How to find the Windows Experience Index in Windows 8.1

 The information in this article applies to:

  • Windows 8.1


Starting with Windows 8.1, Microsoft decided to remove the graphical interface to the Windows Experience Index. The underlying benchmark utility, known as the Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT), is still there in Windows 8.1, however. To find your scores, you just need to type a couple of commands from the command line.

Step 1: Open a command prompt as administrator, then type "winsat prepop" and press Enter. This will run the benchmark and store the results on your PC as XML files.


winsat prepop


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Step 2: Open the Windows Powershell as administrator, then type "Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_WinSAT" and press Enter. This will analyze the results in the XML files, then present them as scores for each category.

Get WinSAT
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CPUScore is the score for the processors on the PC.
D3DScore is the score for the 3D graphics capabilities of the PC.
DiskScore is the score for the sequential read throughput on the system hard disk.
GraphicsScore is the score for the graphics capabilities of the PC.
MemoryScore is the score for the memory throughput and capacity of the PC.

That's it. If you're looking for your base score, look at the number next to WinSPRLevel, which is just the lowest score of the five categories.

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