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What is the Windows Experience Index and how to determine it?

Question by SillyGirl | 2013-08-27 at 04:54

I am thinking about purchasing a software product for Windows. However, I had a look at the description of the software and their is a statement that the application needs a certain so-called Windows Experience Index. Otherwise, the software will not work.

Unfortunately, I have never heard about the term Windows Experience Index. Therefore, I am unsure whether it is worth to buy the program, if maybe, I cannot run it later on my computer.

Can anyone explain what is going on with this index and above all, how I can determine the index for my computer or my system? Thank you.

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The Windows Experience Index (WEI) is something like a grade on the performance of your system. Windows assesses your processor, your memory (RAM), your graphics and your hard drive to rate all of this points on a scale. After that rating, the Windows Experience Index is the smallest value from these individual part reviews. The lowest score is 1.0 while the best grade is depending on the Windows version. In Windows Vista, the highest score is 5,9 while in Windows 7 it is 7.9 and 9.9 in Windows 8.

To display the Windows Experience Index of your computer, simply go to the Control Panel and then click on "Performance Information and Tools". Alternatively, you can also press the Windows key and the pause key simultaneously. After that, a window opens in which you can see the individual graded and the overall score. 

On the one hand, the Windows Experience Index can be used as a decision aid to decide at which point an upgrade can be a good idea and on the other hand, the index is used by some programs like yours to decide whether the software can run on the system or which features are available in this after. For this reason, there are already programs that can manipulate the index. For example, the Leistungsindex-Manipulator or Faker (german). However, if faking the index is just a good idea, I do not want to judge at this point and of course, you should perform any kind of manipulation only at your own risk. 
2013-08-27 at 15:44

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