Microsoft Windows Vista (Credit: website)As part of our continuing coverage on “Inside Vista,” TigerDirect wants you to understand how you will be able to measure your system speed and performance in Vista. As the demands of Vista are much more than previous versions of Windows, you will find the more muscle your system has, the more you will enjoy the Vista experience.

Microsoft Windows Vista’s Performance Information and Tools lists your computer’s Windows Experience Index base score, which indicates the performance and overall capability of your computer’s hardware.

Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button getopencontent.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.

Why do I need to know my base score?

The base score can help you buy programs that match your computer’s performance level. The base score only pertains to the performance aspects of the computer that affect how well features in Windows and other programs will run on this computer, and does not reflect the overall quality of your computer. For more information, see What is the Windows Experience Index?


Individual hardware components, such as your computer’s CPU and RAM, are tested and receive a 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 various subscores.

If you install new hardware and want to see if your score has changed, click Update my score. To view additional details about your computer’s hardware, click View and print details.

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