“TrueCrypt” Updated Disk Encryption Now Supports Windows Vista

TrueCrypt 4.3 free open-source disk encryption software has been updated with new features and Windows Vista 32 & 64 bit compatibility. 
New features:
    • Full compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista:
    • Support for User Account Control (UAC).
    • All .sys and .exe files of TrueCrypt are now digitally signed with the digital certificate of the TrueCrypt Foundation, which was issued by the certification authority GlobalSign.
    • When moving the mouse on a single-CPU computer while reading or writing data to a TrueCrypt volume, the mouse pointer stopped moving for a second every few seconds. This will no longer occur. (Windows Vista issue)
Other minor compatibility-related changes
    • TrueCrypt volume is automatically dismounted if its host device is inadvertently removed.
    • Important: You should always dismount the volume in TrueCrypt and then use the "Safely Remove Hardware" function (built in Windows) before you physically remove the host device (e.g. a USB flash drive).
    • Support for devices and file systems that use a sector size other than 512 bytes (e.g., new hard drives, USB flash drives, DVD-RAM, MP3 players, etc.)
    • Support for devices with a GPT partition table (GUID partitions). 
    • After a partition is successfully encrypted, the drive letter assigned to it (if any) is automatically removed. 
    • Volume name (label) is displayed in device/partition selector.
    • New hotkey: ‘Wipe Cache’.
    • New command line switch ‘/q background’ for launching the TrueCrypt Background Task.
    • Portions of the TrueCrypt device driver redesigned.
    • Maximum allowed size of FAT32 volumes increased to 2 TB (note that NTFS volumes can be larger than 2 TB).
    • Traveller Disk Setup improved. 
    • Volumes hosted on read-only media will always be mounted in read-only mode. 
    • Improved support for big-endian platforms.
NOTE: I’ve yet to test this new version with Windows Vista, but previous versions worked great with Windows XP.

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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