In Pictures: The hidden fangs of Windows 8.1 - and how to avoid them

Before you install Windows 8.1, make sure you understand the gotchas and how not to get bit

Bring back the Windows Experience Index Solution: I’ve found at least one program that claims to calculate and show the WEI in Windows 8.1, but I couldn’t get it to work. So, until somebody sticks a graphical front end onto the numbers, you’ll have to run it manually. That’s easy.

First, refresh the numbers by bringing up the command prompt (right-click the Start button, choose Command Prompt (Admin)), and typing

winsat formal

When the command finishes, use File Explorer to navigate to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore. Right-click on the Formal.Assessment file (at the bottom of the list) and choose Open With, Internet Explorer. You see the text assessments shown in this slide. The numbers map directly onto the scores reported in Windows 8.

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