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How can I tell if a game will run on this computer?

Check its Windows Experience Index score

The Windows Experience Index is a measure of how capable your computer is. To calculate it, Windows analyzes the hardware and software on your PC and then assigns it a score. The higher the number, the more likely your PC can handle games and other demanding programs.

When you buy a game, make sure the minimum score recommended by the publisher (typically printed on the box) is less than, or equal to, the Windows Experience Index for your computer. That's one way to ensure it will run smoothly.


Check its hardware requirements

Even if your computer's Windows Experience Index score is good enough for a particular title, it's possible that an individual piece of hardware-a video card, for example-on your PC isn't.

That's why it's also critical to study the minimum system requirements listed on the game packaging and confirm your computer meets or exceeds them. Few programs put a heavier demand on your computer than games. If your computer's specs fall short, a game might run sluggishly-or not at all.

The components game publishers are typically most concerned with are:

  • Central processing unit (CPU): Make sure both the CPU speed and model meet the game requirements.

  • Random access memory (RAM): Many games now require at least one gigabyte of RAM.

  • Video card: Your video card must have a certain amount of memory and have a compatible chipset (publishers usually list the make and model of compatible cards). Cards must also typically support DirectX 9 or later.

  • Hard disk: Most games require a certain amount of free space.

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I have a 20 inch lg lcd monitor..I am using a pentium 4 processor with 101 intel motherboard..I installed windows 7 ultimate but I cant find a display driver from lg for this. I cant experience AERO effects in windows 7.. Please help.


Hi there,

In order to experience Windows Aero effects you generally need to have a minimum windows experience base score of at least 3.0. To determine your score go to your start menu - control panel - system and maintenance - performance information and tools.

In this screen you will see your score for a number of different components of your computer. One of these is graphics, which is the score for running windows aero. This score generally needs to be at least a 3.0 to get all the functionality of Aero running smoothly on your computer. The only thing you can try to do is update your graphics drivers to see if this can increase your rating. This can sometimes be done through windows update. The LG driver unfortunately will not be able to help you in this regard as it is only a driver for the display, not the graphics capabilities of your computer.

The only option would be to look into getting a new video card. With a new one you should be able to experience Aero effects again.

Sep 08, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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please i want to enable aero in windows 7 my direct x is 11 and 64mb graphics


Hi waquashashmi,

A way to know if your Windows 7 system supports Aero or not is to look at Windows Experience Index score. The score (both base score and subscore for graphics component) should be equal or higher than 3.0 for Aero to work. To view your Windows Experience Index, go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> System, then click on "Windows Experience Index".

To display Aero effects such as transparency in Windows 7, follow these steps:
  1. Make sure that Windows Experience Index has been calculated and computed.
  2. Click on Start menu.
  3. Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero
  4. Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following: Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects
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    Trick: If you don't see "Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects" in the search results, click on Control Panel to see all Aero related items in Control Panel.
  5. An "Aero - Troubleshoot computer problems" wizard dialog will appear. Click on Next button. arun_zac_17.jpg
  6. The troubleshooting wizard will try to detect any problem by running a series of checks against various components required to make Aero works and running, such as video memory, Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) service, color depth, theme, power settings and etc. At the end of the analysis, the wizard will attempt to fix the issues related to Aero service and restart the Aero feature. arun_zac_18.jpg

If this information was helpful, please rate it.

Thank you for using Fixya,

Arun Zac

Dec 07, 2010 | Vga GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB DVIout AGP Card...

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I have new assemble core i3 PC.i have installed windows 7 professional 64 bit.my system does not show system rating.


Here's how to find your computer's WEI scores:
  1. Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.
  2. View the Windows Experience Index base score and subscores for your computer. If you have recently upgraded your hardware and want to find out if your score has changed, click Update my score. If you don't see subscores and a base score, click Score this computer.

Sep 08, 2010 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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Pls just want to knw how high the Windows Experience Index of the Gaming graphics is.


Hi..

Follow the steps to know the windows Experience of your system

1.Click Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.

2.View the Windows Experience Index base score and subscores for your computer. If you have recently upgraded your hardware and want to find out if your score has changed, click Update my score. If you don't see subscores and a base score, click rate this computer.

You can find the score for your gaming graphics there..

Jun 23, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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