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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: Dreamscene
By regnez on 1/30/2007 4:33:33 PM , Rating: 3
Responsive backgrounds, too. Like that background in XP with the trees on the sides, and the leaves on the ground.

They should have that background in Vista, except you should be able to move your mouse fast and slow across the "ground" (in the background), and the leaves ruffle accordingly.

That would be incredible. Maybe even a better waste of time than Solitaire.

RE: Dreamscene
By AkaiRo on 1/30/2007 9:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine it... A Dreamscene background based on an LCARS display that's actually showing changing data, wireframe images in motion, simulated quantum torpedo launches, etc.

In the immortal words of Kelly Bundy, "The mind wobbles."

RE: Dreamscene
By otispunkmeyer on 1/31/2007 4:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
no what would be even better is if it is in some way tied to a weather forecast

so if its sunny out, your desktop is nice and bright and the trees are really green and flowers vivid colours.

then if its a horrible, windy, rainy day with thunderstorms your desktop would be the same, dark sky's trees and plants swaying in the wind, leaves flyign everywhere, rain drops on the camera lense effect, lightning

it would be totally OTT, but it wouldnt half be cool

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