It’s a well-known fact that Microsoft has dropped the GUI version Windows Experience Index (WEI) from its latest Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows Experience Index, a feature first introduced with Windows Vista, evaluates and then rates your PC’s hardware.
As some of you may know, even though the GUI version of WEI isn’t present in Windows 8.1, it’s possible to view Windows Experience Index scores by following our how to view Windows Experience Index scores in Windows 8.1 guide,. Users who are missing the GUI version of WEI in Windows 8.1 might want to get the same feature with the help of third-party tools.
In no particular order, below are the three tools that you can use to view Windows Experience Index scores in Windows 8.1.
Metro Experience Index: The first tool released to view Windows Experience Index scores in Windows 8.1. Even though the tool was released about a month after the release of Windows 8.1 Preview and hasn’t been updated since, it works perfectly fine on Windows 8.1 RTM as well. The Metro colours are the highlight of Metro Experience Index.
Metro Experience Index is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8.1 systems. Note that this isn’t a portable software and you need to install it.
ChrisPC Win Experience Index: ChrisPC Win Experience Index was released about a week ago and IntoWindows was the first website to review this tool. It sports an interface identical to the original Windows Experience Index and displays WEI scores for CPU, RAM, graphics, and hard disk.
An option is available to re-run the assessment, a handy feature that you can use after upgrading your hardware or device drivers to update WEI scores.
Winaero WEI Tool: As the name suggests, this tool is from the house of popular free software developer Winaero. In addition to the WEI ratings for processor, memory, graphics, desktop graphics and primary hard drive, it shows the base score for your system as well, just like the original Windows Experience Index.
Besides, it allows you quickly take a screenshot of the WEI and save it as PNG file, take screenshot and upload it to ImgUr with one click, and also save the WEI table as an HTML file.
Another interesting thing is that the background colour WEI base score box uses the same colour of the window frame colour. Just like ChrisPC Win Experience Index software, this one is also portable, meaning that this software doesn’t require an installation.