Apologies if someone has already had a mad rant about this one ...
I just bought a new PC. Not top of the line but I went from running Vista on a 2.4GHz Celeron, 1GB RAM to a new Qaud core 2.4GHz with 4GB RAM. Faster disk, faster graphics, better motherboard. Should fly by comparison with what I throw at it.
So ... Vista tells me that my Windows Experience Index has increased with my new machine ... from 3.6 to 4.5,
You are kidding me, aren't you?
The current machine works OK but this one should be able to handle at least 3 times the workload.
Microsoft's documentation advises people to use this as a guide. OK, Joe Average may need something to guide them but I can't see that that number increase above would convince people that all the extra money here is worthwhile. I know Joe is probably going to be happy with a single core CPU for average tasks but shouldn't an index reflect a bit more than how the base operating system will work without any load (which is what this represents to me).