How to check the Windows Experience Index in Windows 10
Windows 10 may have brought a lot of new features, but it did spell the end of many a useful option.
One such thing which was eliminated was the Windows Experience Index.
Technically, this was removed from Windows 8, but not quite completely. Microsoft only eliminsted the GUI (graphical user interface) of the application, but the core component called WEI still existed and continues to do so.
For those who don’t know what the Windows Experience Index , here is a recap. WEI as it is called, is kind of a benchmarking tool, which rates the hardware of your PC. The rating is given from a scale of 0 to 9.9. The total rating of WEI, is determined by the lowest subset (lowest rating) in the benchmark.
The system rates the following components of your computer:
- Memory (RAM)
- Graphics (GPU)
- Desktop Graphics
- Primary Hard Drive
The more powerful your hardware is, the higher the score which you will get.
It is a useful way to check how the operating system performs with your PC, to some extent. But don’t take it too seriously though. Why on earth did Microsoft remove this app from Windows 10, is something we will never know. The usual guess is nopt many people were using it, of course, this isn’t something you would be using everyday.
Now to the question, is there a way to get the Windows Experience Index in Windows 10. Yes indeed, but there is no built-in method with a GUI, to check the WEI in Windows 10/8. There is third party app which can achieve the same, and it is a free program. And it weighs just over 50kb, and it is a portable app (meaning you don’t have to install it).
How to check the Windows Experience Index in Windows 10:
1. Download the Winaero WEI Tool from the official website.
2. Extract the archive to any folder of your choice. There are just three files in the folder.
3. Run the exe named WEI.
4. And it will tell you how your PC’s hardware fares. It may take a few seconds to generate the ratings.
Ignore my laptop’s WEI, it has an Intel HD Graphics which is why the score is low. Else it would have gotten a solid 6.0 score, which is pretty decent for a budget laptop.
Windows Experience Index is merely a benchmarking tool, and does not reflect the true performance of a device. It should only used as a reference for educational purposes.