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New security updates for Vista along with new Vista Ultimate Extras
Microsoft delivers Texas Hold'em Poker among other things for Vista Ultimate users

For those of you who have plunked down the extra cash for the version of Windows Vista that is at the top of the totem pole, there are a couple of new Vista Ultimate Extras available for download right now. Last night, right before the official launch of Vista, Microsoft pushed out Windows Texas Hold'em Poker and BitLocker and EFS Enhancements.

According to Paul Thurrott, Windows Texas Hold'em Poker requires a minimum Windows Experience Index of 1.0 to run and 2.0 to operate at optimum levels. Given that mostly enthusiasts will be gunning for Windows Vista Ultimate, this shouldn't be a problem at all.

The "Bitlocker and EFS Enhancements" are listed as follows:

  • Windows BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool - configures your hard drive so that you can use the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature of Windows Vista.
  • Secure Online Key Backup - stores a backup copy of your BitLocker recovery password and Encrypting File System (EFS) recovery certificates in your digital locker, a secure Microsoft website.

Windows DreamScene (aka Motion Desktop), a Vista Ultimate Extra that allows you to use motion video as your desktop, is still AWOL. Microsoft wowed the audience at CES 2007 with a demonstration of DreamScene during the Bill Gates keynote, but it’s like a feature that will tire very quickly with users.

To get these latest updates, simply navigate to the Control Panel and go to Windows Updates. You'll also find a number of security updates waiting for you as well from the main Windows Update page.



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RE: Bitlocker
By NuroMancer on 1/30/2007 3:36:23 PM , Rating: 2
The details of what the Enhancements are, are yet to come out. Not what bitlocker is, DT knows that...


RE: Bitlocker
By jak3676 on 1/30/2007 4:00:14 PM , Rating: 2
I have to say I was just about to post the same thing. The way I read the article it seemed that DT didn't know that Bitlocker was encryption.


RE: Bitlocker
By Goty on 1/30/2007 6:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, well that makes much more sense. "Enhancements to" means something entirely different than "Enhancements" alone.


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