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January 2008



Nvidia Official Forceware 169.32

31 January 2008


Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 169.32 for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are WHQL certified and specifically designed only for the new 8800 GS graphics card; as such you need to select 'GeForce 8800 GS' as the Product at the link above to access them.



Game Patches

31 January 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5010 Patch
  • Crazy Tao - 9028 Patch
  • D&D Online - Thirteenth Eclipse Update
  • Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder - 1.02 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.7141 Patch
  • Zero Online - 2782 Patch


  • Spybot 1.5.2

    30 January 2008


    The free adware/spyware scanner Spybot has been updated to Version 1.5.2. The changes include bug fixes and performance improvements.



    PerfectDisk 2008

    30 January 2008


    Raxco has released a new PerfectDisk 2008 version of their defragmentation software. This new version has a redesigned interface, several new features and improved performance.



    Realtek AC97 Audio 6.2.80

    30 January 2008


    Realtek has released Version 6.2.80 of its AC97 audio drivers for Vista.



    Game Patches

    30 January 2008


  • Carriers at War - 1.02 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam


  • Logitech SetPoint 4.40

    29 January 2008


    Logitech has released Version 4.40 of the SetPoint software for mice and keyboards.



    Windows 7

    29 January 2008


    As reported earlier, there has been widespread speculation that Windows 7 may be released in 2009. Microsoft has confirmed recently that as per their original plans, this is not the case, and that Windows 7 is planned for release "3 years since the release of Vista" (i.e. 2010), and more specifically, that the actual date depends on meeting certain quality conditions, so it may take even longer.



    Game Patches

    29 January 2008


  • Agatha Christie: Evil Under the Sun - Patch 1
  • Dominions 3: The Awakening - 3.14 Patch
  • Falcon 4: Allied Force - 1.0.13 Patch
  • Gladiator Trials II - 1.2 Patch
  • Madden NFL 08 - Roster Patch 3
  • The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins - 1.6 Patch
  • Theater of War - 1.10.0.81 Patch
  • Universal Combat: CE - 1.00.04.01 Patch


  • Game Patches

    26 January 2008


  • HL2: Episode 2 / Portal - Update via Steam
  • Speedball 2 Tournament - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Windows 7

    25 January 2008


    Microsoft appears to have released the first Milestone 1 (M1) build of the next-generation Windows OS - codenamed 'Windows 7' - earlier this month. While still surrounded in rumor and mystery, there are some speculated details regarding Windows 7, including an alleged hands-on account of its usage, and some recent purported screenshots. Windows 7 has a potential release date of late 2009, but once again it must be stressed that Microsoft has not confirmed any of these details. It is still very early in the development stage of the next Windows, so many things, including key features and the release date, may change dramatically.



    Game Patches

    25 January 2008


  • Europa Universalis 3: Napoleon's Ambition - 2.2 Patch
  • Infinity Combat Prototype - 2.2a Patch
  • John Tiller's Battleground Civil War - 1.01 Patch


  • Game Patches

    24 January 2008


  • Albatross 18 - 4.06 Patch
  • Anarchy Online - 17.7.2 Patch
  • Anarchy Online: Shadowlands - 17.7.2 Patch
  • Close Combat: Modern Tactics - Patch 1
  • Threadspace: Hyperbol - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    23 January 2008


  • Hellgate: London - 1.0 Patch
  • Voyage Century - 0.37 Patch


  • Windows Updates

    23 January 2008


    Microsoft has released a range of non-critical updates for Windows XP and Vista. You can view and download them from here. Note in particular that there is an Update for improving performance on Multi-GPU setups under Windows Vista.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.85

    22 January 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.85 of its HD Audio drivers.



    vLite 1.1

    22 January 2008


    The final Version 1.1 of the Windows Vista installation customization utility vLite has been released.



    Game Patches

    22 January 2008


  • Depths of Peril - 1.007 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Napoleon in Italy - 1.05 Patch
  • World of Warcraft - 2.3.3 Patch


  • Game Patches

    19 January 2008


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Painkiller: Overdose - Patch 1


  • Winamp 5.52

    18 January 2008


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.52. Changes include a range of fixes and improvements.



    Game Patches

    18 January 2008


  • Advanced Tactics: World War II - 1.10L Patch
  • Handball Manager 2008 - 1.3.1 Patch
  • Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer - 1.01 Patch
  • StarCraft - 1.15.2 Patch
  • StarCraft: Broodwar - 1.15.2 Patch


  • CCleaner 2.04.543

    17 January 2008


    A new Version 2.04.543 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version fixes several bugs, adds the option to minimize to system tray, and improves analysis and cleanup speed.



    ATI Catalyst 8.1

    17 January 2008


    ATI has released the Catalyst 8.1 graphics driver. The driver introduces Multiview support, as well as a range of fixes.



    iTunes 7.6

    16 January 2008


    Apple has released an update for iTunes, bringing it up to Version 7.6. This version fixes bugs, adds support for movie rentals, Apple TV and importantly introduces support for 64-bit Windows Vista.


