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April 2008



Wndows XP SP3

30 April 2008


Microsoft was due to release XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) today, however it appears that they have delayed its official release due to an obscure issue affecting Microsoft Dynamic RMS users. For the moment if you want the final version of SP3, you can download it directly from Microsoft here, as this has been confirmed to be the correct final version standalone installer.



Team Fortress 2

30 April 2008


Valve has released a Major Update for Team Fortress 2. The update contains a new map called Goldrush, new Medic achievements and weapons, and a range of other gameplay and engine changes. The update is available via Steam.



RivaTuner 2.09

30 April 2008


Unwinder has released RivaTuner 2.09. The latest version has some bug fixes and further improvements for the latest graphics cards and drivers, including an updated D3DOverrider utility.



Game Patches

30 April 2008


  • A Tale of Two Kingdoms - 1.2 Patch
  • Angels Online - 1.5.0.0 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.8081 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • UFO: Alien Invasion - 2.2.1 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst Hotfix

    29 April 2008


    ATI has released a Hotfix Driver for Vista specifically to address issues with the newly released 3DMark Vantage.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 175.12

    29 April 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 175.12 driver for Windows Vista. These drivers are for all GeForce 6, 7, 8 and 9 series graphics cards. They contain a range of fixes, performance improvements in both DX9 and DX10, as well as PureVideo HD, display resolution and positioning features.



    VIA Hyperion Pro 5.17A

    29 April 2008


    VIA has released the Hyperion Pro 5.17A chipset drivers for VIA-based motherboards.



    CCleaner 2.07.575

    29 April 2008


    A new Version 2.07.575 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version has a range of fixes, support for Firefox 3, and memory management improvements.



    3DMark Vantage

    29 April 2008


    Futuremark has released 3DMark Vantage, a new DirectX 10 graphical benchmark. This version of 3DMark can only be used under Windows Vista. It is free to download, however you need to register for a trial key, and you can only run the free version once.


    Update: I've uploaded a video of a run through 3DMark Vantage in YouTube and High Quality versions.



    Game Patches

    29 April 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5022 Patch
  • Conquest of the Aegean - 3.4.151 Patch
  • La-Mulana - Patch
  • Ninja Reflex: Steamworks Edition - Update via Steam


  • Foxit Reader 2.3

    25 April 2008


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 2.3. The changes include a range of new features and enhancements.



    Sandra 2008 SP2c

    25 April 2008


    SiSoftware has released a new 2008 SP2c Build 14.24 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    AVG Anti-Virus Free 8.0

    25 April 2008


    Grisoft has released Version 8.0 of the AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition. This version contains a range of changes and improvements, however it also seems to increase resource usage. My recommendations for configuring AVG 8.0 to reduce its intrusiveness and resource usage are here.



    Game Patches

    25 April 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 4.13 Patch
  • Hellgate: London - 1.2 Patch
  • Lord of the Rings Online - Book 13 Patch
  • World in Conflict - Virginia Map


  • Game Patches

    24 April 2008


  • Baseball Mogul 2009 - 11.10F Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1103 Patch
  • Shadowgrounds Survivor - Update via Steam


  • Windows XP SP3

    24 April 2008


    Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available to Technet and MSDN users, after many complaints were received over Microsoft's initial decision to release it to them on May 2. However the full public release is still on 29 April.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.91

    24 April 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.91 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Windows Vista Ultimate Extras

    23 April 2008


    Microsoft has released two additional Vista Ultimate Extras: a Windows DreamScene Content Pack #3 which contains new DreamScene animated desktop videos, and two new Sound Schemes. These Extras are available free to Vista Ultimate users through Windows Update.



    SpeedFan 4.34

    23 April 2008


    Almico has released Version 4.34 of SpeedFan, a free utility for changing system fan speeds, measuring temperatures and voltages and adjusting clock speeds. The changes include support for the latest chipsets and a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    23 April 2008


  • Cabal Online - Patch
  • DOFUS - 1.23.0 Patch
  • Voxelstein 3D - 0.101 Patch


  • Windows XP SP3

    22 April 2008


    Microsoft has confirmed that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM) today, however Technet, Connect and MSDN users will not receive it just yet. It is on track for public release on 29 April.



