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I am trying to compare the hardware performance on two machines. One of those machines is Windows 7 and for that I can get the Windows Experience Index. The other machine is XP. Is there a way to generate the Windows Experience Index on an XP machine?

If not, what software would you recommend I run to objectively compare the hardware components on these two machine to generate a single figure?

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Search on Google for benchmarking programs. – J. Polfer Nov 6 '09 at 16:58
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Windows Experience is hardly a fair comparison. For example, most $150+ graphics cards will max out the graphics comparison. Benchmarking tools will give you a much more in-depth look of which one is better. – Will Eddins Nov 6 '09 at 17:11
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There's no Windows Experience Index in Windows XP.

Run GeekBench on each machine and you'll get a "single figure" result.

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Check out Futuremark's tools. They have various benchmarking programs for different aspects of your machine, most have a basic version which is free or trialware.

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