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How powerful is your Windows 8.1 device? Check your Windows Experience Index

Back in the day, Microsoft had a neat little tool under settings called the Windows Experience Index (WEI). It rated the processor, RAM, graphics, gaming graphics and primary hard disk to give you an overall rating of your PC. It was a neat baseline tool used to compare and contrast different computers, with the higher overall score being obviously better. You could also diagnose your computer to see where the ‘weak’ spot was in performance.

That tool came out with Windows Vista and it disappeared in Windows 8.1, but there are a few ways to get it back. Scott Hanselman works on the Web Platform Team at Microsoft, but he also runs an informative personal blog dealing with technology. Last night he posted a neat little trick to get your results for the WEI.

Windows Experience Index ThinkPad8

The method involves running a command prompt, entering in "winsat prepop." and then using Powershell to view the scores. You can head to Scott’s blog for the full details (link below), and it should only take you five minutes of your time.

Or just use an app

If, however, you are on the lazy side or command prompts freak you out, you can just download a free app called ‘ChrisPC Win Experience Index.’ It does the same thing and even brings back the fancy looking user interface. It has an ad or two, but otherwise the software checks out. Download the app, run it and let it do its thing (link to the website is below).

*Note: for tablets or laptops, you’ll need to have the device plugged in for AC power before the test will commence

We ran the tests on our Surface Pro 3 (Core i5), Dell XPS 27 and Lenovo ThinkPad8. Here are our results:

  • Surface Pro 3 (Core i5) – 5.4
  • Dell XPS 27 (Core i7) – 5.0
  • ThinkPad8 (Intel Atom) 4.1

As you can see, none of those are particularly impressive, though I am shocked that the Surface Pro 3 beat out my Core i7 Dell XPS 27. That’s due to the graphics, although my Dell does have a dedicated graphics chip from Nvidia, so perhaps something is not reading correctly.

Windows Experience Index Dell

Why did Microsoft remove the WEI? Well, for consumers, the scores were kind of arbitrary and it’s not exactly clear that anyone was using the WEI in a productive manner. Sure, PC enthusiasts and geeks loved it, but it wasn’t exactly practical either.

The real question though is what’s your score? Let us know in comments, including what device you tested on along with its CPU!

Update: For those asking about my wallpaper, here you go.

Further reading and software download: Hanselman.com, Chris PC software

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How powerful is your Windows 8.1 device? Check your Windows Experience Index

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I got 5.9 only because of my crappy spinning hard drive. The rest is between 8.1 and 8.4. Which is pretty decent on my machine.

AMD FX 8320 Octacore Processor

8 GB Ram

AMD Radeon R9 270X

1TB WD Hard Drive (Should Upgrade that sucker to SSD)

I think Microsoft removed WEI because the Windows 8 tablets would be getting lower and lower scores... Just a thought though!

Also it was supposed to be tied to gfw label games but I had yet to see it listed on retail packaging much less gfw marketplace. Only place that its listed is if you click on a game icon in game folder that vista/7 create

maybe they didn't want to shame ARM chips. I imagine the tegra and snap dragon chips are worse than anything with intel you've had for a decade.

right. they fair better than ARM still. At least they did so with clovertrail, baytrail, and I suspect cherry trail. ARM is just slow and realistically doesn't have a hope to catch up while retaining its power levels and RISC design.

I posted below for daniel but I'll reply here too. If you're using the ChrisPC program you need to go into the Nvidia Control Panel and add the program to the Manage 3D settings section. You may have to browse for the .exe. Once it's added, change the setting to use the Nvidia GPU and not the default integrated graphics card.

Thanks for the tips Shadow 024!  I was previously getting Graphics 5.9, and 3d Graphics 4.7 scores.  

Once I added the ChrisWEI.exe to the Nvidia Control Panel, then it rated them 6.9 and 6.5 respectively!! Woo-Hoo!!

If you're using an SSD it should get more than 5.9. 5.9 usually is given to mechanical drives.

Check that your BIOS has SATA set to AHCI, and check that you have the AHCI drivers installed.

You need to also make sure TRIM is enabled by going to a admin command prompt, and typing: fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify if it returns a value of 0 it's enabled.

