From Home Premium to Ultimate - BitLocker?

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
June 22, 2010 at 17:08:44
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 8GB
Hi everyone:

I recently got this brand new Dell XPS 8100 desktop that had Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled on it. I want to upgrade to Ultimate version though. There are two reasons for me to do that: 1. Windows XP mode and 2. BitLocker.

I tried contacting Dell tech support and the guy who was helping me told me that XP mode will be supported but he wasn't sure about BitLocker, because evidently it requires some chip or something that according to him my system didn't have.

I was curious, does that BitLocker really need some specialized chip to work, or can it work without such a chip? I'm curious to know because if BitLocker won't work for me then obviously I will not be paying $140 for an upgrade?

Thanks in advance!

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June 22, 2010 at 17:37:22
If dell sells that computer with that upgrade (and it seems that they do) then it is fully supported.

I think it would help to have the chip but not needed to encrypt the disk.

Why do you need such drive encryption? Would a third party software do as well?

You would in fact get the xp mode in the fee. It really is like a xp and VM in one bundle.

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June 22, 2010 at 18:03:10
I don't know if Dell sells it with such an upgrade.

I need the BitLocker to make my data safe. I don't want it to get into the wrong hands. Is it an overkill, do you think?

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June 22, 2010 at 20:44:13
The link below give detailed information on bitlocker.

What type of data is it you are wanting to protect? You do realize you could also be locked out of your own data under certain circumstances?

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