Windows Expereince Index Removed In Windows 8.1 Preview


Windows Experience Index was introduced by Microsoft with the release of Windows Vista to have a common measure of PC’s performance. It was there in Windows 7 and later in Windows 8 too. It seems Microsoft has removed this feature with the release of Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft is yet to confirm the removal of this feature officially, but you can see it by yourself in Windows 8.1 preview.

The Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer’s hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks.

Each hardware component receives an individual subscore. Your computer’s base score is determined by the lowest subscore. For example, if the lowest subscore of an individual hardware component is 2.6, then the base score is 2.6. The base score is not an average of the combined subscores.

via: Mcakins online

  • Yehuda Lauer

    I hope they can replace it with something better, and not just get rid of it…

  • Jack

    lol why remove it are they trying to destroy the desktop side ???? -_-

  • Emily the Strange

    it was useless… so whatever. not even many games used those numbers, which weren’t very accurate at all.

    • NPGMBR

      Not even close to being useless. It helps fix some problems with your PC. Maybe you have not encountered any but I know with certainty that it is useful.

      • Emily the Strange

        and how random numbers can do that? the only useful thing I found about it was to know what motherboard fast and easy, after that it was just random numbers that weren’t that useful because not many games used it.

        and honestly there are better tools that can do a better job telling you more about your computer and testing them, and help you “fix” some of your problems with your pc. because honestly i still dont know how the numbers can do that, but Im ok with you saying they have helped you.

        • NPGMBR

          This is how: Every time I either re-installed Windows or installed a preview version like Windows 8, Windows would not recognize the fact that my video card was capable of come functions. As a result, the “Pan and Zoom” function in the screen saver would not work. If I ran the Windows Experience Index, it would recognize that my video card had the capability to perform that function and after the test was complete, I’d again be able to use the Pan and Zoom function in the screen saver. Thats how Windows Experience Index is useful to me.


    Well this certainly explains a lot for me. I was looking for that tool to recalibrate my PC so that my “Pan and Zoom” feature in the screen saver would work once again but since the feature is gone I can’t do that.

  • Bugbog

    Even if they remove the scoring, they should keep the specifications listing, as it verifies the system’s components.

  • Agosto Nuñez

    I didn’t have it with me old XP, and I wouldn’t really miss it, but I would like to see the option of having such functionality being there, maybe they’ve just moved it to the RunTime settings menu.

  • NegLewis

    If they will remove something then it will be the System Hardware (CPU Type) Listing.
    99% of the people will not buy an ARM (vs 99% have no problem buying an Intel Tablet).