    Update: For 64-bit users to get the page to determine that you're running a 64-bit OS and give you the correct download link use IE7, or use this direct link to the 64-bit version.



    QuickTime 7.4

    16 January 2008


    Apple has released a new Version 7.4 of the QuickTime media player. This version fixes several security holes and supports the new version of iTunes.



    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 1.4 Patch

    16 January 2008


    A major 1.4 Patch has been released for ET:QW, bringing with it a large number of fixes and new features. I will update the ETQW Tweak Guide shortly for all the changes introduced in this patch.


    Update: The Guide has been updated, see pages 4, 5 and 9 in particular for the changes.



    Vista SP1 RC Security Patch

    16 January 2008


    Microsoft has released a security patch for those testing the Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate. You can download the 32-bit or 64-bit version as relevant.



    Game Patches

    16 January 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5009 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.6668 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1091 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Hornet Leader - 1.2 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • FRAPS 2.9.4

    15 January 2008


    A new Version 2.9.4 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. The changes include several fixes, better support for 64-bit Windows, and improved compatibility with third party graphics utilities.



    Game Patches

    15 January 2008


  • Depths of Peril - 1.006 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Java Runtime Environment 6.4

    14 January 2008


    Sun has released an Update 4 to the Java Runtime Environment 6. This is not an essential update but if you run Java-based applications it is recommended.



    SoundBlaster X-Fi 2.14.0001 Beta

    13 January 2008


    Creative has released a Beta 2.14.0001 driver for the X-Fi series under Windows XP. These drivers resolve issues on systems with 4GB of RAM as well as fixing I/O detection issues.



    Game Patches

    13 January 2008


  • Supreme Commander - 1.1.3280 Patch


  • Vista SP1 RC Refresh Public

    12 January 2008


    After releasing a Refresh of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) to testers a few days ago, it is now Publicly Available for everyone to download. Detailed installation instructions are at the link above, and note that the final release of Vista SP1 may be as early as next month.



    AutoRuns 9.02

    12 January 2008


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.02, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a single bug where Autoruns would crash when deleting the last item on the Everything page.



    AMD Power Monitor 1.2.0

    12 January 2008


    AMD has released Version 1.2.0 of the Power Monitor utility. This utility displays the current frequency, voltage, utilization and power savings of each core of an AMD CPU.



    Game Patches

    12 January 2008


  • Age of Armor - 1.0.0.16 Patch
  • Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Grey - 1.2 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 169.28

    11 January 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 169.28 for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers improve SLI performance on version 1.1 of Crysis. Confusingly, although these drivers were released just today, they have the same version number but a different change list as these drivers released to resolve UT3 issues last month.


    Update: The problem of game profile Anti-Aliasing not working properly is still present in this version.



    Game Patches

    11 January 2008


  • Prey - 1.4 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    10 January 2008


  • Counter Strike / Condition Zero - Update via Steam


  • RealPlayer 11

    10 January 2008


    RealNetworks has released the final version of the free RealPlayer 11 media player.



    Crysis 1.1 Patch

    9 January 2008


    The highly anticipated 1.1 Patch has been released for Crysis. Aside from containing a range of fixes and multiplayer tweaks, the patch also supposedly improves performance in both DX9 and DX10 modes, and on SLI/Crossfire setups. I tested the patch in both DX9 and DX10 mode, and in DX9 there wasn't any difference in performance whatsoever. DX10 mode did show some increase in FPS in some areas, but a notable decrease in FPS on the Ice level, however your results may vary. Note that the patch also adds a couple of new options and a new benchmark, and I've covered these on pages 4,5,7,10 and 13 of the updated Crysis Tweak Guide.


    Update: Some users are having problems installing the patch, such as seeing Error 1334 - this appears to be a bug in the installer. The main solutions include changing your Crysis intro movie files back to their original names and location before patching, and also uninstalling and reinstalling Crysis and then attempting to patch again.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    9 January 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.



    Game Patches

    8 January 2008


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • VIA Hyperion Pro 5.15A

    8 January 2008


    VIA has released the Hyperion Pro 5.15A chipset drivers for VIA-based motherboards.



    CPU-Z 1.43

    6 January 2008


    A new Version 1.43 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version includes support for new CPUs and chipsets and fixes a detection issue on unlocked Phenoms.



    AutoRuns 9.01

    5 January 2008


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.01, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a bug and adds awareness of several more shell extensions.



    Game Patches

    4 January 2008


  • Ageod's American Civil War - 1.08 Patch
  • Warsow - 0.32 Patch


  • Game Patches

    3 January 2008


  • Panzer Campaigns: Smolensk '41 - 1.15 Patch
  • Phoenix Dynasty Online - 7125 Patch
  • Universal Combat: CE - 1.00.04 Patch


  • Game Patches

    1 January 2008


  • Armageddon Empires - 1.06a Patch
  • Conquer Online - 5007 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1090 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Zero Online - 2776 Patch


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