Use PowerShell to get the Windows Experience Index in Windows 10
Windows 7 has the Windows Experience Index which is used often by hardware techs to get a good idea about the kind of hardware installed in a PC. It also allows you to quickly find where improvements can be made to get the machine to run faster. The following screenshot is an example of the Windows 7 Windows Experience Index:
You can get an idea about how fast the components of your Windows 10 computer are by running the Windows System Assessment Tool, but the readout is a little hard to understand.
First open an elevated command prompt and run the command:
Below is a screenshot of the command running and it’s output. Running this tool will slow down your PC for a few minutes as it runs the tests:
The Windows Experience Index WMI modules are still available in Windows 10, however, the scores are not readily apparent in the Windows 10 system settings.
To get your Windows 10 Windows Experience Index subscores with PowerShell, first open up the Windows PowerShell ISE. Next, go to the following link: https://pastebin.com/i5M81xsV, -credit goes to reddit user:
Copy the code into the Windows 10 PowerShell ISE and then run the script, and you can still get the Windows Experience Index:
Perf_WinExp_D3D : 9.9
Perf_WinExp_DSK : 7.55
Perf_WinExp_CPU : 9.1
Perf_WinExp_AVG : 8.91
Perf_WinExp_RAM : 9.1
Perf_WinExp_VID : 8.9
Perf_WinExp_All : 7.55
Here are the scores from my friend’s laptop (thanks Stan):
Perf_WinExp_D3D : 9.9
Perf_WinExp_DSK : 8.15
Perf_WinExp_CPU : 8.2
Perf_WinExp_AVG : 8.09
Perf_WinExp_RAM : 8.2
Perf_WinExp_VID : 6
Perf_WinExp_All : 6
So you can see that in my results, my WEI score would be 7.5 – where the lowest subscore determines my overall result. Looking at the scores, I can improve my score and upgrade my computer by increasing the DSK (disk) performance. To do this I would probably have to upgrade my motherboard to one that supports an NVME hard drive.
My friend’s laptop’s lowest score is VID (video) which means his laptop GPU is keeping the score low. There are a few options for upgrading a laptop GPU, such as an external GPU, but this isn’t surprising as most laptops GPUs can’t compete with a full-sized computer and GPU.
Some new Windows Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10
With the release of Windows 10 Creators Edition version 1709, comes more bells, whistles, tricks, and shortcuts for us to dig into and explore. In this article, we’ll look mostly at the Windows Key shortcuts available and how the shortcuts and key combos can help us in our daily workflow.
- In the event you’re not already aware, the Windows Key on your keyboard (usually between the Ctrl and the Alt keys in the lower left area of most keyboards) has a lots of capabilities when held down while pressing other keys on the keyboard. Pressing this key on it’s own launches the Start Menu:
- Windows Key + A – Brings up the Windows Notifications SideBar. Here we can find existing notifications, switch to tablet mode, get into the windows settings panel, join a WiFi network, and change our location settings.
- Windows Key + B – Select / Activate the Systray / Show Hidden Icons Expansion menu. This can come in handy as a few applications run as services and can only be accessed by right-clicking on the icon in the Systray; if your mouse stops working, this is a good shortcut to know.
- Windows Key + C – Opens Cortana in Listening Mode. “Hey Cortana!” This is disabled by default and can be activated in the Cortana Settings. (Enable in Cortana > Menu > Notebook
- Windows Key + D – Show the desktop
- Windows Key + E – Open File Explorer
- Windows Key + F – Open the Feedback Hub and Take a screenshot (this didn’t work for me)
- Windows Key + G – Open the X-Box Game Bar
- Windows Key + H – Open the Dictation control bar
- Windows Key + I – Opens the Windows 10 Settings
- Windows Key + J – Sets focus to Windows Tips when one is available (Turn off tips in Settings > Notifications & Actions)
- Windows Key + K – Open the Connect Quick action (connect to a wireless projector)
- Windows Key + L – Lock your PC or Switch Accounts
- Windows Key + M – Minimize all windows
- Windows Key + O – Lock the device orientation (helpful for tablets)
- Windows Key + P – Choose a presentation display mode (Sidebar Projectors tool)
- Windows Key + Q – Quick file search
- Windows Key + R – Open Run dialog box
- Windows Key + S – Open Windows Search (same as Windows Key + Q)
- Windows Key + T – Cycle through apps pinned to the taskbar (cycle in reverse is Windows Key + Shift + T)
- Windows Key + U – Open Ease of Access Center
- Windows Key + V – Cycle through windows notifications
- Windows Key + W – Opens the Windows Ink Workspace
- Windows Key + X – Opens the Quick Links Menu (right-click on the start menu)
- Windows Key + Y – Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and desktop (Your PC may not meet the minimum specs for Windows Mixed Reality)
- Windows Key + Z – Shows menus or commands available when an app is in full-screen mode.
- Windows Logo Key + period (.) or semicolon (;) – Opens the Windows 10 Emoji control panel 👍
- Windows Key + Comma (,) – temporarily peek at the desktop
- Windows Key + Pause/Break – Opens the System Properties
- Windows Key + Ctrl + F – Search for Active Directory computers on a network
- Windows Key + Number/Shift/Ctrl/Alt – Manage TaskView Virtual Desktops
I’m sure there are more so let me know in the comments if I missed any and let us know which are your favorites (mine is Windows Key + Pause/Break)