Edit: I see you're using a hybrid. That score is probably right.

Curious which model you have. I have the Ativ 9 Plus NP940X3g-K01. I ask because my scored differed a bit, specifically, my memory was 5.9. compared to your 7.6.

"PC enthusiasts and geeks loved it"? I don't think so, since this is no real benchmark, e.g. it just takes the lowest score as the overall one.

Well, either no one loved it or it was consumers. My guess was only people who dug down deep were more of the geeky type, but it's true, I didn't do a proper poll ;)

But I have to admit, I was quite excited when they first introduced this feature and it's true, not many know about it. ;-)

I think it was supposed to be tied to gfw as a way of making system requirements easier to spot @ retail but ive only seen that info in the vista/7 games folder

I think it was also to show how your system would handle aero glass. The interface was very graphics intensive when it first appeared in Vista.

Janis91 says: "PC enthusiasts and geeks loved it"? I don't think so, since this is no real benchmark, e.g. it just takes the lowest score as the overall one.

 

It is not so much arbitrary scoring, it does select the lowest score to indicate which part of the computing device is the bottleneck performance wise.

If you have SSDs that don't look like SSDs in Windows, manually running WEI on 8.1 is the only way to get Windows to not think they are spinning disks. If Windows doesn't think they are SSDs, it will attempt to defragment them, instead of trim them, and shorten their life

Thanks Herbert for the constructive comment. Can I have your email? I'll run by all our stories with you to see if they're too old for your likes /s

Seriously. It's news to me. It's new to others. Not everything you're going to read in life is exciting or new.

Processor                            7.4
Memory (RAM)                     5.9
Graphics                              5.9
Gaming graphics                   5.1 (base score)
Primary hard disk                  5.9

Thats my WEI. On my.... Mac Mini (late 2012) btw :D And no... I never use that "other" OS on the device. I just like the Mac. :)

 

The highest is 9 point something (9.7?). It'll never become a 10 (unless you make it 10 by doing a hack).

Considering you'd need the absolute top-end parts, $20k is likely a little short still. CPU's alone - we'd be talking a dual-socket board with two Xeon E7-8890 v2's, having a price tag of ~$7k each. You might even need them overclocked as well, meaning a top-notch water cooling system would be needed at the very least. After that, you'd *of course* want a minimum of 3 Titan Blacks to back up your graphics performance - so at least another $3.5k there.

I'm pretty sure there's an error with the ChrisPC app, I did my test for my 1st gen Surface Pro through Powershell and I've got a higher score than the SP3 here:

CPUScore: 6.9

D3DScore: 6.4 (Not sure which graphics this is, I'm guessing gaming but it seems too high)

DiskScore: 8.1

GraphicsScore: 5.6

MemoryScore: 5.9

WinSPRLevel (Overall Score): 5.6

 

Desktop i7/16GB/ SLI graphics card(s)

CPUScore              : 8.6
D3DScore              : 8.3
DiskScore             : 8.05
GraphicsScore         : 8.3
MemoryScore           : 8.6
WinSPRLevel           : 8.05

or you can use WINAERO WEI TOOL which has a simpler design(no ads)...

7.8 , 7.8 , 8.4 , 8.4 , 5.9 :)

Dell Venue 11 Pro 5130
CPUScore: 6.8
D3DScore: 3.9
DiskScore: 7.05
GraphicScore: 4.3
MemoryScore: 5.5
WinSPRLevel: 3.9

It isn't very useful really, if I remember correctly my core 2 duo desk beats your i7 Daniels, and there isn't even an SSD lol

For your XPS 27 you need to go into the nvidia control panel and add the program into the Manage 3D settings section. If you don't, it uses the intel display driver.

Edit: To be more specific, you need to tell the nvidia control panel to allow ChrisPC program to use the Nvidia GPU and not the integrated graphics.

Pentium D,4GB RAM DDR2,GT 520 2GB, 160GB HDD

CPU-5.1
D3D-6.5
Disk-5.9
Gfx-5.5
Memory-5.4

Overall-5.1, not bad for a PC bought in 2007 :P :D

thanks for my new lock screen background!

