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January 2010



Game Patches

30 January 2010


  • Gratuitous Space Battles - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 2.28.1091

    29 January 2010


    A new Version 2.28.1091 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds support for custom locations for applications, improves Windows 7 Jumplist and toolbar support, adds new command line parameters, and has a range of other improvements and fixes.



    ATI Catalyst Mass Effect 2 Hotfix

    29 January 2010


    ATI has released a Mass Effect 2 Hotfix graphics driver. This hotfix driver resolves the problem of Anti-aliasing not being available in Mass Effect 2 on CrossFireX configurations.



    Game Patches

    29 January 2010


  • Alien vs. Predator Classic 2000 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst 10.1

    28 January 2010


    ATI has released the Catalyst 10.1 graphics drivers for the HD2000 series and newer. This version contains performance improvements in Left 4 Dead 2 and Crysis on the HD5000 series, as well as a range of fixes.



    Game Patches

    28 January 2010


  • Bob Came in Pieces - Update via Steam
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - 1.02 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 196.34

    27 January 2010


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 196.34 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. They fix a bug in the 196.21 Forceware drivers which prevented GPU overclocking. The package also contains the 9.09.1112 PhysX drivers.



    Windows Updates

    27 January 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.



    Game Patches

    27 January 2010


  • Painkiller: Resurrection - Update via Steam
  • Solium Infernum - 1.05a Patch


  • Chrome 4.0.249.78

    26 January 2010


    Google has released Version 4.0.249.78 of the Chrome browser. This is a major release, adding support for extensions and bookmark sync along with performance improvements. You can download a range of Chrome extensions from the Extensions Gallery.



    Game Patches

    26 January 2010


  • Avatar: The Game - 1.02 Patch
  • Nation Red - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Zero Gear - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    24 January 2010


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.41

    23 January 2010


    Realtek has released Version 2.41 of its HD Audio drivers.



    IntelliType Pro 7.1

    23 January 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 7.1 of its IntelliType Pro keyboard drivers.



    Game Patches

    23 January 2010


  • Atlantica Online - 21505 Patch
  • Nation Red - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos - 1.24d Patch
  • Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne - 1.24d Patch
  • Zero Gear - Update via Steam
  • Zombie Driver - 1.06 Patch


  • Internet Explorer Security Update

    22 January 2010


    Microsoft has released a critical Security Update for various versions of Internet Explorer in Windows. This update addresses a recently discovered security vulnerability. It is available from the link above or via Windows Update.



    Firefox 3.6

    22 January 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.6 of the Firefox browser. This is a major release, as it updates Firefox with a range of changes, most of which are under the hood, resulting in faster performance, greater stability and support for new web technologies. Aside from the speed improvements, the most obvious new features of Firefox 3.6 include Personas which allow users to quickly preview and apply simple themes to the browser, and a new Tab Switcher window. I have updated the Firefox Tweak Guide for Firefox 3.6, and major changes are denoted in bold.



    Game Patches

    22 January 2010


  • Altitude - Update via Steam
  • Dark Void - PhysX Patch
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Postal 2: Share the Pain - 1409X Patch
  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter - Update via Steam
  • Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare - 1.06a Patch


  • Windows Experience Pack

    21 January 2010


    Microsoft has released the Windows Experience Pack. This Pack allows you to customize a theme for Windows Live Messenger and/or your Windows Desktop.



    Game Patches

    21 January 2010


  • SpaceForce Rogue Universe - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Silverlight 3.0.50106.0

    20 January 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 3.0.50106.0 of the Silverlight multimedia plugin.



    Shockwave 11.5.6.606

    20 January 2010


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.5.6.606 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    20 January 2010


  • Aliens vs. Predator Classic 2000 - Update via Steam
  • Race 07 - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia Forceware 196.21

    19 January 2010


    Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 196.21 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. These WHQL drivers add SLI and multi-GPU support for a range of games including Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dirt 2 and Serious Sam HD. They also contain various bug fixes. The driver package contains the 9.09.1112 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    19 January 2010


  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Zero Gear - Update via Steam
  • Zombilution - 1.01 Patch


  • Game Patches

    17 January 2010


  • Divinity 2: Ego Draconis - 1.03 Patch
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla - 1.0.1.0 Patch


  • SoundBlaster X-Fi Updates

    15 January 2010


    Creative has released a Product Identification Module Update for the Soundblaster X-Fi and X-Fi Titanium series. This update resolves a hardware/device detection issue under Windows 7. A 1.01.0099 Driver Pack has also been released for the X-Fi Surround 5.1 series.



