Check PC Performance in Windows 10 Using WinSAT Tool

Older versions of the Windows operating system like Windows Vista and Windows 7 used to have an experience index in the system properties which displayed how powerful your system really is in terms of hardware. It would assess your computer’s graphics, hard disks, CPU, ¬†memory and other things to give it a score from 0.0 to 10.0. Hardly any computer got a score of 10.0, but you could increase this score by adding or installing much more powerful components. For example, an Intel Core 2 Duo PC can be made to get a better score by upgrading the motherboard and the CPU to Intel Core i5.

But this experience index score was removed in Windows 10. Yet the command line tool that analyzes your PC’s hardware is still included in the recent builds of Windows 10. This command line tool is called WinSATand you can use it to find your system score just like in the older versions of Windows. Here is how:

  1. Press the Win+X hotkey to open the administrator menu (also called power user menu) and select Command Prompt (Admin) from there.
  2. In the elevated command prompt that opens up, type winsat formal and press Enter. This will run the Windows system assessment tool and can take a few minutes to complete the process.Windows Experience Index for Windows 10
  3. When the assessment is over, open the folder C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore and open the file that has Formal.Assessment (Initial).WinSAT.XML in the filename. You can use Notepad++ to open this file or open it in any web browser like Edge or Internet Explorer.Windows Experience Index for Windows 10
  4. Search for SystemScore in this XML file and you will find the system score for your PC as calculated by the WinSAT tool. This score would be inside the <SystemScore> tags.

You will also be able to see a variety of other scores in this file. Additionally there are many different XML files in the same folder that hold the scores for individual components like the disk, graphics, DirectX, CPU, memory and so on.

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