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August 2012



Windows Update

31 August 2012


Microsoft has released an Update which addresses a JScript scripting engine memory leak on Windows 7.



Chrome 21.0.1180.89

31 August 2012


Google has released Version 21.0.1180.89 of the Chrome browser. This update contains security and bug fixes.



Java Runtime Environment 7.07

31 August 2012


Oracle has released an Update 7 to the Java Runtime Environment 7.



Game Patches

31 August 2012


  • Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue - 1.02 Patch
  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Sleeping Dogs - Update via Steam


  • Opera 12.02

    30 August 2012


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 12.02. This version contains a range stability and security enhancements, and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    30 August 2012


  • Portal 2 - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 5.0.4 Patch


  • Firefox 15.0

    29 August 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 15.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant change is the inclusion of memory optimizations which should improve performance when using multiple add-ons. There is also native support for viewing PDFs within the browser without requiring an add-on, and a new Incontent Preferences method for displaying standard Firefox Options in a tab instead of a separate window - both of these are disabled by default and need to be enabled in About:Config. Full details are on page 3 of the updated Firefox Tweak Guide.



    Game Patches

    29 August 2012


  • Darksiders II - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Max Payne 3 - Update via Steam
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - Update via Steam
  • The Political Machine 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Tower Wars - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    28 August 2012


  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Lunar Flight - Update via Steam
  • Symphony - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce Beta 306.02

    27 August 2012


    Nvidia has released the Beta 306.02 graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It contains performance improvements for the 400, 500 and 600 series, adds Nvidia Control Panel ambient occlusion support for several games, updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    25 August 2012


  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Strategic War in Europe - 1.03 Patch
  • Tower Wars - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 3.22.1800

    24 August 2012


    A new Version 3.22.1800 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. The changes in this version include full support for Windows 8, improvements to the Startup Item tool and Custom Files and Folders, along with various minor improvements and bug fixes.



    FRAPS 3.5.8

    24 August 2012


    A new Version 3.5.8 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes several bugs.



    Game Patches

    24 August 2012


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Dungeons of Dremor - Update via Steam
  • Steam client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Windows Update

    23 August 2012


    Microsoft has released an Update for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and WinHTTP on Windows XP.



    Game Patches

    23 August 2012


  • Brawl Busters - Update via Steam
  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Diablo 3 - 1.04 Patch
  • Distant Worlds - Legends - 1.7.0.16 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead - Update via Steam
  • Scania Truck Driving Simulator - 1.4.0 patch
  • Symphony - Update via Steam


  • Flash Player 11.4.402.265

    22 August 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.4.402.265 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    22 August 2012


  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty - 1.5.2 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    21 August 2012


  • Sniper Elite V2 - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce 305.68

    18 August 2012


    Nvidia has released the 305.68 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is only for the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti card under Windows XP, Vista and 7. It adds support for TXAA, has the latest SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    18 August 2012


  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    17 August 2012


  • Darksiders II - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Sleeping Dogs - Update via Steam


  • Windows 8 Free Evaluation

    16 August 2012


    Microsoft has released a Free Evaluation version of Windows 8. The evaluation copy of Windows 8 Enterprise is valid only for 90 days after activation, and once expired, cannot be upgraded. It is intended for developers, but presents a safe method for those who don't have Technet/MSDN access and want to try the final version of Windows 8 right now.



    AMD Catalyst 12.8

    16 August 2012


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 12.8 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It provides support for DX 11.1 and WDDM 1.2, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    16 August 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 1.4 Patch
  • Iron Brigade - Update via Steam
  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • .NET Framework 4.5

    16 August 2012


    Microsoft has released Version 4.5 of the .NET Framework for Windows Vista, 7 and 8.



    FRAPS 3.5.7

    15 August 2012


    A new Version 3.5.7 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes several bugs.



    Adobe Reader 10.1.4

    15 August 2012


    Adobe has released Version 10.1.4 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Adobe Reader X. This update contains compatibility, security, stability and bug fixes.



    Shockwave 11.6.5.636

    15 August 2012


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.6.5.636 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Java Runtime Environment 7.06

    15 August 2012


    Oracle has released an Update 6 to the Java Runtime Environment 7.



