How to Test Your Computer to See if it Will Run "World of Warcraft"

by Damarious Page ; Updated September 28, 2017

Blizzard Entertainment, the developers of "World of Warcraft" (WoW), suggest a few minimum system requirements before players attempt to install and play the game on a PC. Inside the PC, players need to have a robust central processing unit (CPU) and random access memory (RAM). A standalone video graphics card is also suggested to help render the intensive graphics and 3D in WoW. The PC should also have adequate hard drive space. You have to check these components manually and individually, which can be daunting process. If you use Windows, however, you can run a native test to check if your PC is gaming-ready.

Click the "Start" button (Windows circle) in the bottom left corner of the desktop. Type "Performance Experience" in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Press "Enter" to open the Windows Experience Index utility in the Performance Information and Tools window.

Click the "Rate This Computer" button if this is the first time the computer has been tested for gaming performance. Otherwise, click the "Re-Run the Assessment" link at the bottom of the window to run the performance test again.

Wait. Do not use the computer while Windows tests its performance. Monitor the status dialog box in the middle of screen titled "Windows Experience Index." The green progress bar running from left to right indicates the status of the tests.

Look at the "Subscore" column heading -- back in the Performance Information and Tools window -- after the test is complete and the progress dialog box disappears. Focus on the scores next to each component: "Processor," "Memory (RAM), "Graphics," "Gaming Graphics" and "Primary Hard Disk." A sub-score of 3.0 or higher indicates that the computer is highly capable of running WoW.

Tip

  • Adding new hardware, such as extra RAM sticks or a new graphics card, might boost subscores for those categories. Make sure to re-run the test.

    Navigate to the Web page for 'Blizzard Support: "World of Warcraft": Minimum System Requirements For World of Warcraft." Manually verify that your PC has the necessary hardware and software to run WoW. Windows 7 users can type "System Information" in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu and then press "Enter" to open the System Information utility.

    Apple Mac OS X Leopard users can play Windows PC games on a Mac computer. But they must also have of the Windows operating system. This utility or program that supports this cross-platform usage is called "Boot Camp."

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