Updated: April 17, 2012
Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
Assesses the performance of the processor(s) using encryption and decryption or compression and decompression.
For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.
Only one of the four required parameters is required to run the assessment.
Run the encryption and decryption sub-assessment using 256-bit AES cryptographic algorithms.
Run the encryption and decryption sub-assessment computing a SHA1 hash.
Run the compression and decompression sub-assessment using a Lempel-Zev algorithm.
Run the compression and decompression sub-assessment using an internal Microsoft compression algorithm. This is the same algorithm used to compress the hibernation file and with ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive technologies.
Define the buffer size for the assessment. The minimum is 4 K. The maximum is 2 MB. The default is 16 KB.
-data <file name>
Specify a file to be loaded into the buffer for use in the assessment. The default file used if none is specified is %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll.
Specify the number of buffer regions used in the assessment. The default is 16 regions.
Specify the size of buffer regions used in the assessment.
Send verbose output to STDOUT, including status and progress information. Any errors will also be written to the command window.
-xml <file name>
Save the output of the assessment as the specified XML file. If the specified file exists, it will be overwritten.
Save information about physical volumes and logical disks as part of the <SystemConfig> section in the XML output.
Create a globally unique identifier (GUID) in the XML output file.
-note "note text"
Add the note text to the <note> section in the XML output file.
Include the local computer name in the XML output file.
Enumerate extra system information in the XML output file.
A combination of -buffersize, -nbr, and -brs can be specified, but only two can be used simultaneously.
When -buffersize and -nbr are used together, the region size is determined by dividing the number of regions into the buffer sizes.
When -buffersize and -brs are used together, the number of regions is determined by dividing the region size into the buffer sizes.
When -nbr and -brs are used together, the buffer size is determined by multiplying the values for -nbr and -brs together.
The -buffersize value defaults to bytes unless a suffix is used with the number supplied. The following suffixes can be used to specify other magnitudes:
B or BYTES for bytes (assessments that do not permit values this small will default to the smallest allowed value)
K or KB for kilobytes
M or MB for megabytes
G or GB for gigabytes (assessments that do not permit values this large will default to the largest allowed value)
Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to use winsat. The command must be executed from an elevated Command Prompt window.
To open an elevated Command Prompt window, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and click Run as administrator.