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Windows 10 October 2018 Update

18 January 2019

Microsoft has revised the Windows 10 Update History page to note that the October 2018 Update, Version 1809 Build 17763.253, is now being rolled out more broadly via Windows Update, not just to those who click the 'Check for Updates' button as was previously the case. The latest version of the 1809 update has been stable for me, both on my old system, and now my new system. However, I strong advise doing a full backup before letting it install.

Java Runtime Environment 8.201

17 January 2019

Oracle has released an Update 201 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.

Opera 57.0

17 January 2019

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 57.0.3098.110. This update provides bug fixes.

Windows Updates

16 January 2019

Microsoft has released Cumulative Updates for Windows 10 version 1703, 1709 and 1803.

Nvidia GeForce 417.71 WHQL

16 January 2019

Nvidia has released the 417.71 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It adds support for the new RTX 2060 GPU, and improves GSync on compatible monitors. The driver also contains PhysX version 9.18.0907 and GeForce Experience version 3.16.0.

VLC Media Player 3.0

16 January 2019

The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 3.0.6. This update fixes a DVD subtitle issue and adds support for HDR in AV1.

Site Update

14 January 2019

Just a quick note to say that I've put together, tested, and stabilized my new system, and everything is working beautifully. Lots of general hardware and Windows-related tips and thoughts to share with you in my upcoming article on the build. I've also spent some more time trying to work out the best strategy for my Linux Experiment, and I'll have more on that soon as well.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.1.1

11 January 2019

AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.1.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver improves performance in Fortnite (Season 7) on the RX 580 and RX Vega 64 GPUs, and provides a range of bug fixes.

Firefox 64.0

10 January 2019

Mozilla has released Version 64.0.2 of the Firefox browser. The update provides bug fixes.

Opera 57.0

10 January 2019

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 57.0.3098.116. This update provides bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Updates

9 January 2019

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 32.0

9 January 2019

Adobe has released Version 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 19

9 January 2019

Adobe has released a new Version 2019.010.20069 of its free software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Acrobat Reader DC. This update addresses specific security issues.

Site Update

6 January 2019

The tech news begins to ramp up again next week, particularly as the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) runs from 8-12 January, and will hopefully provide details of the much-anticipated Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. On that note, I received my new i7 9700K-based system components a couple of days ago, but my case was delayed (as expected) and will arrive early next week. The most commonly asked question/comment I've received since I posted my new build is: "Why aren't you waiting for the amazing Ryzen 3000 series?" The final article will cover things in detail, but an initial answer is provided at the bottom of the updated Hardware Confusion 2019 one-page placeholder article. If all goes well with the new system, I can move onto the 2019 Linux Experiment, as I've dubbed it, soon.

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