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April 2010



Opera 10.53

30 April 2010


The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 10.53. This version fixes a critical security vulnerability as well as providing several bug fixes.



Game Patches

30 April 2010


  • Field of Glory - 1.2.6 Patch
  • Flotilla - 2.332 Patch
  • Railworks - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst 10.4

    29 April 2010


    ATI has released the official Catalyst 10.4 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. This WHQL certified driver contains video enhancements including H.264 Level 5.1 support, as well as performance improvements in STALKER: Clear Sky and a range of bug fixes. Note also that these drivers are older than the 10.4a Catalyst Preview drivers.



    Game Patches

    29 April 2010


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Combat Arms- 4.1 Patch
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • X3: Terran Conflict - 2.6 Patch


  • Chrome 4.1.249.1064

    28 April 2010


    Google has released Version 4.1.249.1064 of the Chrome browser. The changes include fixing an incorrect Java plugin path, resolving javascript rendering issues, and several security fixes.



    Windows Updates

    28 April 2010


    Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows Vista and 7 which you can get through Windows Update. Alternatively you can view and download them individually from here - click the 'Released' column header once to sort by date.



    iTunes 9.1.1

    28 April 2010


    Apple has released a new Version 9.1.1 of the iTunes software. This version addresses issues with VoiceOver as well as song conversion problems, and has various other stability, security and performance fixes.



    Game Patches

    28 April 2010


  • Combat Arms - 4.0 Patch
  • Fortix - Update via Steam
  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • Opera 10.52

    27 April 2010


    The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 10.52. This version includes some minor improvements, as well as a range of security and bug fixes.



    McAfee Windows XP Problems

    27 April 2010


    If you were affected by the problems caused by McAfee on Windows XP systems, you may be eligible for compensation for any costs incurred in repairing these problems.



    CCleaner 2.31.1153

    27 April 2010


    A new Version 2.31.1153 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version improves Opera, OpenOffice and QuickTime support, and has a range of minor improvements and fixes.



    Steam Client

    27 April 2010


    Valve has released the non-beta version of the New Steam Client. As part of the completely redesigned interface there are a large number of changes, including more prominent community functionality, new ways of viewing your games library and more information about your games, and a range of other improvements and fixes. To obtain the update run Steam then select 'Check for steam client updates' under the File menu.



    Game Patches

    27 April 2010


  • Solium Infernum - 1.06 Patch
  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    24 April 2010


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Sol Survivor - Update via Steam


  • Office 2010

    23 April 2010


    Microsoft has released Office 2010 Released to Manufacturing (RTM) to MSDN and Technet subscribers. There is both a 32-bit and a 64-bit version of Office Professional Plus available. As noted earlier this week, Volume License customers with Software Assurance can access Office 2010 RTM on 27 April, Business customers on 12 May, and then the general public sometime in June 2010.



    Game Patches

    23 April 2010


  • Field of Glory - 1.2.5 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Mount and Blade Warband - 1.113 Patch
  • The Settlers 7 - 1.03 Patch
  • UK Truck Simulator - 1.06 Patch
  • Zombie Driver - 1.1.4 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst 10.4a Preview

    22 April 2010


    ATI has released a Catalyst 10.4a Preview beta graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. This driver fixes long loading times in Battlefield 2: Bad Company.



    McAfee Antivirus Windows XP Problem

    22 April 2010


    A recent security patch released by McAfee is known to cause major issues for Windows XP users. McAfee has released procedures to resolve this issue here and a more user-friendly explanation can be found here.



    Game Patches

    22 April 2010


  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Update via Steam
  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Mount and Blade Warband - 1.112 Patch
  • Operation Barbarossa: The Struggle for Russia - 1.20 Patch
  • Risen - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam
  • Zombie Driver - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Forceware 197.55

    21 April 2010


    Nvidia has released a special official Forceware 197.55 driver for Windows Vista and 7. These drivers are only for GeForce 480 and 470 graphics cards in 4-way SLI configuration. They are available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.



    Chrome 4.1.249.1059

    21 April 2010


    Google has released Version 4.1.249.1059 of the Chrome browser. The changes include a range of security fixes.



    Game Patches

    21 April 2010


  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Update via Steam
  • WinSPWW2 - 4.25 Patch


  • Game Patches

    20 April 2010


  • Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943 - v7E Patch
  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • Doom Rails - Update via Steam
  • Men of War - 1.17.5 Patch
  • Rise of Prussia - 1.02 Patch
  • Trine - Update via Steam


  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    18 April 2010


    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was released in late 2008 for consoles, but almost didn't make it to PC, only coming out at the end of last year. When it finally arrived, the PC version received poor reviews as it was clearly a buggy console port. However Steam is now having a $15 sale on the game, and given it has had a couple of patches, and since I'm a Star Wars fan, I bought it recently and found it's actually reasonably good. It has excellent visuals, an engaging storyline, and while the gameplay is fairly average at times, it also has moments of brilliance and is generally quite fun. To give you an indication of the way it looks and plays as well as the basic storyline, I've made this HD YouTube Video.



    Game Patches

    18 April 2010


  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam


  • Office 2010

    17 April 2010


    Microsoft has announced that Office 2010 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM). MSDN and Technet subscribers will be able to access the RTM version of Office 2010 on 22 April, followed by Volume License customers with Software Assurance on 27 April, Business customers on 12 May, and then the general public sometime in June 2010.



