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Vista Ultimate Extras


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Windows DreamScene

Your desktop background comes to life with Windows DreamScene™. When you download this Ultimate Extra, you can select a video for your desktop background the same way you select a stationary picture. You can choose one of the high-quality looping videos that we’ve included, or use a video from a company that produces content for DreamScene. You can even use your own video as a background.

If you’re wondering what effect a video background might have on your battery life, don’t worry. Windows DreamScene respects your power settings and pauses the video to conserve battery power.

Some things that you should know before you start using Windows DreamScene:

* Windows DreamScene supports only .mpeg and .wmv video file formats.

* Windows DreamScene video support requires a graphics card that supports Windows Aero™.

For computers that do not support the Windows Aero desktop experience, this Extra still has something to offer: Windows DreamScene adds new positioning options for backgrounds, including stationary pictures.

DreamScene preview (.wmv)

BitLocker and EFS Enhancements

This Ultimate Extra includes two tools that make it easier to use some of the security features that come with Windows Vista Ultimate:

* 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.

When you purchase Windows Vista Ultimate, you get all of the features that Windows Vista has to offer for home users and for businesses. Because BitLocker was originally designed for businesses, it can be tricky to use on your own. That’s why we created this Ultimate Extra, which makes it easier for you to set up your computer for BitLocker and then securely back up your recovery information for BitLocker or EFS to your digital locker.

If you haven’t already heard about BitLocker, here is some background information:

Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption provides increased security by encrypting everything on your hard drive: data, programs, and even Windows itself. When you use BitLocker, your system is more difficult to tamper with, and you are better protected if your computer is ever lost or stolen. BitLocker does not replace the need to use good passwords and other security features, but it does make it much harder for anyone else to read the information stored on your hard drive.

If your computer has as a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 chip, BitLocker can use the chip to perform a system integrity check—a process that verifies your computer system has not been tampered with—before unlocking your drive. If you do not have a TPM 1.2 chip, you can still use the encryption provided by BitLocker, but not the system integrity checking. For information about how to enable BitLocker on your computer without using a TPM 1.2 chip, see the BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide.


Hold 'Em Poker Game

This Windows Ultimate Extra adds a popular poker game to your Windows Vista™ gaming experience. Hold 'Em sets you against the computer for no-limit poker fun. Hold 'Em may cost you time, but your money is safe because the chips are not real.

Hold 'Em uses Microsoft® DirectX® technology for smooth animated play and rich graphics. Users can change options to play against up to five computer players, set the opponents’ skill level, and customize the look of the card deck and playing table. After you install this Windows Ultimate Extra, Hold 'Em will appear in the Windows Vista Games Explorer.


source: windowsultimate.com

How do I get Windows Ultimate Extras downloads and services?

Download the latest Windows Ultimate Extras programs and services

Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Update.


When Windows Ultimate Extras are available, they appear in the Windows Ultimate Extras section on the Windows Update page. (only with full retail versions of Ultimate not with an OEM)

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