Restore The Windows Experience Index To Your PC


Windows Experience windowWindows 7 introduced a rating called the Windows Experience Index, which calculated a series of figures designed to indicate the overall performance of your PC. However, Microsoft messed it up and confused lots of people, by deciding that the overall score of a PC would be the lowest of the results rather than an average. So if you have a blisteringly fast computer with, say, an excellent graphics card and CPU but with a mediocre hard disk, the graphics card and CPU count for nothing in the all-encompassing "Experience Index".

Presumably Microsoft hoped that users and PC vendors would use the WEI score and quote it widely, but this never really happened. Which is probably why it was removed from Windows 8.1 and 10. There's no longer an option to calculate or display your WEI figures.

True to form, however, Microsoft didn't actually remove the WEI code from Windows. They simply removed the option to display it. So if you still want to calculate and display yours, all you need is a small program which calls the existing calculation engine. And you'll find one at which you can download and use for free.

Just download and unzip the file, and you'll find the application program which you can click to run. You can then calculate and view your WEI score, and thus compare your current PC and Windows installation with that of a friend or colleague, or with your previous PC.

The download is less than 0.1 MB and is malware-free according to Virus Total and Web of Trust.

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Not only is the WEI function still present in W 10, it seems the system still runs the calculation periodically. When I ran the Winaero app for the first time the WEI UI appeared immediately showing it as "last updated" just three weeks ago.

I may be getting old and senile but I sure as heck am not about to trust Microsoft to tell me how well my computer is functioning. Belarc Advisor provides a much more detailed diagnostic.

I sure AM old but still it is nice to see the differences between our numerous machines.
And to see the difference that an SSD drive for the system partition brings on an older but fairly well equipped run-off-the-mill Dell Studio XPS system.
To each their own, gell?
PS. I have a hunch that you might understand the last word in the previous line? ;-))