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February 2007



Windows Patches

28 February 2007


Microsoft has released several non-critical Patches for various versions of Windows, including two for XP and one for Vista.



Game Patches

28 February 2007


  • Zen of Sudoku - Update via Steam


  • Dark Messiah 1.04 Multiplayer Patch

    27 February 2007


    Arkane have released a 1.04 MP Patch for Dark Messiah of Might & Magic. The patch adds four new maps, a new game mode and a range of bug fixes, and is available through Steam. There are no significant changes to the DMOMM Tweak Guide.



    Browser Attacks & Phishing Sites On the Rise

    27 February 2007


    It appears that both Browser Vulnerabilities and Phishing Sites are rapidly increasing, outpacing fixes and built-in phishing protection. The upshot is that you shouldn't just rely on your browser to protect you while online.



    Firefox Javascript Vulnerability

    27 February 2007


    A critical Javascript vulnerability is affecting Firefox, including version 2.0.0.2. Mozilla suggests that users disable Javascript to prevent the vulnerability being exploited.



    Game Patches

    27 February 2007


  • Falcon 4.0: Allied Force - 1.1.0 Patch
  • Soldiers: Heroes of WWII - 1.28 Patch
  • Soldiers: Heroes of WWII - Vista Patch
  • The Ship - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

    25 February 2007


    Microsoft has released the free Virtual PC 2007. This software allows you to create 'virtual machines' within your current operating system, each with their own OS and settings.



    Firefox 2.0.0.2

    24 February 2007


    Mozilla have released what appears to be the final version of Firefox 2.0.0.2 on the Mozilla FTP server, and the official change list will appear here. The update should be on the main Firefox site and available through the built-in updater soon, so it may be best to wait to obtain it that way.


    Update: It is now officially available on the main site.



    Game Patches

    24 February 2007


  • Evil Dead Regeneration - 1.01 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2 Blitzkrieg - 1.06 Patch
  • Supreme Commander - 3217 Patch


  • Realtek HD Audio 1.60 for Vista

    23 February 2007


    Realtek has released the HD Audio 1.60 drivers for use in Vista.



    Game Patches

    23 February 2007


  • Flashpoint Germany - 1.12 Patch
  • Sherlock Holmes The Awakened - 1.1 Patch
  • Xiah - 3.79 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst 7.2

    22 February 2007


    ATI has released the 7.2 Catalyst graphics drivers for XP and Vista. Changes include a new Catalyst Control Center for XP and performance improvements for X1000 series cards in OpenGL. I will update the ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide after the TGTC for Vista is released.



    Battlefield 2142 1.20 Patch

    22 February 2007


    EA/DICE have released the final version of the 1.20 Patch for BF2142. This patch contains a range of fixes and is recommended to all BF2142 players. Note the incremental version of this patch is only for those who were involved in the open beta of the 1.20 patch; everyone else needs to use the full version patch even to upgrade from 1.10. I have updated the BF2142 Tweak Guide but there are no significant changes.



    Game Patches

    22 February 2007


  • FIFA 07 - Roster Update 1
  • Football Manager 2007 - 7.02 Patch
  • Worldwide Soccer Manager - 7.02 Patch


  • Browser Loyalty

    22 February 2007


    I don't normally do editorials, however recently I reported a security flaw in Firefox with a fix yet to be released. I suggested people use Internet Explorer for sensitive sites until Firefox is patched, to which I got many emails suggesting workarounds and other methods which seem to be more trouble than simply using IE for a while. It got me thinking about the 'browser loyalty' mentality which is proliferating around the web, product loyalty which makes no sense at all. A browser is a tool. If you have two tools which do much the same job and one of them breaks, logic would dictate you use the other tool until the first one is fixed, right? If your online security is at stake, why play favorites? I even see people using tools like nLite or vLite to permanently remove Internet Explorer from their Windows installation disc. To me that's just pointless; fanboyism gone mad. IE7, Firefox and Opera are all viable, secure and generally easy to use browsers. Learn to adapt: install several browsers and if one is less secure, while a fix is being prepared switch to another one.


    Update: For those of you still questioning this advice, I elaborate my thoughts here.



    Update for Windows XP

    21 February 2007


    Microsoft have released an Update which addresses access violation errors in Windows XP.