    Game Patches

    22 April 2008


  • Commander: Europe at War - 1.06 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Seven Kingdoms: Conquest - 1.04 Patch
  • The Fate of Hellas - 1.4 Patch
  • The Golden Horde - 1.1 Patch
  • UFO: Afterlight - 1.6 Patch
  • X-Plane 9 - Patch


  • PerfectDisk 2008 SP2

    19 April 2008


    Raxco has released an SP2 update for the PerfectDisk 2008 defragmentation utility. The changes include improved boot time defragmentation and a range of bug fixes.



    Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide

    18 April 2008


    The Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide is now available and contains not only full descriptions of exactly what all the in-game settings do, but also compares DX9 to DX10 mode, details all the advanced .ini tweaking possible with the game, and provides a range of troubleshooting tips spread throughout the guide.



    Game Patches

    18 April 2008


  • Crazy Tao - 9037 Patch
  • World Basketball Manager 2008 - 1.8.4 Patch
  • Zero Online - 2793 Patch


  • Safari 3.1.1

    17 April 2008


    Apple has updated the Safari browser to Version 3.1.1 for Windows. The latest version fixes several security exploits.



    Firefox 2.0.0.14

    17 April 2008


    Mozilla has released an update to the Firefox browser, bringing it up to Version 2.0.0.14. The latest version fixes a security issue.



    ATI Catalyst 8.4

    17 April 2008


    ATI has released the Catalyst 8.4 graphics drivers. The changes include a range of application and game fixes in both XP and Vista.



    Process Explorer 11.13

    17 April 2008


    Microsoft has released Version 11.13 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. The changes include several bug fixes.



    Realtek AC97 Audio 6.2.85

    16 April 2008


    Realtek has released Version 6.2.85 of its AC97 audio drivers for Vista.



    Windows Vista CheckSUR Tool

    16 April 2008


    Microsoft has released a Check for System Update Readiness (CheckSUR) tool for Windows Vista. This tool will fix certain types of Windows Update installation failures, and prevent them in the future.



    Windows XP SP3

    16 April 2008


    Both Neowin and TechARP are reporting that they have the final release schedule for Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) - and given both are providing the same details, it seems likely to be accurate. From the release schedule, SP3 is due for public release on April 29, with OEMs, Technet, Connect and MSDN users receiving it a week earlier on April 21, and additional languages released on May 5.



    Windows Vista SP1 All Languages

    16 April 2008


    Microsoft has released the All Languages version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). As before, while this is available via Windows Update, it is recommended you use the Standalone version to minimize the potential for problems.



    Game Patches

    16 April 2008


  • Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - 1.01 Patch


  • Game Patches

    15 April 2008


  • Half Life 1 Engine - Update via Steam
  • WWII Online: Battleground Europe - 1.28.4 Patch


  • Site Update

    14 April 2008


    Just a heads-up that as promised, I'm working on an Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide, hopefully for release within the next week. The game isn't immensely tweakable given it's a console port, however there are still enough options and tweaks worth covering in a guide, so stay tuned.



    Game Patches

    12 April 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 412 Patch
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War - 1.0.2 Patch Hotfix
  • Sins of a Solar Empire - 1.04 Patch
  • SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm - Patch


  • Windows Vista Language Interface Packs

    11 April 2008


    Microsoft has released Language Interface Packs (LIPs) for Windows Vista. These provide partially translated versions of the most widely used areas of Windows, and are only for English versions of Vista 32-bit.



    Game Patches

    11 April 2008


  • Advanced Tactics: WWII - 1.15 Patch
  • Fury: Age of the Chosen - 34974 Patch
  • Galactic Command: Echo Squad SE - 2.10.06 Patch
  • The Witcher - 1.3 Patch


  • Adobe Media Player 1.0

    10 April 2008


    Adobe has released its new Media Player 1.0. This free flashed-based ad-supported media player is primarily designed to play streaming media from a range of content providers.



    WinZip 11.2

    10 April 2008


    The archival utility WinZip has been upgraded to Version 11.2. This version is a free upgrade for existing WinZip 11.0 owners, and adds minor bug fixes and enhancements, unicode support, and integrated LHA support.



    Diskeeper 2008 Build 781

    10 April 2008


    An updated Build 781 of the Diskeeper 2008 defragmentation utility has been released. The new version has bug fixes, improvements to I-FAAST, and importantly temporarily disables boot-time defragmentation on Vista SP1 due to an incompatibility, to be fixed in a future update.



