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vistaWindows Vista and Windows 7 have got, among their options and features, a special command which is able to check your computer performance and display the results on the screen. These detailed information are used by the system to show the famous  Windows Experience Index which gives your computer a rate on the base of different values. Let’s see  how we can see what’s behind this rate and what computer characteristics the system checks to show it.

Windows Experience Index is nothing else than a couple of values (which can also be manipulated thanks to a lot of hacks available in the Internet) which, to a professional eye, give little or no useful information. If you want to get a detailed list of information coming from accurate benchmarks, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type cmd and press Enter.
  3. In the Command Prompt, type this command: winsat formal -v >> output.txt
  4. At this point Windows will start benchmarking your computer and after a few minutes it will return with a complete and detailed list of useful information regarding your machine.

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11 Comments to “Display computer performance details and Windows Experience Index information”

  1. Arafat Hossain Piyada Says:

    Nice tricky article however I don’t get the result..may be need some luck..cheers.

  2. William Says:

    Alright cheers, Web Talk.

  3. Web Talk Says:

    William, look at comment number 2. As far as I know your issue is related to the fact that you do not run the command as administrator. Other than that …I have no clue. Sorry!

  4. William Says:

    Found the output.txt but it is blank it does not show the results.

    Web Talk, have you any ideas how to show the results?

  5. Web Talk Says:

    I would not be worried about your CMD window which gets closed. Look for the output.txt in your computer.

  6. William Says:

    Scott, sorry misread your post “whoops”

  7. William Says:

    To be honest, i have just run it in command prompt & it works but after it has finished it closes the Window automaticaly so i do not get to see the results.

    Web Talk, have you any ideas on the command prompt window staying open after the task has been completed?

  8. William Says:

    Scott, click on Welcome Center in your Start Menu & when the Window opens in the top right hand corner there is a little green arrow pointing to (show more details) click on that link & it will take you to the View basic information about your Computer then scroll down the screen & you will see an highlighted link called Windows Experience Index click on that & it will take you to the Windows Experience Index page on your PC where you can Rate & Improve your Computers Performance.

    Hope this helps!



  9. Scott Says:

    I did. I had to do that. I was prompted to do just that (which I did in response to entering “winsat formal -v >> output.txt”)

    Scott´s last blog post..Mother’s Day HDTV Adventures

  10. Web Talk Says:

    Try to run it as Adminstrator. Cheers!

  11. Scott Says:

    I’ve tried this twice now and the end result is “output.txt” with nothing in it. The file is empty.

    Scott´s last blog post..Mother’s Day HDTV Adventures

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