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2 August 2015


I just want to apologise once again for not putting out a TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 10. This is the first time since 2005 that I haven't released a TGTC for a new version of Windows, but unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, it just isn't a viable project for me right now. In any case, I hope those of you transitioning to Windows 10 can do so relatively painlessly, and if you haven't as yet, there's no harm in waiting a little while for the new OS to become a bit more polished and stable.



Intel Rapid Storage Technology 14.5

31 July 2015


Intel has released Version 14.5.0.1081 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for the use of RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset-based motherboards.



GPU-Z 0.8.5

31 July 2015


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.8.5. Changes include Windows 10 compatibility improvements and support for new chipsets.



SetPoint 6.67

31 July 2015


Logitech has released Version 6.67.82 of the SetPoint software for mice and keyboards. This version adds support for Windows 10 and contains bug fixes.



Foxit Reader 7.2

31 July 2015


The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 7.2.0.0722. This update adds cloud-based shared review, pattern search, enhanced security settings and snap measurement, as well as providing bug fixes.



AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 WHQL

30 July 2015


AMD has released the official Catalyst 15.7.1 WHQL certified graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver provides full Windows 10 support.



Nvidia GeForce 353.62 WHQL

30 July 2015


Nvidia has released the 353.62 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. This is the recommended driver for gaming on Windows 10. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.5.12.



Windows 10

29 July 2015


If you've agreed to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 via the Notification Area prompt on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems, you may notice that a \$windows.~BT directory has been created on your system drive, and installation files totalling several GB are being silently downloaded to that location. Installation of Windows 10 will begin in waves across the world over the coming week. If you haven't seen the "Get Windows 10" prompt, you need to install the KB3035583 update (or see these detailed instructions); conversely, if you want to get rid of the prompt, you need to uninstall and then hide the same KB update. There are no official ISO files for Windows 10 retail at the moment, so currently the only official way to do a clean install is to go through the upgrade process as above, then do a clean (re)install (e.g. by using the Reset feature). For more details, see this Microsoft Windows 10 FAQ and this SuperSite Upgrade FAQ.


Update: You can use this Microsoft Community Guide to create a bootable ISO file from the Windows 10 installation files.


Update 2: Microsoft has now released an official Download Tool which allows you to easily download and create a bootable Windows 10 ISO file.


Update 3: Even if you use an ISO, unless you have a Windows 10 product key, you must first do an upgrade on an existing valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 system to activate your free copy of Windows 10. Then you can do a complete clean install on the same system, and your Windows 10 is automatically activated and tied to that system's hardware.



Windows Updates

29 July 2015


Microsoft has released a non-critical Update for Windows 8.1 which resolves errors and crashes.



Chrome 44.0

29 July 2015


Google has released Version 44.0.2403.125 of the Chrome browser. This version provides bug fixes.



Chrome 44.0

25 July 2015


Google has released Version 44.0.2403.107 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.




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