How Can I Find Out What My Base Score Is?

To find out your base score, go to the Windows Start and type experience index in the search field. From the results open Check the Windows Experience Index.

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To determine your present score, click the Re-run the assessment link in the bottom right.

What Do The Numbers Mean?

Particularly the base score gives you a general idea about what kinds of tasks your computer is best suited for. Below is a rough recommendation.

  • 2.0 – suitable for basic computer tasks
  • 3.0 – suitable for Aero and basic level Windows 7 features
  • 5.0 – suitable for new Windows 7 features and multi-tasking
  • 7.0 – suitable for high-end and graphics-intensive experiences

The subscores on the other hand allow you to determine, which components are best upgraded, not only to improve your base score, but more importantly to improve the system performance for specific tasks. For example if you will do mainly office type work with your computer, make sure you have high subscores for the CPU and RAM (memory). Graphics on the other hand can be neglected.

windows experience index

How Can I Improve My Base Score?

The base score is based on the lowest subscore. Hence, you need to improve your subscores in order to improve the base score. Now the only way to improve a subscore is to upgrade the respective hardware.

For example, to receive a better subscore for the memory component, you need to install additional or faster RAM. The same is true for all other categories. Unfortunately, not all hardware is easy to upgrade.