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Site Update

29 May 2016

It seems that there's a bit of confusion over the new Nvidia Fast Sync Vertical Synchronization feature implemented in the latest GeForce drivers, so I've updated Page 8 of the Nvidia GeForce Tweak Guide with some details.

Update: I've also added a tentative description of the new Optimal Power option under the Power Management Mode setting on Page 7 of the guide.

Nvidia GeForce 368.25 WHQL

27 May 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.25 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is only for the new GTX 1080 under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Overwatch, World of Tanks and War Thunder. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.16.0318 and GeForce Experience version 2.11.3.

Chrome 51.0

26 May 2016

Google has released Version 51.0.2704.63 of the Chrome browser. This version improves password management, optimizes page rendering, and provides security and bug fixes.

Windows Updates

26 May 2016

Microsoft has released a non-critical update for Windows 7 and 8.1. Note: This is KB3035583, the main 'Get Windows 10' app, being re-released yet again.

CCleaner 5.18

25 May 2016

A new Version 5.18.5607 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improvements to Edge and Firefox cleaning, optimized detection and cleaning of portable browsers, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

Site Update

24 May 2016

Microsoft has kicked its 'Get Windows 10' deception up another notch. As reported in articles such as this one, the already deceitful GWX nagware, which famously prompts Windows 7 and 8.1 users with only two options, both of which result in upgrading to Windows 10, has been modified again. Previously, you could click the small X in the top right corner of the prompt to exit without upgrading; now, clicking the X also starts the upgrade process. So basically, less tech-savvy users, who are not aware of third party tools like GWX Control Panel or Never10, will now wind up being upgraded to Windows 10 no matter what they click. Microsoft has single-handedly changed operating system upgrade etiquette from "Do you wish to upgrade your OS?" to "Just try and stop us from upgrading your OS". And bear in mind that Windows 10 isn't some critical security update for, or arguably even functionally better than, Windows 7 or 8.1 - this shameful deception is entirely for Microsoft's commercial benefit.

I've already made my rather negative views about Windows 10 and Microsoft known, most recently in this mini-rant a couple of months ago. But there are other voices with equally harsh views regarding Microsoft's ignominious slide into untrustworthiness. The latest is Susan Bradley, Microsoft MVP, who says this regarding the forced Windows 10 upgrades: "...I think Microsoft is being a bully on the Internet. A big bully. The manner in which Windows 10 has been pushed out the patching channel has me seriously questioning if I want to be associated with this Company going forward."

Update: Even Paul Thurrott, who has long defended all things Microsoft, says: "This is indefensible...the violation of trust here is almost indescribable."

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3

24 May 2016

AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.5.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver adds support for Total War: Warhammer, Overwatch, and Dota 2 with the Vulkan API. It also provides new CrossFire profiles for Total War: Warhammer and Overwatch, as well as a range of bug fixes.

Nvidia GeForce 368.22 WHQL

24 May 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.22 WHQL certified graphics driver. It is the recommended driver for Overwatch, World of Tanks and War Thunder. The driver package updates PhysX to version 9.16.0318 and contains GeForce Experience version 2.11.3.

7-Zip 16.02

21 May 2016

A new Version 16.02 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update fixes a bug with split archives.

7-Zip 16.01

20 May 2016

A new Version 16.01 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update provides bug fixes.

Skype 7.24

20 May 2016

A new Version of the communications utility Skype has been released.

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