Ah ha -
apparently, you can "fool" your WEI, as it were. WIE = Windows Experience Index.
Create a current score by clicking on "update my score" when viewing the Windows Experience Index window, then close the window.
Then open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\DataStore
Notice an "XML" file, that was just created when you ran your score?
Open that XML file in Wordpad.
You will notice a series of lines in the <WinSPR> section, about 16 lines down. These show your current score. You can manually edit them, and save the file with the same name.
For example, one of the lines on mine is:
So to fake an increase in this score, I could change it to:
(Vista's UAC may interfere with this when you try to save this file, so you should temporarily disable it if you choose to try this.)
Don't forget, if you are changing your lowest score, say your GraphicsScore , you should also change your SystemScore, (which is the same as your lowest score), as well, since that is the base score that some programs may check.
Now go back and look at your wiz-bang new score. It will stay this way until you run the performance test again, at which time a new XML file will be created with the proper scores.
It appears that an attempt to install software that requires a higher score will now be fooled into thinking you have a more powerful system than you actually have.
Worth a try, especially if your system is, say, 2.9 and you needed it to be 3.0 to run a program. That little difference may be tolerable to you, but would be a major block to loading the program.
Good luck, and stay safe out there.
Edited by JohnWho, 14 July 2007 - 06:01 PM.