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10 cool tools in Windows 7

Biometric device management

In earlier versions of Windows, biometric authentication and management of biometric devices (fingerprint sensors) required third-party software that might or might not integrate well with the OS. Now it's built in.

Windows 7 includes the Windows Biometric Framework, which gives developers an API they can use to build biometrics into applications. Makers of fingerprint sensor hardware, such as UPEK and AuthenTec, worked with Microsoft on the development of the Framework. Biometric devices are managed through a Control Panel applet.

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puneet.advani
puneet.advani

ita a really good to know info about win 7, waiting for more such documents

markfsanderson
markfsanderson

Yeah, I know . . . its not too glam . . . but the new calculator is much better . . . if you write code the new and improved hex/binary stuff is nice . . . rotates, shifts and other groovey things . . . Was this improvement in Vista? I never much fooled with Vista . . . Mark

richard.stroud
richard.stroud

Does it include the ability to create a bootable retore disc? This has always bothered me that you have to install the OS before you can restore it's fully configured functionality. This is why I use Ghost to create an image and use Nero to make it bootable and run the script to execute the ghost restore software.