Okay, this is just a fun trick. You can hack and increase the Windows experience index score. That would be fun (some kind of cheat) to show your friends and colleagues that your PC is more powerful than them. Obviously manually editing these numbers will NOT improve your desktop or laptop performance in any way. This small guide shows how to change Windows experience score in Windows 8, Can I really change it? Yes, you can.
Normally five factors (Processor, RAM, Graphics for desktop, Gaming graphics and Primary Hard disk) are measured for index scoring and the final base score would be the lowest score your PC gets in any of above five areas. Obviously if your PC gets higher score, that will perform well with Windows 8. Whenever you change any of earlier mentioned five hardware components, you can re-run the index assessment and verify that really new hardware impacts the PC performance. You can find more about Windows experience index score from Microsoft site here.
Upcoming Windows 8.1 doesn’t have experience index score, Microsoft has dropped this feature.
Change Windows 8 Experience Index Score
This is the current score of my physical Windows 8 computer.
Basically these above data pulled from a XML file, manually editing the file will allow us to modify each result.
Here is the location of XML.
Correct file name is called ‘Formal.Assessment.WinSAT’ with the date when assessment happed. You could see several files in same name but the latest one (Recent) is the correct file we need to modify.
Open the file in Wordpad. Before editing and saving it, make sure you have administrator rights.
Search for ‘WinSPR’, and modify the values after it (but before </WinSR> ) as you like.
You can’t save the file in the same location, if you try, you will get the following error message.
Therefore, save the file in desktop or somewhere else. Make sure to keep the same file name and extension (it is a xml file). Then from there, move the file to original location WinSAT-> DataStore.
Select Replace the file and give admin authorization to replace existing file. If you have correct rights, the file will be replaced successfully.
Now go to the same place in control panel, I’m sure you would be surprised to see the magical number you have inserted in xml file. Just to maintain the reality, I have changed my main index score to 9.6, though I did not bother to change other scores.
This could be a real fun and ideal trick on how to change Windows experience index score in Windows 8 to show that your PC is more powerful than anyone around you.