My apologies Itinerantscholar I hadn't noticed that you referred to a Dell
laptop. like most others that have replied to your post I too am not
familiar with the Dell line of PCs. If the graphics card cannot be replaced
(and you would need to ask Dell about that) you are, unfortunately, stuck
with your current WEI score.
If the graphics card is rendering graphics at a suitable speed for you then
I wouldn't be too concerned about the WEI. It seems to me that Microsoft
have introduced another 'Ã©lites' spanner into the works. Instead of the
usual banter of 'oh I have a quad ore machine with 8 GB memory and a
terabyte hard drive.' Now it's a case of people expostulating 'my WEI is
higher than yours, I bet you wish you had as much money as I have to spend
on a PC.' As old Ebenezer Scrooge would say 'Humbug!' If the machine
performs well for you the what does it matter if WEI says you have a low
score? It's all to do with what you want the PC for and if it does what you
want then to hell with WEI.
To be honest my latest machine (which is not quite 6 months old now) has a
lower WEI than my previous machine which was 5 years old. It doesn't bother
me I am the one I need to please not the PC manufacturer.
John Barnett MVP
Windows Desktop Experience
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"Itinerantscholar" <Itinerantscholar@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> I am writing about a Dell Inspiron 1501.
> Mobile AMD Sempron Processor 3500+ 1.80 GHz
> 1918 MB RAM
> 32-bit Operating System
> The Windows Experience Index was 2.0, held down because of "memory
> operations per second." So I just added two 1 GB memory modules. Now the
> score for Memory is 4.6 (yay!). But the score for "Graphics" is still
> I went to "adjust visual effects" and clicked "adjust for best
> And so my screen looks different now--I gather this is "Classic Windows,"
> opposed to "Aero." But the score is still the same: 2.4! What do I have
> do to make it go higher?