    Game Patches

    15 August 2012


  • Age of Empires Online - Update via Steam
  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Rochard - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    15 August 2012


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can download from here or get through Windows Update.



    Flash Player 11.3.300.271

    15 August 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.271 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Windows 8 RTM

    15 August 2012


    Microsoft has officially released the final Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8. It is now available to MSDN and Technet subscribers, and will be released to the general public on October 26.



    Chrome 21.0.1180.77

    14 August 2012


    Google has released Version 21.0.1180.77 of the Chrome browser. This update contains a fix for Node::attributes disappearing.



    Game Patches

    14 August 2012


  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty - 1.5.1 Patch
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Time of Fury - 1.02 Patch


  • Site Update

    13 August 2012


    For those of you writing to me asking my opinion on Windows 8, I can best summarize it by saying that I have mixed feelings, tending towards the negative. I've been using the Release Preview every day, typically up to 5 hours at a time, for 6 weeks now, and I still do not like the Metro interface (or whatever Microsoft ultimately decides to call it), nor do I find it anything other than a hindrance. There is a jarring transition between Metro and Desktop in Windows 8, especially when you are frequently forced to switch to the fullscreen Metro Start Screen just to do a search for launching a utility for example. Some of the other changes to Windows 8, such as removal of Windows Aero - solely to keep the interface snappy on tablets - is unwarranted on PCs and disappointing. Yet some of the refinements and new features are desirable. The good news is that my opinions are irrelevant, as I am writing the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 8 in neutral terms, purely as a descriptive document. One of the benefits of the book will hopefully be that it will allow you to see the details of all the changes and new features, devoid of hype and speculation, and therefore decide whether it is worth upgrading to Windows 8 to meet your needs.



    GPU-Z 0.6.4

    13 August 2012


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.6.4. Changes include support for new chipsets, a sensor label changed from VReg Temperature to VRM Temperature, as well as various bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    13 August 2012


  • Symphony - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    12 August 2012


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Unity of Command - 1.3 Patch


  • Chrome 21.0.1180.75

    11 August 2012


    Google has released Version 21.0.1180.75 of the Chrome browser. This update contains a range of security and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    11 August 2012


  • Awesomenauts - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Legends of Pegasus - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Windows Camera Codec Pack

    10 August 2012


    Microsoft has released a new version of the Camera Codec Pack for Windows Vista and 7. This pack allows the viewing of proprietary RAW format camera images in Windows imaging utilities such as Photo Gallery.



    Game Patches

    10 August 2012


  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Space Pirates and Zombies - Update via Steam
  • Space Pirates and Zombies - Update via Steam
  • Total War: Shogun 2 / Fall of the Samurai - Update via Steam


  • Windows Essentials 2012

    9 August 2012


    Microsoft has updated the Windows Essentials 2012 package, which contains a range of programs including Windows Live Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. Several new features have been added.



    Game Patches

    9 August 2012


  • APB Reloaded - Update via Steam
  • Dungeon Defenders - Update via Steam
  • Dynamite Jack - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 August 2012


  • Death Rally - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • The Political Machine 2012 - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Autoruns 11.33

    7 August 2012


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 11.33, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes an elevation bug.



    Game Patches

    7 August 2012


  • Lunar Flight - Update via Steam
  • World of Tanks - 0.7.5 Patch


  • Game Patches

    4 August 2012


  • Steel Storm: Burning Retribution - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Flash Player 11.3.300.270

    4 August 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.270 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.


    Update: It seems the download will not be available from the main page, but can be obtained here.



    Opera 12.01

    3 August 2012


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 12.01. This version contains a range stability and security enhancements, and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    3 August 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • Panzer Corps - 1.10 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Warlock - Master of the Arcane - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    2 August 2012


  • Dungeons of Dremor - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Condemned Heroes - Update via Steam
  • Rochard - Update via Steam
  • Spiral Knights - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    1 August 2012


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 21.0.1180.60

    1 August 2012


    Google has released Version 21.0.1180.60 of the Chrome browser. This update contains a new API for high-quality video and audio, as well as a large number of security and bug fixes.



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