Desktop Graphics score may appear to be lower in Windows 8 than in Windows 7

Symptoms

On a system running Windows 8, the Desktop Graphics component of the system's Windows Experience Index may appear to be slightly lower than what is reported in Windows 7.

Cause

In Windows 8, the assessment to determine a system's Desktop Graphics score was updated to include an alpha blending workload. This improvement to the Desktop Graphics assessment may result in a slightly lower Desktop Graphics score than what is reported in Windows 7 (a 0.1 to 0.6 point reduction).

Resolution

This behavior is by design due to improvements made to determine the display’s adapter Desktop Graphics performance with better accuracy. The score can be compared to other systems running Windows 8, as other Windows 8 systems will undergo the same alpha blending workload during the assessment.

More Information

Your Desktop Graphics score can be viewed by going to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Windows Experience Index.
Properties

Article ID: 2813647 - Last Review: Feb 14, 2013 - Revision: 1

Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise

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