The Windows Experience Index was a handy benchmark score that users of Windows Vista through Windows 7 could use to gauge the performance of their PC. While more comprehensive benchmarks for Windows PC performance exist, the Windows Experience Index score could help users quickly identify if any particular components or capabilities of their PC were acting as a performance bottleneck.
The user-facing side of the Windows Experience Index score went away with the launch of Windows 8, but the core tool that measured the WEI score, the Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT), remains to this day, even in Windows 10. This tool can still generate a Windows Experience Index score for a user’s processor, memory, graphics, and disk performance, and these scores can be read by certain applications to ensure compatibility with a user’s PC.
For Windows 10 users who still want to easily see their PC’s Windows Experience Index score, this data can be accessed in several different ways.
Manually Run WinSAT to Generate XML Files
The first way to see your Windows Experience Index score in Windows 10 is to manually run the WinSAT command. Launch the Command Prompt (or PowerShell) and enter the following command:
This will execute the Windows System Assessment Tool and benchmark your system’s CPU, memory, 2D and 3D graphics, and storage speed. Just sit back and let the test finish; the time it takes to complete will depend on the speed of your PC’s components.
When it’s done, you can find the results in C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore. Find the XML file containing the name “Formal.Assessment.” If you’ve never run the WinSAT command, the file will be designated “Initial.” If it has been run before, however, the results of the current test will be in the file labeled “Recent.”
You can open the Formal.Assessment XML file in a web browser or your favorite XML viewer. The results aren’t formatted nicely like the old Windows Experience Index score, but you can still get the relevant scores. Just scroll down a little bit at the beginning of the XML file and find the section labeled WinSPR.
There, you’ll see the total score for each category, with “SystemScore” representing your overall Windows Experience Index score.
Use a Third Party Windows Experience Index Replacement
Instead of manually generating WinSAT’s XML files and having to comb through them, you can turn to a number of third party replacements that replicate the original functionality of the Windows Experience Index. These tools still run the WinSAT command, but they then format the results in a simple and easy to use interface.
As mentioned, there are a number of tools that offer this functionality, some of questionable quality. One of our favorites is the WEI Tool from Winaero. It’s free, portable (i.e., doesn’t require installation), and it’s from the same group that makes lots of other safe and useful Windows utilities.
Just download the tool from the Winaero website, extract the ZIP file, and run WEI.exe. Run (or re-run, if you’ve already performed the WinSAT method) the system assessment, which again will take some time depending on the speed of your PC. When it’s done, you’ll see your results listed by category, along with your overall system score, just like how the original Windows Experience Index score appeared in earlier versions of Windows.
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