This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.
The Windows Experience Index (WEI) measures your computer’s performance capabilities. Knowing your WEI can guide you in choosing software that your computer can handle. Since many software publishers rate their programs on the same WEI scale starting from 1.0 and go up, it is easy to choose programs that will run efficiently on your computer. For example, if your computer has a 4.2 rating for Gaming Graphics , your computer will run a game with a 4.2 or less in graphics.
Where can I find my WEI?
To locate your Windows Experience Index, click Start , type in the search bar system , and click System in the search list. The number in the highlighted box is your WEI. This number is based on the lowest rating of five categories which include: Processor, Memory (RAM), Graphics, Gaming Graphics, and Primary Hard Disk. To view the ratings for the individual categories, click Windows Experience Index .
NOTE:The WEI is the lowest rating of the five categories; not the average of the five ratings.
What does a low rating mean?
There are five ratings in the Performance Information and Tools window. A low rating will not prevent you from running a program; however, you can use your WEI as a guide to achieve maximum performance on your computer. To learn more, click What do these numbers mean? .
Is the WEI accurate?
The WEI rating is more of a reference point than a permanent number. For example, some new computers initially have a low WEI score because the computers have not had the chance to run a diagnosis. Once you run Windows Update and click Update My Score in the Performance Information and Tools window, the WEI should better reflect the computer’s performance.
How can I improve my WEI?
You can improve the Windows Experience Index by doing the following:
- Run Windows Update on a scheduled basis to ensure that you have the latest updates in drivers and software.
- Upgrade your hardware to make your computer perform better, such as increasing hard disk space, or by adding more RAM or virtual RAM by using Vista ReadyBoost.To learn more about using the Vista ReadyBoost, see HP Notebooks PCs - Using Windows Vista ReadyBoost .
- Click Learn how you can improve your computer’s performance and perform the suggested tasks.
Where can I find software that is rated for my WEI?
To see a list of software that fits your WEI, click View software for my base score online in the Performance Information and Tools window.