How to Check Your Windows Experience Index in Windows 10

By | February 24, 2022

Want to know your computer’s performance and any bottlenecks right away? Check your Windows Experience Score in Windows 10.

Remember the Windows Experience Index? The Windows Experience Index is a quick way for Windows users to find out their computer’s overall performance and any immediate bottlenecks.

Microsoft removed the graphical version from the Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1. But the underlying tool, the Windows System Assessment Tool, lives on. Better yet, you can easily access old performance ratings.

Here’s how you can check your Windows Experience Index in Windows 10.

Run WinSAT to Generate Windows Experience Index

The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) remains in Windows 10. You can use WinSAT to create a Windows Experience Index for processor, graphics card, memory speed, and more.

The following process generates a Windows ExperienceIndex and then exports it to an XML file.

  • Type command in your Start menu search bar, right-click Best Match, and select Run as Administrator.
  • When Command Prompt opens, enter the following command: formal winsat
  • Wait for the process to finish. Once done, you can find the XML file in C:WindowsPerformanceWinSATDataStore.
  • Look for the set of files containing the date you ran the test. Open an XML file that looks like “[date of test] Formal.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT.xml”.
  • When prompted, select your internet browser to view the XML file. Your browser will make the XML data readable.

The Windows Experience Index is near the top of the file.

Use Windows PowerShell

You can also use the WinSAT command in Windows PowerShell. The commands work more or less the same and give you a much cleaner output.

  • Type powershell into your Start menu search bar, right click Windows PowerShell, and select Run as Administrator.
  • When PowerShell opens, enter the following command: Get-CimInstance Win32_WinSat

Your overall Windows Experience Index is listed next to WinSPRLevel.

use Performance Monitor and System Diagnostics

Windows Performance Monitor also lets you view your Windows Experience Index. This is how you find the score or perform a system scan if no score exists.

  • Type performance into your Start Menu search bar and select Performance Monitor.
  • Under Performance, go to Data Collector Sets > System > System Diagnostics. Right click System Diagnostics and select Start. System Diagnostics will run, gathering information about your system.
  • Now, open Report > System > System Diagnostics >[nama komputer]. After selecting your computer name, the System Diagnostics Report will appear. Scroll down the report until you find Hardware Configuration
  • Expand Desktop Rating, then two additional dropdowns, and there you will find your Windows Experience Index.

Winaero WEI Tool

Winaero WEI Tool is a basic but practical tool that you can use to generate a visual Windows Experience Index. Winaero WEI Tool is lightweight and takes a few seconds to score your system. It has some useful screenshot tools built-in too.
Download: Winaero WEI Tool for Windows (Free)

Alternatives to Windows Experience Index

The Windows Experience Index is not a great way to assess the performance of your system. It has one severe limitation. Your Windows Experience Index scores are derived from the lowest performing hardware. In my case, my disk speed lowered my overall score, despite receiving high scores for CPU, Direct 3D, Graphics, and Memory.

One low score can alert you to a bottleneck in your system. My system score is down because I have multiple drives, some of which are slow old hard drives.

Overall, the Windows Experience Index is not the best way to know your system’s performance or where you can improve it either. Here are two alternative Windows Experience Indexes that give you the information you need.

SiSoftware Sandra

SiSoftware Sandra (Ssystem ANaylzer, Ddiagnostics, and Reporting Assistant) is a system benchmarking tool that you can use to test your hardware against other users. Sandra has an online reference database that you can use to compare individual aspects of your system, such as the processor or internet connection, and then compare them to other systems to see if system upgrades are worthwhile.
Download: Sandra for Windows (Free)

UserBenchmark

Another useful option is UserBenchmark. UserBenchmark runs a set of benchmarking tools on your system, then opens the results in your default internet browser. You can then compare your results with thousands of other UserBenchmark users, finding out how your system ranks in comparison.

UserBenchmarks are useful if you want to see how other users with similar hardware are improving. For example, if someone uses a different type of RAM with the same CPU as you, or if someone uses a faster hard drive to increase their score.

Scroll down in your UserBenchmark results and find Typical [motherboard type] Combinations. From here, you can see the percentage of users using alternative hardware in combination with your current motherboard.

Download: UserBenchmark for Windows (Free)

Is the Windows Experience Index Reliable

When you look at the information that SiSoftware Sandra and UserBenchmark offer, the Windows Experience Index seems to be lacking. The overview the alternatives give you, compared to other hardware you can use to upgrade your system, means that the numbers the Windows Experience Index gives you don’t tell you much.

To be honest, Microsoft doesn’t advertise the Windows Experience Index. Additionally, Microsoft has removed the Windows Experience Index from the Microsoft Games panel. As you have seen, you will not find your score unless you try.

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