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Windows Experience Index - 4.2 - on a laptop!

Windows Experience Index - 4.2 - on a laptop!

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Can you beat this?  An index score of 4.2 on a laptop!!!  Do you to know which laptop I used to achieve this score?  Well, here you are...

Say hello to the Alienware Aurora m9700 - quoted as being the Ultimate Gaming Notebook, with 1gb of graphics, and it is the first SLI notebook, and to top it off, it has a 17" screen!  A beauty right?  Well, I firstly have to thank the guys from Alienware for providing me with this amazing piece of technology, yet I also have to thank James, my partner in crime and fellow VistaBoy, who managed to get his hands on these sexy pieces of kit!  Nice one James!

So, what does this all mean?  Why does Windows Vista give you this Experience Index?

Well, in a nutshell, the Windows Experience Index measures the capability of your computer's hardware and software configuration and expresses this measurement as a number called a base score. A higher base score generally means that your computer will perform better and faster than a computer with a lower base score, especially when performing more advanced and resource-intensive tasks.

Each hardware component receives an individual 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 combined subscores.

You can use the base score to confidently buy programs and other software that are matched to your computer's base score. For example, if your computer has a base score of 3.3, then you can confidently purchase any software designed for this version of Windows that requires a computer with a base score of 3 or lower.

Basically, the better your machine is graphically, the more memory it has, the faster the memory, the faster the hard disk, the greater the size of the hard disk, and the faster the processor speed, means the greater the base score!  Simple!

What's your score?  Bring on the challenge - desktop's need not apply!


  • 3.0 IBM X60

    4.6 CPU

    4.7 Memory

    3.1 Graphics , eep

    5.1 disk

    still far to 4.2

  • I have a 4.7 Windows Experience Index on my Dell XPS 1710 Laptop :-)

    Vista runs awesome on it!

  • Whoa! 4.7! What are the specs of that bad boy! What is your lowest subscore item? I need more power!!

  • 4.0 - Acer Ferrari 4000 Processor 4.0, RAM 4.1, GFX 4,4, Gaming GFX 4,3, HD 4,2

  • My macbook pro (2.16Ghz core duo / 2gb ram/ 120gb hdd/ X1600XT graphics) scores a 4.8. Pity the lastest vista build is so unstable! :(

  • 4.8!  Wow!  That is very impressive!  Running on a macbook too?  There will be a further RC2 release in a week or so, that may solve some of your stability problems - running this on my Alienware machine is a dream!

    Keep the scores coming people!


  • Vista isn't unstable on my humble Dell D820.  No probs whatsoever.  Vista is awesome in my book.  Been running all relases since the initial July 2005 issue and the and the RC's have been rock solid. Running all Macromedia, Adobe and Office 2007 products, even Nero 7 Enhanced.  So you might need to look to your system for the instability.

  • @TD,

    Thanks for this TD, I'm glad you are enjoying Vista - I too think it is excellent, and apart from the odd niggling driver issue here and there, my overall experience is now far in advance of XP.  The RC2, and the RTM I am currently running run like dreams, even with Office 2007 RTM, Macromedia, and other 3rd party software too.  Its great!

  • I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AR350E. (2.0 GHz Dual-core, 2GB DDR, 399MB vid -- geforce go 7600, 200GB harddrive -- 4200rpm)

    Base Score:  4.2

    Processor:    4.9

    Memory:        4.5

    Graphics        4.7

    Gaming Graphics: 4.8

    Primary Hard Disk:  4.

    I love this Vaio!  The built-in TV tuner is a lot of fun!

  • Thanks Cameron - that's an impressive machine, and much higher than my Vaio SZ3!

  • Alienware Area-51 M-5790

    Base Score:  4.7

    Processor:    5.2

    Memory:        4.7

    Graphics        5.9

    Gaming Graphics: 5.5

    Primary Hard Disk:  5.8

  • ASUS G1S A1 (Stock)

    Base Score: 4.8

    Processor: 5.1

    Memory: 4.8

    Graphics 5.9

    Gaming Graphics: 5.5

    Primary Hard Disk 4.8

  • Dell Inspiron 1720

    Core2Duo 2.0ghz

    geforce 8600M GT 256MB

    1024x2 DDR2 RAM


    Gaming graphics: 5.1

    Base score: 4.7 (the Vista graphics)

    the others: 4.9 - 5.1 (dont quite remember which was which not at my laptop now)

  • Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz 4.7

    Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB 4.5

    Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600  4.7

    Gaming graphics 1023 MB Total available graphics memory 4.7

    Primary hard disk 140GB Free (220GB Total) 4.4

    Rather good for a stock Toshiba don't you think?

  • Compaq presario v3500

    Vista 32bit . Intel duo core t7100. 4Gb Ram

    Intel graphic media x3100







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