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Foxit Reader 7.2.8

28 November 2015

The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version A changelog is not yet available.

Windows 10 'Version 1511' Update

25 November 2015

Ed Bott reports that Microsoft has reinstated the ISOs of its recently released major update for Windows 10, known as Version 1511 (Build 10586), and has issued a statement. Microsoft explains that the major update was temporarily pulled because it accidentally reset several privacy-related settings to their defaults (on). Microsoft has now issued a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 which rectifies this issue.

Update: Another privacy-related change in Version 1511, which Microsoft hasn't publicly acknowledged in its statement, is reported here: the Diagnostics Tracking Service was renamed to the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service, and re-enabled by default.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition

25 November 2015

AMD has released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This graphics driver package includes a newly redesigned user interface which replaces the Catalyst Control Center. The software provides new features including Frame Pacing, FreeSync and Frame Rate Target Control support for DX9 games, LiquidVR support, a Shader Cache, Flip Queue Size optimizations, and reduced video decoding power consumption - more details in this article. Note that this is the last driver release for the Radeon HD 8000 series (HD 8400 and below), HD 7000 series (HD 7600 and below), HD 6000 series, and HD 5000 series GPUs. These cards are now considered to be legacy products and will not receive new drivers.

CCleaner 5.12

25 November 2015

A new Version 5.12.5431 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improved Chrome and Firefox cleaning, Improved detection and cleaning of portable browsers, improved Skip UAC on Windows 10, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

WinRAR 5.30

24 November 2015

The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.30. Changes include extraction support for numbered extension multipart archives and multipart zip archives created by 7-Zip, as well as shortcut, command line and UI enhancements, along with bug fixes.

Windows 10 'Version 1511' Update

22 November 2015

Microsoft recently released a major update for Windows 10, known as Version 1511 (Build 10586). Initially, this update could be installed either via Windows Update, or as an upgrade or clean install by using the new 1511/10586 ISOs MS provided through its Techbench or Media Creation Tool links. MS has now removed the 1511/10586 ISOs, reverting them back to build 10240 - the original Windows 10 RTM build. The reason for this sudden reversal is unclear. Ed Bott reports a Microsoft spokesman as saying this is a deliberate decision to make sure that installs of the 1511/10586 update are only through Windows Update; some users say they've been told by MS that 1511/10586 has been removed because it causes problems.

Update: A direct download link to the 1511/10586 Media Creation Tool is still available here for now.

Nvidia GeForce 359.00 WHQL

20 November 2015

Nvidia has released the 359.00 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 Assassin's Creed Syndicate and the Overwatch beta. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.7.4.

7-Zip 15.12

20 November 2015

A Version 15.12 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This major update takes 7-Zip out of beta and contains a large number of changes compared to the previous stable version (9.20) released in late 2010.

Skype 7.15

20 November 2015

A new Version of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not yet available.

Windows Updates

19 November 2015

Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 10 on Windows Update. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.

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