    Game Patches

    17 April 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City - 1.1.1.0 Patch
  • Mount and Blade Warband - 1.111 Patch
  • Sol Survivor - Update via Steam
  • Zombie Driver - 1.1.3 Patch


  • SoundBlaster Audigy 2.18.0017

    17 April 2010


    Creative has released an official 2.18.0017 driver for the majority of the Audigy series under Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver resolves a range of issues.



    Process Explorer 12.03

    16 April 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 12.03 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This update changes the driver name so that it is used even when the previous driver is already loaded.



    Silverlight 4.0

    16 April 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 4.0 of the Silverlight multimedia plugin. The latest version introduces a range of new features including webcam and microphone support, multicast streaming, and support for streaming to multiple monitors, as well as general performance improvements.



    Game Patches

    16 April 2010


  • Order of War - Update via Steam
  • Plain Sight - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Java Runtime Environment 6.20

    15 April 2010


    Sun has released an Update 20 to the Java Runtime Environment 6.



    Process Explorer 12.02

    15 April 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 12.02 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This update fixes a bug with the version for Windows Vista 32-bit which could cause a crash.



    ATI Catalyst 10.4 Preview

    15 April 2010


    ATI has released a Catalyst 10.4 Preview beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series. This driver fixes long loading times in Battlefield 2: Bad Company.



    PerfectDisk 11

    15 April 2010


    Raxco has released Build 170 of the PerfectDisk 11 defragmentation utility.



    Nvidia System Tools 6.06

    15 April 2010


    Nvidia has released Version 6.06 of the Nvidia System Tools, a collection of system monitoring and adjustment utilities.



    Game Patches

    15 April 2010


  • Ace Online - 2.3.0.1 Patch
  • M.U.D TV - 1.0.7 Patch
  • UK Truck Simulator - 1.05 Patch
  • Zombie Driver - 1.1.2 Patch


  • WinZip 14.5

    14 April 2010


    The archival utility WinZip has been upgraded to Version 14.5 Build 9095.



    Adobe Reader 9.3.2

    14 April 2010


    Adobe has released Version 9.3.2 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. This update addresses a critical security vulnerability.



    Game Patches

    14 April 2010


  • Grand Theft Auto IV - 1.0.6.0 Patch


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    14 April 2010


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can get through Windows Update. Alternatively you can view and download them individually from here - click the 'Released' column header once to sort by date.



    Nvidia Forceware 197.45

    14 April 2010


    Nvidia has released the official Forceware 197.45 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300 and ION series cards. The main changes in this driver compared to the previous WHQL release are a fix related to Media Player Classic playback, support for the GPU-accelerated features of Adobe CS5, support for the new version of vReveal, as well as Starcraft 2 Beta and DirectX 8 application fixes. The driver package contains the 1.0.9.1 HD Audio driver and the 9.10.0129 PhysX drivers.



    .NET Framework 4.0

    13 April 2010


    Microsoft has released .NET Framework 4.0. This framework supports new Windows XP, Vista and 7 applications based on .NET 4.0.



    Game Patches

    13 April 2010


  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Zombie Driver - 1.1.1 Patch


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.47

    10 April 2010


    Realtek has released Version 2.47 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Nvidia Forceware 197.41

    10 April 2010


    Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 197.41 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are only for the newly released GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 cards. The driver package also contains the 1.0.9.1 HD Audio driver and the 9.10.0129 PhysX driver.



    Game Patches

    10 April 2010


  • Coniclysm - Update via Steam
  • Distant Worlds - 1.03 Patch
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Wings of Prey - 1.0.3.2 Patch


  • Sandra 2010 SP1d

    9 April 2010


    SiSoftware has released a new 2010 SP1d Build 16.41 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    9 April 2010


  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 April 2010


  • Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 - Update via Steam
  • Arsenal of Democracy - Update via Steam
  • Mount and Blade Warband - Update via Steam
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla - Patch 2
  • Trine - Update via Steam


  • GPU-Z 0.4.2

    7 April 2010


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.4.2. The changes include fixing an issue with the fan losing control when GPU-Z is running, as well as other general fixes.



    Game Patches

    7 April 2010


  • Altitude - Update via Steam
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum - PhysX Patch
  • Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets - 1.20 Patch
  • Mount and Blade Warband - 1.104 Patch


  • Game Patches

    3 April 2010


  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam
  • Mount & Blade: Warband - 1.102 Patch
  • Settlers 7 - Update via Steam


  • Foxit Reader 3.2.1

    2 April 2010


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 3.2.1.0401. This version fixes a security issue.



    Firefox 3.6.3

    2 April 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.6.3 of the Firefox browser. This version contains security fixes.



    Process Explorer 12.01

    2 April 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 12.01 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version fixes two bugs.



    Game Patches

    2 April 2010


  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.3.3 Patch
  • Future Wars - Patch 2
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam


  • FRAPS 3.2.2

    1 April 2010


    A new Version 3.2.2 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes several bugs.



    Game Patches

    1 April 2010


  • Empire: Total War - Update via Steam
  • Eufloria - Update via Steam
  • Shatter - Update via Steam
  • Sol Survivor - Update via Steam
  • WinSPWW2 - 5.0 Patch


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