What's inside Windows 7's Vault?

Summary:Windows experts Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera discovered a few Windows 7 features that Microsoft hasn't detailed and disclosed, including something called the Windows Vault.

Windows experts Paul Thurrott and Rafael Rivera have been peeling back the covers on Windows 7. Underneath the surface, they've discovered a few features that Microsoft hasn't detailed and disclosed, including something called the Windows Vault.

I asked Microsoft about the Vault. After some digging, a spokesperson returned with this explanation:

"Windows 7 includes a feature called 'credential manager.' This is similar to technology in past versions of Windows in that it stores your frequently used passwords so you can easily access and manage; however, in Windows 7 we've added the ability to back up or restore this information.  The default storage vault for the credential manager information is the 'Windows Vault.'"

Thurrott and Rivera said they have two other similar Windows 7 mystery features to unveil. In the interim, any other testers have specific Windows 7 features about which you've been unable to find more information?

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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