13. Update Windows Experience Index Score
When Windows Vista is first installed onto your
computer a series of assessments is run by Vista to
give your PC a Windows Experience Index score. This
assesses the capability of the PCs hardware and
software; the result being displayed as a base score
which generally reflects the lowest scoring
component. It should be noted that this score is not
an average, just a sub-score.
Obviously the higher the sub-score number the
more likely it is that you PC will be able to
perform more resource intensive activities than a PC
with a lower sub-score.
Of course there are ways of increasing the
Windows Experience Index score. This generally
requires the replacement of certain component parts
such as Graphics Card, Memory etc.
While replacing hardware will instantly improve
the Windows Experience Index, the index score is not
automatically updated. Therefore, say for argument,
you had an initial sub-score of 3.3 (this perhaps
referring to the business graphics of your Graphics
Card) and you subsequently decided to change your
Graphic Card in order to improve the figure; after
you installed the new Graphics card the sub-score
would still read 3.3
In order for you to update the Windows Experience
Score you need to do the following:
1/ Click the Start Button.
2/ From the Start Menu click the
Control panel option.
3/ In Control Panel Click on the
4/ In the 'View basic information about
your computer' window look for the
5/ In the System section next to
the 'Rating' guide you will see a
link marked 'Windows experience Index',
Click on this link.
6/ The Rate and Improve your computer
performance window will now open.
7/ Click the 'Update My Score'
link situated just below the Basic Score
8/ The Windows Experience Index
will now run a series of assessments in order to
rate your PC.
9/ At the end of the assessment your
Windows Experience Index score will be