Many vendors, including Compaq [sic] and Lenovo have never quite been able to get their power management settings right. My laptops have continually mocked me with power management updates that eventually find their own new ways to decide when and how "sleep" will or will not work. While Windows has become very good at sleeping and waking quickly...sometimes closing the lid shuts it down, sometimes it fails to wake without a reboot...this is not everyday but rather, every time they release a power management update, they put a new glitch in it and manage to change the custom settings that I'VE SET. So don't be surprised it yours also are problematic.
BitLocker is there to ensure that if you are a VA administrator taking home a huge database, and you leave your laptop
to get stolen from your car, hotel
, or coffee shop, those hundred thousand social security numbers can't get taken out. Or, if you've just got your personal things on a home computer, to make sure your bank account and cell phone
access aren't stolen while you're away for the weekend. Or by the kids' new friends.
Before Win8 "Pro" the only was to get it was by spending about an extra $150 for the top level of Win7 or Vista. MS didn't give it away cheap
, and it couldn't be installed to a lower level of the OS. So they're being a bit generous this time around.
Supposedly it can be broken--but not easily, not by most equipment
or hackers. And similarly, it can't be enabled
by most users, because the instructions have been so *damn cryptic as well.(G)
One of those "Kids, don't try this at home" products.