How to Change/Fake Windows Experience Index on Windows 7


Senior Member
1. Open up Windows Explorer & Browse to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore.

2.Click on the most recently created XML file there(its something like this....2009-07-05 Formal.Assessment (Recent).WinSAT) & take ownership of the file

3.Open Wordpad from Start>All Program> Accessories> Wordpad.

4.Click on File>Open & Browse to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore. Select All files as the type of files Using the drop down menu & select the XML file & Click OK.

5. Under the section, Make changes to the scores given. These are the changes I made to strike the totally extraordinary scores.

6. Save the file & Restart the performance information & tools in the control panel.



New Member
knew this trick from another tech question..

will increasing the index score, enable the blocked features??

heard this from the tech forum, that some features are enabled according to the index score.. can sum1 clarify?


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It is also on this site, posted by myself

A Search sometimes can help, before posting. It avoids repetition.

It is a purely cosmetic alteration and does nothing for the performance.

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