Windows Assessment Toolkit Technical Reference

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

The Windows Assessment Toolkit helps you determine the quality of a running operating system or a set of components with regard to performance, reliability, and functionality.

The Windows Assessment Toolkit is included with the Windows ADK. Download the Windows ADK from this website.

The Windows Assessment Toolkit includes the tools that you need to assess a local computer, review the results, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. When you install the toolkit, you get:

  • The Windows Assessment Console. A GUI that you can use to group the assessments, create a job, run the job, and view and manage the job results. A job is a collection of one or more assessments, and their settings, that run together on a computer.

  • Assessments. A combination of .xml and binary files that induce a specific set of states on a computer, measure and record the activity, and preserve the recorded results. The results often include diagnostics and remediation information that help you determine areas that need additional investigation and corrective action.

  • The Assessment Platform. The infrastructure for developing and extending assessments, and for consistently running and displaying jobs, assessments, and results.

In This Section

Windows Assessment Console Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to use the Windows Assessment Console to assess the quality of a local computer. This guide provides video demonstrations and step-by-step instructions for installing and using the assessment console.

Windows Assessment Console Technical Reference

Learn how the Windows Assessment Console works, and how you can use it to configure and run assessments on a local computer.


Discover various assessments that are available from Microsoft to assess the performance, reliability, and functionality of a computer.

Assessment Platform Command-Line Syntax

Determine which command lines you can use to script and automate jobs.

Additional Resources for the Windows Assessment Console

Find more information and related resources.

See Also

Other Resources

Windows Assessment Services Technical Reference