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August 2016



Nvidia GeForce 372.70 WHQL

31 August 2016


Nvidia has released the 372.70 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It provides the best experience in World of Warcraft: Legion, Battlefield 1: Open Beta, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Quantum Break. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.16.0318 and GeForce Experience version 2.11.4.



Firefox 48.0.2

25 August 2016


Mozilla has released Version 48.0.2 of the Firefox browser. This version fixes a startup crash bug.



Windows Updates

24 August 2016


Microsoft has released a cumulative update for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, with the changes noted here.



Firefox 48.0.1

19 August 2016


Mozilla has released Version 48.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This version provides bug fixes.



Cumulative Updates for Windows 7 & 8.1

17 August 2016


Microsoft has announced that starting in October 2016, Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer receive individual security, feature and reliability updates. These updates will instead all be delivered in a single Monthly Rollup package, much like Windows 10's monthly Cumulative Updates.



CCleaner 5.21

17 August 2016


A new Version 5.21.5700 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improved Chrome cleaning, improved auto-update and crash reporting, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.



Windows Updates

17 August 2016


Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.



WinRAR 5.40

17 August 2016


The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 5.40. Changes include a new name encoding option, improved new folder name feature, improved 7z support, increased maximum comment length, and bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 372.54 WHQL

16 August 2016


Nvidia has released the 372.54 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It provides the best experience in No Manís Sky, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Obduction, F1 2016, and the Paragon Open Beta. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.16.0318 and GeForce Experience version 2.11.4.



AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.2

13 August 2016


AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.8.2 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver adds support for No Man's Sky and Paragon Open Beta, and provides bug fixes.



Intel Skylake Support on Windows 7 & 8.1

12 August 2016


Microsoft has announced that is reversing its decision to restrict Intel Skylake support to Windows 10, and will now support the 6th generation Intel Core CPUs on Windows 7 and 8.1 until their end of support date of 2020 and 2023 respectively.



GPU-Z 1.10.0

11 August 2016


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 1.10.0. Changes include support for new chipsets and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

10 August 2016


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes a cumulative update for Windows 10, with the changes noted here.



AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.1

9 August 2016


AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.8.1 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver adds support for the Radeon RX470 and RX460 GPUs, a new CrossFire profile for F1 2016, and provides a range of bug fixes.



Foxit Reader 8.0.2

9 August 2016


The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 8.0.2.0805. This version adds ADAL authentication, provides ConnectedPDF improvements, as well as security and bug fixes.



Windows 10 Anniversary Update Problems

7 August 2016


Quite a few people have been reporting serious issues with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, such as the system completely freezing. I agree with articles like this one on InfoWorld that the Anniversary Update should not be installed, with more details on several methods of how to block it from automatically installing in the aforementioned article. I've blocked the Anniversary Update on my own system. Forced buggy updates are just one of the reasons why I do not recommend using Windows 10.



Chrome 52.0

4 August 2016


Google has released Version 52.0.2743.116 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.



Classic Shell Malware Warning

3 August 2016


An important warning that, as reported here, the latest version of the free Classic Shell start menu replacement utility may contain malware that can overwrite your Master Boot Record. For an uninfected copy, download the utility directly from the author's website here.



Windows 10 Anniversary Update

3 August 2016


Microsoft has released a major Update for Windows 10. Technically it is Version 1607 of Windows 10, but it is dubbed the Anniversary Update. This is a free update for all Windows 10 users, containing a large number of changes and fixes, as detailed in this article. This major update will install automatically on all existing versions of Windows 10 via Windows Update, or you can download a new ISO of Windows 10 including the Anniversary Update as detailed here. If you wish, you can delay its installation for several months on Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise by going to Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update>Advanced Options and ticking the 'Defer upgrades' box.



Firefox 48.0

3 August 2016


Mozilla has released Version 48.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes in this update include process separation, greater protection against harmful downloads, and blocking of unverified add-ons, along with general security and bug fixes.



Opera 39.0

3 August 2016


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 39.0.2256.43. This version improves the video pop out feature, adds a personalized newsreader, improved search, and provides security and bug fixes.



CPU-Z 1.77

3 August 2016


A new Version 1.77 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version adds a benchmark submit and compare feature, a new system-wide real-time clock speed feature, and provides support for new chipsets as well as providing bug fixes.



iTunes 12.4.3

2 August 2016


Apple has released a new Version 12.4.3 of the iTunes software. This version fixes a playlist bug.



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