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Windows 7 Experience Index

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-07-30 04:19:29

Windows 7

I've surmised that Windows is like the Star Trek movies: it's best to skip every other one. People hated Vista almost as badly as Millennium Edition, which was slightly more cherished than the Bubonic Plague. I finally got a fairly kick ass Windows 7 rig, and I love the "experience" for the most part. But man, it's got some quirks.

So this "Windows 7 Experience Index" rates my processor as 7.3, memory 7.5, graphics 7.3, and the hard disk 5.9 (which is apparently about as good as it gets without a solid state drive). Those numbers struck me as awfully pedestrian for fairly contemporary hardware, until I saw the enigmatic "1.0 to 7.9" scale.

Microsoft's explanation shed a lot of light on their logical processes:

The base scores currently range from 1 to 5.9. The Windows Experience Index is designed to accommodate advances in computer technology. As hardware speed and performance improves, higher base scores will be introduced. However, the standards for each level of the index stay the same. For example, a computer scored as a 2.8 will remain a 2.8 unless you decide to upgrade the computer's hardware.

A computer with a base score of 4 or 5 is able to run all new features of Windows Vista with full functionality, and it is able to support high-end, graphics-intensive experiences, such as multiplayer and 3‑D gaming and recording and playback of HDTV content. Computers with a base score of 5 were the highest performing computers available when Windows Vista was released.

This feature is updated for Windows 7 and rates the performance of key hardware components such as the CPU, disk drive, and graphics card. The PC is then given a score between 1.0 and 7.9.

Windows 7 uses less hardware resources hence its experience index value is high compared to Windows Vista.

That is some fucked up thinking.

Also, I ran into a fairly serious bug involving profiles. I changed the name of the primary profile, and the OS got confused and deleted all the files I had on the desktop. My other current Windows 7 shenanigan is that I have two "My Documents" folders under said profile. Anyone out there got a handle on these issues before I inadvertently mulch more files? In making Windows 7 "smarter", Microsoft has completely outfoxed the Pavlovian training inflicted upon me by a decade of Windows XP.

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