What's inside Windows 7's Vault?

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.

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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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  • Not a biggie

    Not an important feature by any means, but something I really liked in Vista Ultimate that I would like to see again in 7 is the DreamScene animated background feature. I know, I know, its just eye candy, but for those with a dedicated GPU, it was really cool to have a spinning earth in the back while I'm doing work. Kind of made things come alive. Haven't heard anything about it being in 7 beyond what I've found at this website here:

    http://morpheusvista.deviantart.com/art/Dreamscene-for-Windows-7-102799623?offset=0#comments

    Basicaly its a crack to unlock the dreamscene feature in build 7000, but it doesn't work very well and it wont work with x64 version of the OS. So its there, but no word on which final versions will have it (Ultimate vs Home Premium, etc)

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    gnesterenko
  • RE: What's inside Windows 7's Vault?

    Is this news?
    dhecksel@...
    • News?

      No. Windows has a tool to store credentials. Woo-hoo!
      rodb@...
    • Uh...

      Isn't this a blog?
      Within Rafael
  • Let me guess - a copy of Apple's "Filevault"?

    What, you mean Microsoft have 'innovated' yet another feature the Mac has had for years?

    There's no stopping that lumbering dinosaur once it's got going, is there?

    WHat next, a 'Time Machine' rip off ...oh, they already did that. Ho hum.
    whisperycat
  • RE: What's inside Windows 7's Vault?

    Correction: Vista introduces the ability to back up or restore this (credential) information. Windows Vault is just a souped up UI of "Stored user names and passwords".
    xp-client
  • RE: What's inside Windows 7's Vault?

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