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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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By medavid16 on 1/30/2007 7:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
I've used a couple applications that worked well with Windows XP a while back, I can't remember the name of it, I believe it was like DreamScape, and it took very little hit to CPU/GPU. VERY good prog if you're not a gamer. In the end, it does take a couple frames from games, and which is why I stopped using it.

Vista's MotionDesktop is supposed to have little to no impact. The previous betas showed to have slow down, but it was promised to have little to none... and which is probaly why you can't download it because it's not out yet.

RE: =)
By rippleyaliens on 1/30/2007 8:35:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the 1 IMMEDIATE thing i love about Vista, (Granted it is a Drive HOG), Is the system restore point. Like a snapshot ability. To me that is most impressive, considering it on the desktop level. So boom, you create a restore point, download your favorite keygen, i mean software tool. run it, copy the key, then roll back.

RE: =)
By Spivonious on 1/31/2007 9:38:15 AM , Rating: 2
System Restore has been around since XP debuted in 2001.

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