    Game Patches

    10 April 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5020 Patch
  • Crazy Tao - 9035 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1101 Patch
  • Maximum Football 2.0 - 2.2.70 Patch
  • Medieval 2: Total War - Kingdoms Patch
  • SimCity Societies - Patch 4
  • Zero Online - 2792 Patch


  • Flash Player 9.0.124.0

    9 April 2008


    Adobe has released an updated Version 9.0.124.0 of the Flash Player for browsers.



    Game Patches

    9 April 2008


  • Age of Armor - 1.0.0.20 Patch
  • Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties - 1.01a Patch


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    9 April 2008


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can get through Windows Update, or if not there by viewing and downloading them from here.


    Note also that Microsoft has released a new version of the KB938371 Update, which is a pre-requisite for Windows Vista SP1. Previously this update had installation problems on some systems, however if you've installed SP1 using the standalone installer, or you installed this update without any problems, then you don't need to install it again.



    DivX 6.8.2.8

    9 April 2008


    The DivX video codec has been updated to Version 6.8.2.8.



    Sandra 2008 SP2

    8 April 2008


    SiSoftware has released a new 2008 SP2 Build 14.20 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    8 April 2008


  • Imperium Romanum - 1.02 Patch
  • Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance - 1.5.3599 Patch


  • Site Update

    6 April 2008


    It completely slipped my mind that April 1, 2008 marked the 4th Birthday of TweakGuides - time certainly flies by. The fundamentals of the site haven't changed much in the past four years, and they won't in the future. If you like what you see here, expect more of the same; if you're after quick fixes, blogger rants and sensationalist articles, it ain't gonna happen :)


    As for upcoming material, I'm currently doing a major revision of the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows XP, which should be out a few days after XP SP3 is released in mid-April. I'm considering an Assassin's Creed Tweak Guide, though that will depend on how much time I have, and more importantly on how 'tweakable' the game will be. I still have a regular 'Tech Tune-up' column in Games for Windows Magazine, however their parent company is having financial issues, so whether I continue with that is not clear.


    Thanks again for all the support, and as we start the 5th year of TweakGuides, I'll continue in my attempts to demystify PC customization and optimization.



    Game Patches

    4 April 2008


  • 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul - 1.01 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.7895 Patch
  • Fury: Age of the Chosen - 34918 Patch
  • Gary Grigsby's World at War: A World Divided - 1.02 Patch
  • War Leaders: Clash of Nations - 1.1 Patch


  • Opera 9.27

    3 April 2008


    The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 9.27. The changes include stability and security fixes.



    iTunes 7.6.2

    3 April 2008


    Apple has released an update for iTunes, bringing it up to Version 7.6.2. This version includes bug fixes and stability improvements.



    QuickTime 7.4.5

    3 April 2008


    Apple has released a new Version 7.4.5 of the QuickTime media player. This version addresses security issues and improves reliability and compatibility with third party applications.



    Office Updates

    3 April 2008


    Microsoft has released two updates for the Office Suite. The first Update fixes an error when installing Office 2007 SP1, and the second Update is for Office Communicator 2007.



    Game Patches

    3 April 2008


  • Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties - 1.01 Patch
  • Combat Mission: Shock Force - 1.08 Patch
  • Lost Empire: Immortals - 1.03 Patch
  • Overclocked: A History of Violence - ATI HD Hotfix
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Threadspace: Hyperbol - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 2.4.1 Patch


  • Nvidia Official Forceware 174.74

    2 April 2008


    Nvidia has made the recently released Beta Forceware 174.74 into an Official WHQL certified driver for the GeForce 9 series, as well as the GeForce 8300, 8200, 8100 and nForce 730a/720a chipsets under Windows XP and Vista. For other graphics cards these drivers are still available as a Beta.



    Game Patches

    2 April 2008


  • Fury: Age of the Chosen - 34864 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Night of a Million Billion Zombies - 1.1 Patch
  • Ninja Reflex: Steamworks Edition - Update via Steam
  • PureSim Baseball 2007 - 1.71 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 2: Free Time - Patch 1


  • Game Patches

    1 April 2008


  • Age of Armor - 1.0.0.20 Patch
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War - 1.02 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Space Force - Rogue Universe - 1.2 Patch


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