Vista, day 1

I’m working on a project that requires me to spend a lot of time working with Vista’s BitLocker feature. That meant I needed a new computer. Sure, BitLocker runs on a wide range of machines, but its TPM mode requires a machine that has a supported TPM. The ThinkPad T60p has an upgradable BIOS, and word has it that there’s a BIOS upgrade that enables full BitLocker support for TPM, so I took the plunge and ordered one. It arrived last week, the day before I left for Vegas, but I didn’t have time to work with it last week. Today, while I was busy doing other things, I downloaded and installed the RC2 build. The installation went flawlessly, and I was easily able to join my home domain and install Office. I haven’t yet enabled BitLocker, though I did create the required “small” (~ 1.5GB) system partition that it requires. I’ll be occasionally writing more about Vista as I get more experience with it.

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