    Nvidia Forceware 100.65 for Vista

    21 February 2007


    Nvidia have released the final WHQL Forceware 100.65 for Vista graphics drivers, including a 64-bit version. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7 and 8 series cards, but don't yet contain full SLI functionality for all cards in all APIs.



    Game Patches

    20 February 2007


  • Alien Arena 2007 - 6.03 Patch Fix
  • Codename: Panzers - 1.20 Patch
  • Codename: Panzers Phase Two - 1.07 Patch


  • Firefox Cookie Exploit

    19 February 2007


    A major exploit in Firefox lets attackers use altered cookies to allow phishing attacks to go undetected. At present there is no fix for this issue, so you might like to use Internet Explorer to access sensitive websites for the moment until Mozilla releases a fix.



    Site Update

    19 February 2007


    Another weekly status report on the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Vista. The good news is it is now almost ready for release. It should only be a few more days before I can let it loose on the world, and it has grown to over 245 pages in size (without pictures). I'm exhausted but proud. The next step will be to update all the existing guides, particularly the ATI and Nvidia Tweak Guides, to make them Vista compatible. That will likely take more time, but for the moment sit tight and the TGTC for Vista should be here shortly.



    Acronis TrueImage 10 Update

    17 February 2007


    Acronis have released a new Build 4940 of the TrueImage 10 backup utility. Among the improvements are fixes for working better under Vista.



    Battlefield 2142 Unlock Weekend

    17 February 2007


    EA have announced that this weekend all BF2142 unlocks will be available to all players, giving everyone a chance to see what the unlockable weapons are like.



    Major Router Hack Emerges

    17 February 2007


    A major new hack has emerged which involves malicious javascript on a website changing the DNS configuration of home routers. This will then allow phishing attacks to be undertaken without the user being aware. The hack capitalizes on the fact that most people do not change their router's configuration login password from the default of 'admin'. To login to your router's configuration screen you typically need to enter the address http://192.168.1.1 in a browser address bar, then use the username and/or password of admin. I recommend you do this now, and check to see where you can change the password - change it to something safer than 'admin'. If you aren't sure how to do this check your router manufacturer's website.



    Game Patches

    16 February 2007


  • Beyond Divinity - 1.49 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.0.1 Patch
  • Post Time - 1.01 Patch
  • World of Warcraft - 2.08 Patch


  • Daylight Savings Impact

    16 February 2007


    Microsoft has issued an Advisory on the impact of recent changes to US Daylight Savings Time which starts on March 11 this year. Vista users are unaffected, and XP users should run Windows Update and install all relevant updates as there is a fix for this. However as the advisory notes this change can also affect other types of consumer electronics.



    Prey 1.3 Patch

    15 February 2007


    Human Head Studios have released the 1.3 Patch for Prey. This patch does not have any new content or bug fixes, it is designed to allow PC players of Prey to be able to play against Mac players in multiplayer. As such there are no real changes to the Prey Tweak Guide.



    CPU-Z 1.39

    15 February 2007


    CPUID have released Version 1.39 of the CPU-Z information utility. It now supports Vista 64-bit as well as some new chipsets.



    WinAmp 5.33

    15 February 2007


    Nullsoft has released Version 5.33 of the free WinAmp media player. Changes include a range of optimizations and fixes.


    Update: Some people may see only 5.32 displayed, this appears to be due to the main WinAmp site being under load and possibly reverting to an older mirror at times. Here is the direct download link to WinAmp 5.33 Lite.



    Game Patches

    15 February 2007


  • Company of Heroes - 1.5 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1.047 Patch
  • Maximum Football - 1.3.149 Patch
  • Race The WTCC Games - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 100.64 for Vista

    14 February 2007


    Nvidia have released a new Beta Forceware 100.64 graphics driver for Vista. Most notably this driver adds support for the new 320MB 8800GTS.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.59 for Vista

    14 February 2007


    Realtek has released the HD Audio 1.59 drivers for use in Vista.



    DreamScene Animated Desktop

    14 February 2007


    Microsoft has released a preview of the Windows DreamScene animated desktop for Vista Ultimate owners. Those running Vista Ultimate can find it under their Windows Update. WinCustomize has opened a new Dream WinCustomize site to showcase custom animated desktops for use with DreamScene.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    14 February 2007


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of security updates which you can get through Windows Update, or if not there by viewing and downloading them from here. There are several important security updates you should install as soon as possible.



