Monday, March 19, 2012

Windows Experience Index: Assess your PC Performance

If you use Windows Vista, 7 or 8 then you will be able to rate your computer using Windows Experience Index. Windows has its own rating system to estimate computer's capacity or performance. 

Computer users normally rate a computer by analyzing its configuration. For example we can estimate a computer's performance by its RAM, Main Board, Processor etc. A common rating system is the power of processor.

Often we use Pentium IV, Dual Core, Core 2 Duo PC to say a computer's performance. But processor is not everything. A computer's performance also depends on RAM, Hard Disk, Graphics etc. 

In windows operating systems (Vista, 7 and 8) there is a rating system. It is know as Windows Experience Index. Here the scale is 1 to 7.9 that means the minimum score is 1 and maximum is 7.9.

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To run the assessment all you need to do is just right click on the Computer and select properties. Now you will see the system section. And here you will find an option named Windows Experience Index. Click on it. And then you will see the assessment option. If you've already run this process then you will be able to see your score like below:

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After clicking the Run the Assessment option the process will begin. It takes 4 to 6 minutes depends on your computer's configuration. During the rating your screen brightness may increase or decrease. But don't be panic as it is usual. 

If your score is 3 then your PC is perfect to run Vista, 7 or 8. But Microsoft declared that a computer with rating point 5 will be ideal to get full performance of the operating system. 

Another thing you should consider is that, the rating score is determined by lowest sub score. So whether your score is 3 or 4 it doesn't mean that your PC is worth of that score. In most cases rating score is very low due to the graphics performance. In that case you can use an external graphics card to improve your computer performance. 

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