    Game Patches

    15 January 2010


  • Guns of August - 1.34 Patch
  • Madballs in Babo: Invasion - Update via Steam
  • WW2: Time of Wrath - 1.70 Patch


  • Java Runtime Environment 6.18

    14 January 2010


    Sun has released an Update 18 to the Java Runtime Environment 6.



    Game Patches

    14 January 2010


  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Update via Steam
  • Commander: Europe at War - 1.02 Patch
  • FIFA Manager 2010 - 2.0.0.5 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Winamp 5.572

    14 January 2010


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.572. This minor revision has some improvements and fixes a range of bugs.



    Adobe Reader 9.3

    13 January 2010


    Adobe has released Version 9.3 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. The changes include addressing security vulnerabilities and providing several fixes.



    Game Patches

    13 January 2010


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Zero Gear - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    12 January 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.



    Game Patches

    12 January 2010


  • Nation Red - Update via Steam


  • Word 2003 Update

    9 January 2010


    Microsoft has released an Update for Word 2003. This update is for the same reason as the Word 2007 Update covered further below, and hence is not recommended unless you are directly instructed by Microsoft to install it.



    Game Patches

    9 January 2010


  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.3.3 Patch
  • Borderlands - 1.20 Patch
  • Runaway: A Twist of Fate - 1.11 Patch
  • Zero Gear - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 January 2010


  • Magnetis - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.53.1

    8 January 2010


    A new Version 1.53.1 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This update fixes a validation bug on AMD Phenoms and provides support for the Intel Pinetrail platform.



    Word 2007 Update

    7 January 2010


    Microsoft has released an Update for Word 2007 which removes a custom XML tagging implementation. This update is part of a court-ordered requirement which Microsoft must comply with. Installing this update means that Word will no longer read custom XML elements in DOCX, DOCM, or XML files, but this is not a feature commonly used by most people. You should not install this update unless otherwise indicated to you by Microsoft.



    Game Patches

    7 January 2010


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • WW2: Time of Wrath - 1.70 Patch


  • Creative ALchemy 1.41.00

    7 January 2010


    Creative has released Version 1.41.00 of the ALchemy software for X-Fi and Audigy sound cards under Windows Vista and Windows 7. Note that the ALchemy download is found under the Application link on the driver page for your particular sound card.



    Firefox 3.5.7

    6 January 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.5.7 of the Firefox browser. This version contains a stability fix and an update bug fix.



    Office 2010

    6 January 2010


    Microsoft has released the official US retail price for the different versions of the upcoming Office 2010 suite, ranging from $199 to $499. Note that purchasing a Product Key Card is cheaper than the physical boxed copy, however it comes with no installation media and you are limited to installing Office 2010 on one PC as opposed to two. The final version of Office 2010 is due by June this year.



    Game Patches

    6 January 2010


  • Divinity 2: Ego Draconis - 1.03 Patch
  • Foreign Legion Buckets of Blood - Update via Steam
  • Osmos - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    5 January 2010


  • Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines - 1.21a Patch
  • Strength & Honour 2 - 1.08 Patch


  • Nvidia PhysX 9.09.1112

    2 January 2010


    Nvidia has released the 9.09.1112 PhysX drivers for Nvidia PhysX-capable GPUs and Ageia PPUs. This version provides optimal performance in PhysX-capable games and resolves some issues. Note that this driver was released several weeks ago but has only recently come to my attention. It is also not yet part of the latest Nvidia Forceware drivers, which still use PhysX 9.09.0814



    Game Patches

    2 January 2010


  • 5Street - 0.38 Patch
  • Talisman Online - 1626 Patch


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