    Game Patches

    14 February 2007


  • DOFUS - 1.17.0 Patch
  • Star Wars Empire at War: Forces of Corruption - Map Pack 2
  • World of Warcraft - 2.07 Patch


  • Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool

    13 February 2007


    Microsoft has released the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool, ahead of a range of security patches to be released tomorrow.



    Game Patches

    13 February 2007


  • Dangerous Waters - Update via Steam
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 - 1.1 Patch


  • Razer Diamondback 6.00 Driver

    13 February 2007


    Razer have released a new Version 6.00 driver for the Diamondback mouse under XP and apparently also Vista.



    Game Patches

    12 February 2007


  • Star Trek: Legacy - 1.2 Patch


  • Nvidia Quality Assurance

    11 February 2007


    After recent complaints and legal threats regarding the lack of adequate Nvidia graphics drivers for Windows Vista, Nvidia has put together a Quality Assurance page which responds to criticisms and importantly provides an avenue for Vista users to report bugs to Nvidia. If you are having problems with your Nvidia graphics card under Vista and suspect it to be driver related, report the bug as this will help speed up the release of stable final version Nvidia drivers.



    Site Update

    11 February 2007


    Not surprisingly I find myself telling you yet again that the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Vista is still not finished. It's grown to around 220 pages due to the detail I've added on new features and settings in Vista, and as mentioned before the vast bulk of the guide has been totally rewritten. I'm on the home stretch now and should have the guide finished by this time next week, no guarantees though. Sit tight and don't send that hate mail until you see for yourself if I've made the wait worthwhile.



    Game Patches

    9 February 2007


  • John Deere American Builder - 1.1 Patch
  • The Ship - Update via Steam


  • Diskeeper 2007 Update

    9 February 2007


    Diskeeper Corp has released an updated Build 698 of the Diskeeper defragmentation utility for XP. To obtain this update open Diskeeper, go to Configure Diskeeper>Updates and Upgrades and click 'Check Now'.



    Steam Client Update

    9 February 2007


    Valve have released a Steam Client Update which adds language support for Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish and fixes some bugs.



    Quake 4 Beta 1.40 Patch

    9 February 2007


    id Software have released a major Beta 1.40 Patch for Quake 4, containing a wide range of changes for multiplayer.



    Firefox 3.0 Alpha 2

    8 February 2007


    For those interested in experimenting, Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0 Alpha 2. Since this is an alpha build, it is only recommended for people who want to test and report bugs to Mozilla, but it gives a glimpse into the next generation of the Firefox browser.



    Realtek AC97 3.98 Audio Drivers

    8 February 2007


    Realtek have updated their AC97 audio drivers for all operating systems to Version 3.98.



    Game Patches

    8 February 2007


  • Uncommon Valor - 2.5 Patch


  • Nvidia NForce Drivers for Vista

    7 February 2007


    Nvidia has released a range of NForce Drivers for Vista, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The NForce4, NForce5 and NForce6 series motherboards all appear to have new drivers available.



    Amnesty Sidebar Generator for Vista

    7 February 2007


    The free Amnesty Sidebar Generator is a utility which allows Vista users to convert any web widget, game or video into a Vista Sidebar gadget.



    Game Patches

    7 February 2007


  • Gary Grigsby's World at War - 1.010 Patch
  • Il Sturmovik: 1946 - 4.08 Patch
  • Race The WTCC Game - Update via Steam
  • Longest Journey - 1.60 Patch
  • Xiah - 373 Patch


  • Sandra Lite 2007 Update

    6 February 2007


    SiSoftware have released an updated Build 11.22 'SP1' of the free system information utility Sandra Lite 2007 XI.



    Game Patches

    6 February 2007


  • Ship Simulator 2006 - 1.8 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1.045 Patch


  • iTunes Repair Tool for Vista

    6 February 2007


    Apple have released an iTunes Repair Tool to resolve some compatibility issues with iTunes under Windows Vista. There is also additional advice about iTunes Vista compatibility here.



    Creative Vista Sound Driver Delays

    5 February 2007


    For X-Fi and Audigy owners waiting for final non-beta Vista-compatible sound drivers from Creative, this official update on the Creative forums explains that they are not expected to be out until March. Creative sound card owners will have to continue using the beta drivers available, despite there being problems for some users with these. It is very unfortunate that major hardware companies like Creative and Nvidia (see below) cannot coordinate themselves to release final quality drivers to coincide with the release of a major new OS despite months of preparation time.



