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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Understanding the Windows System Assessment Tool

You can use the Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) to assess the features and capabilities of a Windows PC. If the WinSAT scores have not been pre-populated by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), then WinSAT will run the following tests:

  1. The DWM test during initial install or Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE), to provide the Desktop Window Manager (DWM) with the video memory bandwidth data used in determining whether Aero can run on a system.

  2. The remaining tests on system idle (as an idle task, to be kicked off by the Task Scheduler when the computer is not busy).

In addition, WinSAT checks once a week whether new hardware has been installed on this machine. If new hardware was installed and ...

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