The Windows Experience Index (WEI) measures the capability of your computer’s software and hardware configuration. After computation and keeping all the factors in mind, it expresses its conclusions as a number. This is called a base score.
A higher base score means that your computer will run faster and better than a computer with a low base score. This base score rating will help you understand your computer’s capability and pinpoint the areas where it is lacking behind. This can help you in determining which components to upgrade or improve.
There are five aspects assessed by WEI.
- 3D gaming graphics
- Desktop graphics
- System memory (RAM)
- Sequential read throughput of hard disk
- Processing speed and capability.
WEI reports the score on a scale of 1.0 to 9.9. We will show you different ways through which you can calculate your computer’s WEI score without the help of third-party programs.
Updating your Windows Experience Index (WEI) score
First, we need to update your Windows Experience Index before we start looking at the results.
- Press Windows + R button to launch the Run In the dialogue box type “cmd” to launch the command prompt.
Sometimes you may require administrative privileges to update your WEI. In that case, run command prompt as an administrator.
- Type “winsat formal” in the command prompt. Now Windows will start computing and analyzing your current system. This process may take some time so don’t cancel it during any phase whatsoever.
Method 1: Checking WEI in games folder
Since we have upgraded WEI, we can check its value through a number of methods. The easiest one is navigating to your game’s directory and check the value present on the right side of the screen.
- Press Windows + R to pop up the Run application. Type “shell:Games” in the dialogue box and hit enter.
- A new window will pop up. At the right side of the screen, you will see your Windows Experience Index written.
Method 2: Checking WEI in System Diagnostic Report
We can also check WEI with more details available in the Windows Diagnostic Report generated.
- Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “perfmon” in the dialogue box and hit Ok.
- Your Performance Monitor will launch upon execution of this command. Once in the Performance Monitor, navigate to:
Data Collector Sets < System <System Diagnostics
Right click on System Diagnostics and press Start.
- Now Windows Diagnostics will run some checks on your computer. This process may take a while so wait patiently.
- Once the process is completed, navigate to the following:
Reports < System < System Diagnostics < [The report]
- Once you have opened the report, Navigate to Hardware Configuration. You will find 5 further subcategories. Select Desktop Rating.
- Expand the record by pressing the “+” sign on the left side. Now you will be presented with a detailed analysis of all your system specifications. The lowest number will be your base WEI score.
Method 3: Extracting WEI using WinSat DataStore
All your diagnostic information is stored in a specific folder on your computer. We can directly navigate to that folder and extract the information manually without opening any applications.
- Press Windows + E to open your Windows Explorer. Copy and paste the address below into the address bar present at the top of the screen.
- Once in the folder, navigate to the bottom of the screen and right-click on the file which is named as “Formal.Assessment” (Recent). Select the “Open With” option and select Microsoft Edge (or Internet Explorer).
- Once the page is displayed, press Ctrl + F to bring up the search function. Type “winSPR” in the dialogue box and hit enter.
- The first search result will display your system score (also called base score). These are the details of your Windows Experience Index.