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Tag: Windows Experience Index

Why does my hard drive drag down my Windows Experience Index score?

Q: When buying a new Hewlett Packard computer online, I customized it for the most power. But my Windows Experience Index shows only 5.9, with my weak link being my hard disk transfer speed. I’m really disappointed. How much stock should I put into Windows rankings? Can I do better by replacing my current hard […]

Why does the Windows Experience Index differ in Windows Vista and Windows 7?

Q: Under Vista Ultimate, my computer earned a Windows Experience Index of 5.9. (I expected that because I own a Dell Precision M6400 mobile workstation that’s maxed out in performance. When I did an upgrade install of Windows 7 RC (Build 7100), I was disappointed to see the Performance Experience Index remain at 5.9. I […]