Starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a kind of bench-marking system in its Operating System. In Windows Vista and 7 users can rate their PC using the Windows Experience Index. The Highest possible score in Windows Vista is 5 while Windows 7 machines can go up to 7.9 in the experience index.
In the Windows Experience index the base score is based on the lowest score of any component. Such as in the test PC it was 4.4 based because of the Graphics subscore.
However it is not so tough to manipulate these numbers and change these scores according to your will. You can change these just to fool anyone.
To make things simplified we would recommend you to run Windows Experience Index first (If you have not done so) if you have done that you can skip this section.
To do those open Control panels go to System and security and then click on Check the Windows Experience Index
After that click on Rate This computer
Note that your Computer may take several minutes in rating the system
You will see a screen similar to this.
MESSING UP WITH SCORES
To manipulate these scores head to Windows installation drive (C: in our case). Then go to
Windows > Performance > WinSAT > DataStore
You will able to see several indexing files there.
You will need to open the file ending with “Formal.Assessment (Initial).WinSAT”
Open the file in notepad. You will see the following window:
In the notepad window you don’t need to do too down to hunt anything, simply change the values according to your will in the upper area. The values are written between tags. Such as
Change the values between tags and save the files. Next time you will open the Windows< Experience Index the values will be changed.
OFF THE ROAD TIP: For more fun we suggest everyone to keep their Scores realistic ( Not 7.9 Exactly )
To revert the changes you can re-run the assessment.