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    Where to find ‘Windows Rating’ in Windows 8.1?

    Well one big disappointment of Windows 8.1 is the unavailability of ‘Performance Information and Tools’ in ‘System Properties’. It’s quite a handy tool to determine the overall speed of your system. It also can help you to choose whether it’s time to upgrade your PC or not depending on the weakest hardware according to your system rating. But as always Microsoft loves to mess with their ‘Good Features’ and this option is no different. After the integration in Windows Vista, it survived until Windows 8.1 era. Now it’s gone and we having nothing in our hand to look forward. Is it?

    The answer is no. Windows 8.1 still has the performance rating tool beneath its desk. But to find your scores, you just need to type a couple of commands from the command line. The performance rating is done by Windows System Assessment Tool or WinSAT, we have to find it from Command Prompt and you know what’s next. Let’s start the journey-

    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 how to use

    2. Open the Windows Powershell as administrator from the top right search menu, then type "Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_WinSAT" and press Enter. This will analyse the results in the XML files, then present them as scores for each category.
    Windows 8.1 Performance Information and Tools location

    What does it mean?
    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 (RAM) throughput and capacity of the PC.
    WinSPRLevel is the Base Score of your system, which is determined by the lowest score of the five categories.

    I hope it will help you to find the condition of your PC under the Windows 8.1 care. One important point is no matter you are using 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows the PowerShell code is same, I mean ‘Class Win32’ is never going to change.

    I also have another utility to help you if you are not ready to type something in Command Prompt. There is a free tool called ‘ChrisPC Win Experience Index’ on the internet which can help you to get back the Windows interface that you are already familiar from Windows 7 and Windows 8. This software runs on any Windows version on 32 or 64 bits, but aims to be used mainly for Windows 8.1. You can download ChrisPC Win Experience Index from its official website.

    How to use ChrisPC Win Experience Index

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