*Edit: ran WEI #'s via command prompt a while back when I upgraded to w8 x86

ThinkPad SL410 core 2 duo T5870@ 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM (single channel), Intel GMA, 5400RPM HDD

System Score: 2.9
CPU: 5.4
RAM: 5.4
GPU: 2.9
Gaming Graphics: 3.3
HDD: 5.8

ThinkPad Yoga (Core i5, 512 GB 5400):

  • CPU - 7.2 (7.1)
  • RAM - 7.5 (7.5)
  • GPU - 5.4 (5.9)
  • GPU (for gaming) - 5.1 (5.4) - lowest score
  • HDD - 5.9 (5.9)

All scores out of 9.9. Scores in parenthesis are refreshed scores using ChrisPC WEI software.

I am planning to move to an SSD so the last score will cerntainly change.

64x WIndows 8.1 Pro

----------------------------------------------
Processor                       8.1 ( I7 - 3820QM - 2.7GHz)
Memory (RAM)                    8.1 (32 GB)
Graphics                        7.8 ( NVidia Quadro K4000M, 4GB RAM)
Gaming graphics                 7.8
Primary hard disk               5.9 (1TB SATA)
----------------------------------------------
Base score                      5.9

 

What in the hell does it take to get to 9.9?

Lenovo Lynx k3011 rates 3.3

3D was the lowest!

Intel Atom processor 3.7

but I feel than my tablet is fast, maybe I am a super lower user :P

I apologise for the off-topic question, but can anyone tell me where to find that abstract wall paper on the Surface above?

i7 3770K, 16gb, GTX 760 OC, Samsung 830 256gb SSD

CPU: 8.3 

Mem: 8.3 

Graphics: 8.4 

Gaming Graphics: 8.4

SSD: 8.1

Overall: 8.1

Man I need a new SSD 

My 6 year old Dell Dimension scored 5.8
It has the NVIDIA 7900 GTX video card, Dual core 3.4 Ghz, 4GB RAM, Barracuda HDD @ 7,200 RPM.

I get 4.6 on my 7-years old Sony Vaio laptop (2GHzCore 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 7200rpm HDD, disabled nVidia card (malfunctioning)). Makes me think twice before upgrading, if the Dell XPS 27 (Core i7) only gets 5.0... :-)

Processor 8.2 (I7 4800QM)

Memory 8.2 (8Gb DDR3)

Graphics 8.2 (Geforce GTX 870M)

Gaming graphics 8.2 (" ")

Primary HD 7.8 (Kingston 250Gb SSD)

That''ll do for a laptop =)

i got 4.1 on a asus T100.....

not bad for a tablet :P

in my desktop i got 

8.6 CPU (i7 4770k)

8.6 RAM ( Corsair 8Gb@1600Mhz)

8.4 Graphics (R9 280)

8.4 Gaming Graphics

8.1 SSD  (Corsair ForceGT 128Gb)

I've read somewhere that across different OSes (Vista, 7, and 8), the tool will give different results on the same hardware, that's why they nixed it.

Got a 5.5 on my Yoga 2 Pro, i7, 8GB, 256GB SSD. Of course Gming Graphics were the low score. But the SSD scored an 8.1, with the processer ringing in at 7.4. RAM was 7.6. For $1,199, works for me.

5,9 on Windows Pro 8.1 running inside a VM on Parallels, @ Macbook Pro 15.4" 2011

- Processor: 6,8 (Core i7)

- Memory: 5,9 (3GB allocated to the VM, 16GB total)

- Graphics: 6,6

- Gaming Graphics: 6,6

- Hard Disk: 8,4 (Kingston SSD 240GB) 

Last week I would be capable of running the test on Boot Camp, but since I changed to the SSD, it's too small to have a partition exclusive to Windows :D

 

I got 3.6 cos of gaming graphics. Other scores were quite good. Best was 6.7 on processor. But considering I am using a budget laptop that only cost me £70 from a neighbour, am certainly not complaining. Most of my other scores were in high 5's except graphics at 4 and 3.6 not too bad I guess.

4.5 on an acer p3 (i3 model) - desktop graphics is this low :/ but the gaming graphics is pretty cool (6.1.:D)