How To Hike your Vista Experience Rating

The Windows Experience Rating is sort of like a system performance gauging system that you only find in Vista. While many complain that it’s flawed and unfair at times, there’s a way to fool Vista. Basically, we change the performance figures in the XML that holds the scores for each of the subsystems. To see what your system rating is originally, click on Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Performance Information and Tools or if you use the Classic Control Panel, double click on Performance Information and Tools.

1. Open up Windows Explorer and browse to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore.

2. Right-click on the most recently created XML file there and click on Properties.

3. Click on the Security tab and then on the Edit button.

4. Click on Add and enter the username that you log in using. Click OK.

5. Select the entered ID and check the checkbox for Full Control. Click OK.

6. Click on Yes for any confirmation windows that may pop up. Finally, click OK.

7. Open Wordpad from Start > All Programs > Accessories > Wordpad.

8. Click on File > Open and browse to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore. Select All files as the type of file using the drop down menu and select the XML file. Click OK

9. Under the <WinSPR> section, make changes to the scores given. These are the changes we made to strike the totally extraordinary score.


10. Save the file and restart Performance Information and Tools in the Control Panel.

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September 11, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra


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