How to Remove “Windows Experience Index Rating” Link from Windows 7 System Properties?
This is the 4th tutorial of our "Customizing Windows 7 System Properties" series. We have told you how to change or remove Windows logo and Activation logo and links from System Properties and now its turn of WEI score link.
Microsoft introduced WEI (Windows Experience Index) rating in Windows Vista which calculates and rates your computer system based on the hardware you have in your computer. This rating score is displayed in System Properties window as shown in following screenshot:
In this tutorial, we'll tell you how to remove "Windows Experience Index" rating link from Windows 7 System Properties. We have tested this method in Windows 7 only but it should also work in Windows Vista and Windows 8.
1. First go to "%windir%\System32\" folder and copy systemcpl.dll file to some other location for example Desktop.
Here %windir% represents "Windows" directory which can be found in the system drive where Windows is installed. In most of the cases its C:\Windows.
2. Now open the new file in Resource Hacker and go to following key:
UIFILE -> 1001
3. In right-side pane, you'll need to delete lines 158 to 170 to remove Windows Experience Index rating link:
<element id="atom(RatingInfo)" layoutpos="top" layout="rowlayout(171)" padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,7rp)">
<element content="resstr(1543)" width="150rp"/>
<element id="atom(RatingImage)" margin="rect(0rp,0rp,3rp,0rp)" layoutpos="none" content="" accessible="true" accrole="graphic" accname="resstr(304)"/>
<element id="atom(RatingInformation)" contentalign="middleleft" layout="borderlayout()" layoutpos="client">
<element layout="flowlayout(0,2)" layoutpos="left" accessible="false">
<NavigateButton layoutpos="left" layout="borderlayout()" navigationtargetroot="Microsoft.PerformanceInformationAndTools">
<button id="atom(RatingText)" active="mouse|keyboard" layoutpos="left" content="resstr(1544)"/>
4. After deleting the lines, click on "Compile Script" button.
5. That's it. Now save the file.
6. Now we'll need to replace original systemcpl.dll file present in "C:\Windows\System32\" folder with our new systemcpl.dll file which we saved at Desktop or some other location.
7 a. First take ownership of "C:\Windows\System32\systemcpl.dll" file using following tutorial:
7 b. Now rename it to "systemcpl_backup.dll" or any other name.
7 c. Now copy your new modified "systemcpl.dll" file from Desktop to "System32" folder.
8. That's it. Now check System Properties again and it'll no longer show Windows Experience Index rating score and link. No need to restart or log off.
Posted in: Windows 7
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