    Site Update

    4 February 2007


    Yes, I'm still working hard to complete the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Vista. It's now taking up most of my day, every single day, so it's no picnic. I still can't say exactly when it will be out, possibly in the coming week, maybe February 14 at the latest. Just explaining all of Vista's new features accurately is a huge chore, much less formulating good recommendations and adding a suite of tips and tweaks. I wish the people who are saying Vista is just XP with a few changes were right, but a lot has changed. So much so that I estimate over 75% of the 175+ pages of TGTC text has had to be completely rewritten.



    PerfectDisk 8 Update

    4 February 2007


    Raxco have updated PerfectDisk 8 to Build 8.00.50, and it is now certified for Windows Vista as well.



    Game Patches

    4 February 2007


  • Mystery of the Druids - Vista Compatibility Patch
  • Quake 4 - Community Map Pack


  • Doom 3 1.3.1 Patch

    3 February 2007


    In a sign of great support for an ageing but classic game, id Software have released the 1.3.1 Patch for Doom 3. This patch fixes a few small bugs, and importantly it improves Vista compatibility. Considering how solid Doom 3 already is, I'm impressed with the ongoing support for the game.



    Battlefield 2142 1.19b Beta Patch

    3 February 2007


    EA Games have released a new 1.19b Beta Patch for BF2142. The main changes in the patch are detailed here, and clearly since this is a beta patch, it is only recommended for those who want to experiment. Note that although it is called 1.19b it is a beta of the upcoming 1.2 patch.



    Nvidia Owners Considering Class Action

    3 February 2007


    Many Nvidia owners are quite rightly displeased with the way Nvidia has not yet been able to release final version Vista-compatible graphics drivers. As we've seen in the past few days, Nvidia has released two beta Vista drivers within two days, which is not a good sign. And while some are not experiencing problems with them, others are. To his credit, one owner has set up a site called NvidiaClassAction.org to gather actual evidence about this matter and discuss the issue maturely, as well as possibly pursuing legal avenues in forcing Nvidia to deliver quality drivers for Vista. For the record I agree that this situation is absurd, since Vista Beta and Release Candidates have been out for over four months now, plenty of time for Nvidia to either deliver quality drivers or at least warn potential purchasers of their cards about Vista incompatibility issues.



    DirectX9.0c February Update

    3 February 2007


    Microsoft has released the February Update for DirectX9.0c. It is generally recommended that all XP users upgrade to the latest version.



    Game Patches

    3 February 2007


  • NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 07 - 3.0.3 Patch
  • Stronghold Legends - 1.2 Patch
  • The Ship - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 1.37.456

    2 February 2007


    A new Version 1.37.456 of the system cleanup utility CCleaner has been released. The changes include improved Vista and 64-bit compatibility.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 100.59 for Vista

    2 February 2007


    Nvidia has released another Official Beta Forceware 100.59 for Vista 32-bit and 64-bit. These drivers appear to support Geforce 6/7/8 series cards, and add SLI and OpenGL functionality as well. It is unusual that Nvidia have released two beta drivers in the space of two days.



    VIA Hyperion Pro 5.11A for Vista

    2 February 2007


    VIA have released new Hyperion Pro 5.11A for Vista chipset drivers. These are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.



    Diskeeper 2007 Update

    1 February 2007


    Diskeeper Corp has released a new Build 693 of Diskeeper 2007 for XP. To get the update launch Diskeeper 2007, go to Configure Diskeeper>Updates & Upgrades and click the 'Check Now' button.



    Game Patches

    1 February 2007


  • Dominions 3: The Awakening - 3.06 Patch
  • Rush for Berlin - 1.23 Patch
  • RuneSword - 1.05 Patch
  • RuneSword 2 - 2.4.9a Patch
  • Sims 2: Pets - 1.6.0.273 Patch


  • Vista Upgrade Edition Clean Install From Boot

    1 February 2007


    As reported earlier, using a Vista Upgrade Edition usually requires that you first boot into an existing install of an older version of Windows before you can start the installation from the Vista DVD and choose the Clean Install option. A workaround has been published which allows you to boot from a Vista Upgrade Edition DVD and clean install without having to load up or install an older version of Windows first. Others have confirmed that this works.



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