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Windows Experience Index – in 8.1 – Where is it?

Strangely post on September 25th, 2013
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Introduction

Win8 Experience Index (also in Win7)

Win8 Experience Index (also in Win7)

Recently Microsoft announced  a bit of a climb down over its release of Windows 8.1 to MSDN developers (like me).  Their previous stand was for developers to get 8.1 at the same time as commercial release.

So I’ve had a look, installing it into a VirtualBox environment…

The focus of this article is on one difference, the Windows Experience Index, mine is shown in the screenshot in the top right.

Differences?

Win8 Control Panel

Win8 Control Panel

Well yes and no.  Apart from the much talked about “start” button (not) re-instatement, the control panel throws out some differences for sure (see screenshots)…

Win8.1 Control Panel

Win8.1 Control Panel

….. notably the Windows Experience Index (or Performance Indicator) (or Assessment), a Microsoft gauge of the “goodness” of your machine.

Well in Win 8.1, it’s gone!  See highlight…

Or Has It?

WinSat Usage

WinSat Usage -not all shown!

Actually, it’s still there under the command line…  All you need to do is add a switch (I chose ‘formal’ as it does the lot).

The actual file that does the work is called winsat.exe and it’s in the System32 folder.  Give it a ? switch from the command prompt and all it’s inner options and usages are revealed!  (see left)

So fire up your command line and run:

C:\Windows\system32\winsat.exe formal

…then watch the process stream past.

Results

There no nice GUI web report, of course.  The results are still there, tucked away (as they always were) as a set of XML files in the Windows directory.  Go to:

C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore

Win8.1 System Assessment Files (cmd process finished in background)

Win8.1 System Assessment Files (cmd process finished in background)

..to find them.  The screenshot right shows the files I’ve just created and you’ll see that the process has just finished in the Command Line window and that it took 2min 49.59 secs to run all the tests.

Examining Results

WinSat Win8.1 CPU Results

WinSat Win8.1 CPU Results

Running all assessments has produced 7 files.

The screenshot here on the left shows the end of the CPU one.

The time it took is plainly visible along with the plainly poor CPU assessment (well it is in a virtual environment after all!!)

Conclusion

Windows Performance Index is not dead and buried in the new Windows 8.1 – it’s only been buried.

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Vote for Crawling Chaos!

Introduction

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition

CPU-Z Mainboard

CPU-Z Mainboard

In the Russian Dolls virtual world of my PC (I’ve currently upgraded to a AMD Phenom II 4x core 955 Black Edition which now allows me to run at least six Operating Systems (OS) concurrently – at the last count!), I have a Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) inside two virtual versions of Windows XP connected to work with drives and printers mapped every which way and also via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

CPU-Z CPU

CPU-Z CPU

I’m running Windows 7 and the two virtualization programs are Windows Virtual PC (using XPMode) and the much better, Sun VirtualBox.  It’s hard to keep track of it, what’s real and what’s not, if you see what I mean…?

Q. So what?  I hear you ask…

Well I got a Google Alert today which flagged a mysterious call to vote.  It pointed here:

Vote Crawling Chaos for Congress in Jeollabuk-do! (click)

Intrigued, I followed, and you can too….

Vote Crawling Chaos for Jeollabuk-do and Imperial Sun party for eJapan!

Vote Crawling Chaos for Jeollabuk-do and Imperial Sun party for eJapan!

A. It’s a virtual world where people can virtually vote for virtual political parties in the constructed world called ERepublik (100% free and only minutes to sign up, it says).  All the papers have been talking about it and so far it appears that ~10k folks from each actual country are signed up.

Me? The real world is virtually enough.  It’s more like The Matrix by the minute!  So, welcome, to the real world!

– and vote for Crawling Chaos! ha ha.

Crawling Chaos Official Website

Crawling Chaos Official Website

Of course, my extra computing power now allows me to see the background animation for the Crawling Chaos website.  Wahay!  It’s a slow moving background colour change, which, bizarrely, is something I planned but never implemented as subtle room lighting when Crawling Chaos were in The Pits Studio.

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Try CPU-Z

Strangely post on October 10th, 2007
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BIOS

This is a CPU-Z dump from my PC of the CPU-Z app to be found here. Download it and then install it and run the exe file to find all the deep down details about your PC, like what date is your BIOS. Remember the dates are in US format.

I see that there are two BIOS’s for your machine; 1.20 & 1.30 and they are both dated 2003. There’s a good chance that you don’t need to do it, and to be fair, if the machine works okay then a little BIOS change won’t affect it much. However, the dates are quite close together so that usually means there was a “bit of bother” with the earlier one so they didn’t hang around fixing it!

Toshiba readme This Toshiba BIOS readme is the details of the update. It gives complete details on how to do it and there are four reasons for the update from the earlier version at the bottom. Of course, if you are already 1.3 dated 03-15-2003 then you are okay.

Display (Nvidia)

I’m assuming that your machine has nvidia in it or you wouldn’t ask! Apply the filter on your Toshiba page and you’ll see one overall nvidia driver here. Follow the link through and there are extra details that are probably what you need. Same goes for anything else on your machine like ide bus drivers, lan, sound etc.

New Compy

If you are getting something like we talked about, then you probably have EIDE drives in your old PC so the new one MUST have EIDE (or IDE) sockets to connect to the old drives. How big are your old drives? If they are 40-80Gb or smaller, it’s a false economy to stick them in the new one, even if they fit, except as an experiment. You can get HUGE drives now quite cheaply (£30-40). Another benefit of the big drives is that data access is a lot faster, especially over the new SATA interface. Also, drives are mechanical. That means the bearings and stuff WILL wear out eventually (you can’t change the laws of physics), so you’re looking at gradually deteriorating performance or even massive data loss.

Old Hard Drives: Experiment = Yes, Actual work machine = No

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