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Opera 56.0

15 November 2018


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 56.0.3051.104. This version updates the Amazon promotion banner.



Site Update

15 November 2018


My position on Windows 10, elaborated here, has deteriorated to the point where I simply cannot trust my OS to maintain the integrity of my system. Microsoft has made it abundantly clear that they either cannot, or will not, listen to users and change their sloppy and deceptive ways. I'm planning on building a new system in early 2019, so I will take that opportunity to transition to Linux as my primary desktop OS. If I'm successful, I will try to compile a simple guide so that it may help others who are tired of Microsoft's continued incompetence to more easily do the same thing.



Nvidia GeForce 416.94 WHQL

14 November 2018


Nvidia has released the 416.94 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It provides the optimal experience in Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Hitman 2. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.15.0.



Windows 10 October 2018 Update Re-released

14 November 2018


Microsoft has officially re-released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also know as Version 1809, after earlier recalling it due to a data deletion bug. The new update is still called Windows 10 Version 1809, but the build number is now 17763.134, rather than 17763.1 for the initial October Update or 17763.55 for the patched version of the first release of 1809. This new version fixes the data corruption bug reported earlier, among other fixes, but has a known issue with not allowing users to associate Win32 programs as defaults for some apps. Microsoft has also provided an explanation of how its quality control processes work.


Note: If you already had an earlier version of 1809 installed on your system, a Cumulative Update released today is all that will be necessary to bring you up to the latest build.



CPU-Z 1.87

14 November 2018


A new Version 1.87 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version provides support for new chipsets.



Microsoft Security Updates

14 November 2018


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.



Flash Player 31.0

14 November 2018


Adobe has released Version 31.0.0.148 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.



Acrobat Reader DC

14 November 2018


Adobe has released a new Version 2019.008.20081 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update provides security fixes.



CCleaner 5.49

13 November 2018


A new Version 5.49.6856 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This update adds and improves cleaning of the Common Language Runtime folders, extends the cleaning of Windows error reporting folders, and provides bug fixes.



Chrome 70.0

10 November 2018


Google has released Version 70.0.3538.102 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.1

9 November 2018


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 18.11.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver adds support for Hitman 2, Battlefield V and Fallout 76, as well as providing bug fixes.



Windows 10 Activation Issue

9 November 2018


There are widespread reports that legitimate Windows 10 Professional installs are suddenly reporting as not being activated. When attempting to resolve this issue, users are told by the Activation troubleshooter that they are only licensed for Windows 10 Home. Microsoft has indirectly acknowledged via an MVP in their community forum that this is a fault with Microsoft's activation servers, and users are advised to ignore the activation prompt and wait for a fix over the coming days.


Note: I too am affected by this issue, this is the message that suddenly appeared in the lower right corner of my Windows 10 Pro 1809 desktop a short while ago. The fault appears to primarily affect those who upgraded to Windows 10 during the free upgrade period.


Update: It appears Microsoft has fixed the fault. This issue can now be resolved properly by activating Windows using the Activation troubleshooter, found under Settings>Update & Security>Activation.



Nvidia GeForce 416.81 WHQL

9 November 2018


Nvidia has released the 416.81 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It provides the optimal experience in Battlefield V. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.15.0.



Opera 56.0

7 November 2018


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 56.0.3051.99. This update provides bug fixes.




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