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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!


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

    Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB 4.9

    Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600  4.7

    Gaming graphics 1535 MB Total available graphics memory 4.7

    Primary hard disk 143GB Free (220GB Total) 5.3

    4.7 base score beat that :P

  • Here's my laptop WEI Score

    ACER Aspire 5920G

    Base Score : 4.7

    Processor (T7500) :5.1

    Memory (2GB) :4.8

    Graphics (NVidia 8600GS) :4.7

    Gamming (NVidia 8600GS) :5.1

    Hd (WD 160 BEVS) :4.9

  • 4.7 on the Dell 1520!

    4.9 proccessor

    4.8 memory

    4.7 Graphics

    5.1 Gaming graphics

  • Dell Precision M4300 workstation with Quadro FX 360m fully loaded

    5.4 CPU

    5.1 RAM

    4.0 Graphics

    4.8 Gaming

    5.3 HDD

    The graphics card is weak, being just a 8400M GS G86 chip that is only 64-bit. One would think a 15.4" Precision notebook to have a decent graphics card, but I guess not. Very disappointed in the GPU!!

  • Acer Aspire 5920G (T7500- 8600GT 512Mb)



    Aero-4.6--------------------------> Basic Score 4.6



  • Hi my base score is 4.8 . I have a rock extreme 770 laptop.

    Rock 770 Processor ( T7500 - 8700M GT 512 )

    CPU -       5.1

    DDR -       4.8

    AERO -     5.9

    Gaming -  5.7

    HDD      -  5.2

    My ram is letting me down like everyone elses !

  • MacBook Pro 17" (2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM) running Vista Home Premium under Apple BootCamp

    Processor: 5.3

    Memory: 4.8

    Graphics: 5.9

    Gaming Graphics: 5.5

    Primary Hard Disk: 5.2

  • base score=4.9

    cpu 5.0

    memory 4.9

    graphic 5.9

    gaming graphic 5.5

    harddisk 5.1

    top that

  • I'm using a Dell XPS M1530.

    Processor: 5.3

    memory: 4.8

    graphics: 5.9

    gaming graphics: 5.4

    Primary HD: 5.2

    Base Score: 4.8

    Are these numbers acceptable?

  • ---Acer Aspire 5920G---

    --Processor T7100 (1.8GHZ Core2 Duo)

    --Ram 2GB

    --Graphics Card-- Nvidia 8600M GT 256 DDR2

    --HD 160GB

    1024 Video Memory... And for the scores!!!!

    PROCESSOR                 - 4.8

    RAM                              - 5.8

    AERO GRAPHICS           - 4.6

    GAMING GRAPHICS       - 5.4

    HARD-DISK                   - 4.9

    I hate the slow processor and... why aero graphics so low?

    Thanks for reading (and hopefully replying :D)

  • Keep them coming guys!

    The processor isn't slow!  There are just faster, and hence, more expensive ones on the market!  Yours is fine!  As for the graphics - same applies!  My Aero graphics is only 3.6 for my Vaio!

  • Compaq presario v3500

    Vista 32bit . Intel duo core T7100. 4Gb Ram

    Intel graphic media x3100







    These score is after my latest WU from  microsoft in Feb 2008 . My previous graphics was 5.9 and my gamming was 3.6 and my memory has been increase from 4.8 to 5.1. Thanks

  • FUJITSU-SIEMENS Amilo Xi2550

    Vista 32-bit Ultimate, T9300 @ 2.50GHz 5.4

    Overall WEI: 5.1

    Memory: 5.1

    Graphics: 5.9

    Gaming graphics:5.4

    Hard disk: 5.4

  • Dell XPS M1530 w/ Nvidia 8600M GT

    Vista 32-bit Home Premium, T7250 @ 2.00GHZ

    Processor: 4.9 <------base score

    Memory(2GB): 4.8

    Aero (graphics): 5.9

    Gaming graphics: 5.5

    Hard disk: 5.2


  • XPS M1535

    Processor 5.3

    Ram 4.9

    graphics 5.9

    gam graphics 5.5

    HDD 4.9

    base score 4.9

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