Do you want to play a game that requires high system resources? Would you like to know the strengths and specs of your PC?
The good news is you don’t have to explore the Control Panel to find your computer specifications. Instead, you can rely on the score ratings of the built-in diagnostic tool, Windows Experience Index.
In this guide, we’ll show you different ways to check WEI diagnostic reports and determine your PC’s overall performance.
What Is Windows Experience Index (WEI)?
Microsoft developed the feature as part of the Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) to enable users to evaluate and monitor their hardware performance.
More specifically, it uses a number-based rating system (ranging from 1.0-9.9) to qualify the working condition of the five main components of your PC. They are the CPU, RAM, graphic characteristics (2D and 3D), and ROM.
They are also called sub-scores and base scores. Usually, the lowest value represents the overall rating of the system itself, meaning that PCs with a high rating have high computing power.
You can follow the guides below to determine your Windows 10 system performance rating via the Windows Experience Index.
How to View the Windows Experience Index Score on Windows 10
The process is straightforward. All you have to do is run the WEI tool once after updating it in the Command Prompt.
After that, use any of the three methods discussed below to check the reports.
Updating the WEI Score in Command Prompt
- First, delete all XML files in the destination folder below:
- Use the Windows + X shortcut to open the Quick Link menu and select the Command Prompt (Admin) option.
- Type “winsat formal” (no quotes) in the Command Prompt and hit the Enter key to start the diagnostic test.
Now, you can check the WEI score using the following procedure:
1. View the WEI Score Under System Diagnostics
- Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to launch the Run dialog box.
- Type “perfmon” (no quotes) in the box and click Ok to open the Performance Monitor.
- Click the drop-down icon on the left pane and expand the following folders:
Reports > System > System Diagnostics.
- Under the System Diagnostics folder, find the recent XML file according to the date on your computer.
- Open the report and navigate Hardware Configuration > Desktop Rating > Query > Returned Objects.
- Now, you should see the test details displayed showing the WEI value for CPUScore, D3DScore, DiskScore, GraphicsScore, and MemoryScore.
2. View the WEI Score via File Explorer
- Use the Windows + E shortcut to open the File Explorer window.
- Paste the following path in the address bar and tap the Enter button:
- Double-click the Formal.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT.xml file. It is the one with the most recent date.
- Now, scroll down to find the section with the <WinSPR> tag as the header. There, you will see the various subscores. Note: the SystemScore on the list represents the Base score.
If there are no Formal Assessment files under the DataStore folder, generate them using the Command Prompt. We have discussed the method above.
3. View the WEI Score in Windows PowerShell
Most PC users favor this approach because it is easier. It also generates the reports in less time compared to the previous methods.
- First, open the Quick Link menu using the Windows + X shortcut.
- Select the PowerShell (Admin) option and hit Enter.
- Copy and paste the command line below in the PowerShell and click Ok:
- After that, the subscore ratings will appear instantly. (Note that the WinSPRLevel rating represents the overall system rating).
Note: If you are a gamer or a heavy PC user, running resource-intensive applications on a system rated 7 or below might lead to a fatal system crash.
That’s why it’s advisable you apply the necessary measures to increase the ratings. You can achieve that by replacing the specific hardware components with low subscores. Or, you can use Auslogics BoostSpeed to optimize and resolve issues affecting the system.
Auslogics BoostSpeed helps set up automatic memory and processor management, which reserves sufficient space and processing power for running applications on your computer. That way, you can expect a consistently smooth and enjoyable user experience.
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