The resulting base score gives you an idea how well your system will perform on various tasks, including word processing, basic or advanced Windows 7 features, or graphics-intensive operations.
In Windows Vista, this range extended only to 5.9, but Microsoft says it has increased the range due to the evolution of hardware capabilities in the time since Windows Vista was released.
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Microsoft debuted its Windows Experience Index (WEI) tool in Windows Vista as a way to measure the relative performance of the components in your PC.
As such, each key hardware device in the PC, including the microprocessor, RAM, graphics (for the UI and for more advanced tasks), and hard disk, is assessed and awarded a sub-score; and the lowest scoring component is used as the basis for the system's overall WEI score.
Step 2: Open the Windows Powershell as administrator, then type "Get-Wmi Object -Class Win32_Win SAT" and press Enter.