On the TechEd show floor, we got some interesting scoop from Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com. He told me that the Channel9 crew just released a tool called WEI Share that allows you to share the performance score of Windows 7—or the Windows Experience Index (WEI). Here’s a quick run-down of how it works and what you can do with it.
Sharing your Windows 7 performance score
In Windows Vista and 7, Microsoft integrated the WEI, a performance measurement tool that looks at the performance of your PC in five key areas: processor, memory, graphics, gaming graphics and primary hard disk. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could compare your WEI score to other PCs? Do similar computers have similar scores, or does your PC have any bottlenecks?
To share your WEI, go to http://www.weishare.net/, and click on “Install WEI Share”.
Run the installer, and click on “Yes” to re-run the WEI assessment for your PC. This may take a moment, as your entire PC is being evaluated. At the end, WEI Share asks if you’d like to post the score to the Website. Answer “Yes”, and then you’ll be able to compare your score with other PCs’ scores.
If you’re about to buy a new computer, you could also use WEI Share to see if and how a new computer compares to your current one. Go to http://weishare.cloudapp.net/, and enter the name of the PC you’re interested in.
What a fantastic tool! It’s simple, yet pretty effective. Just wait until the database fills up with thousands and thousands of data on PCs!
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