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Hacking the Windows Experience Index




If you’ve ever checked your Windows Experience Index, you might wonder whether you can increase these numbers without buying a new PC. Today we’re going to show you how to hack the WEI to show whatever numbers you want.

Why You Might Want To Do This

So you might be wondering why in the world would you want to do this, firstly the Windows Experience Index has an API that programs can use to enable functionality. This means that if your score is too low, some parts of a program may have dumbed down functionality or even be completely disabled. You could use this hack to trick your system into allowing you to use features. Additionally if you are really geeky, like we are, you can use it to cheat in a benchmark test against your friends.

Hacking The XML File

The first method, and the most fun, requires some knowledge of XML files, however if you follow this tutorial you will be fine. So lets get started.

You are going to have to navigate to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore



Now you are going to need to open a file that ends with Formal.Assessment (Initial).WinSAT) if there is more than one file that ends with that name look at the date and the begining of the file and choose the most current one. Right click on the file and select edit, this will open it in notepad.




Click on the edit menu and then select find. When the find dialog box opens type , and click find next.




Notepad will then highlight where the code that we need to edit starts. You can edit any values of the WEI, to see what tags edit what values see the blockquote below the image. All the tags that you will be looking for follow the WinSPR tag.




To Change One Of The Values Look For The Following:


tags change the overall rating

tags change the Memory (RAM) rating

tags chang the Processor rating

tags change the Graphics rating

tags change the Gaming Graphics rating

Primary Hard Disk rating


For example if i wanted to change the value of my system score to 7.9 i would change the value between and to 7.9 as seen below.




Save the file on your desktop and dont rename it. Now cut the file from your desktop and paste it in C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore. You will be asked to provide Administrative credentials if you are not a Local Administrator, if you are then you will just need to click continue to provide access.




After you have pasted the file in the DataSore folder, go the the Windows Experience Index to see the changes.