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How to: Windows Experience Index (Performance Score) and Windows 10


So you have Windows 10 and you start thinking about that performance scoring system that Windows Vista introduced into the operating system some years ago. Now you wonder what your PC would look like today if you could score it out, but Windows no longer has that screen in the system properties/info window. What do you do?

Well, the feature was called the Windows Experience Index (WEI), and they removed the front-end of it mostly from Windows starting with Windows 8. The feature, however, is still there and you can still easily get this information with a few steps. Given, a few more steps than it used to be and you may not have played with some of these screens before, but it is completely safe. Although, we will always warn you that you continue at your own risk. This is because although our instructions are safe, you should always be careful about anything else you enter into these screens.

Option 1 – Simply viewing your currently recorded score

If you feel like you haven’t made any recent changes to your system hardware-wise and would like to just know what the current score of the system is, this is the easiest. First, hold down the Windows logo key on your keyboard and then press “R” (Keys: Win+R). This will bring up the run dialog box. In this box, simply type “shell:Games”. This will bring up that familiar games window from Windows Vista/7. Take a look at the right side of the screen and there you will find your current score.

Option 2 – Force Windows 10 to retally that score!

Now let’s say that you quite recently have upgraded the hardware of your system and would like to refresh the score to see if it has changed yet. You will want to start off by heading to your start menu and clicking once on it. Immediately type “cmd” and it will quickly search out the link for Command Prompt. Right click on it in the menu and choose “Run as administrator”.

When the window pops up, you will enter “winsat prepop” (without quotes) into the window and hit enter. Let it do its thing and when it finishes back to the “C:\Users\username>” prompt (the path may differ based on your system and username), it has finished and you can close the window.

Now, from here you could go to the above mentioned Windows Games screen to view your score to see if it changed (you never know, it could have already retested your system since you upgraded it).

If that isn’t enough and you want to know more, including the breakdown of what is being scored, then you can continue to scroll down for additional instructions.

Click on your start menu again and type “powershell” and as you’re typing it out, it should be filtering things down to “Windows PowerShell”. Once you see it, right click on it and select “Run as administrator”, just like you did for the Command Prompt window.

When PowerShell opens, it will look a lot like the Command Prompt window, only with a blue background. In this window, you will want to type “Get-WmiObject -class Win32_WinSAT” (without quotes)–or copy and paste it from here–and hit enter.

You will then be fed a bunch of data that will break down your score. It will break it down by CPU, Direct3D, hard drive, graphics and memory. The Direct3D score will more than likely be high (or always 9.9) due to the fact that Windows no longer really accesses this for testing (since Windows 8.1). So instead, it determines this information using some very basic generic information. You should be able to pretend that doesn’t even exist in the list. It’s your CPU, disk, graphics and memory that you should be interested in.

The total score is based on the lowest value in the list. So now you will have an idea of where your system may be bottlenecking in performance and what you might want to look at upgrading next. For example, if your graphics score is really low in comparison to everything else, it might be time to upgrade your video card. Especially if you’re planning on jumping on the VR bandwagon as it swiftly approaches (VR is going to be big in 2017).

That’s it, you’re finished!


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