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July 2008



iTunes 7.7.1

31 July 2008


Apple has released an update for iTunes, bringing it up to Version 7.7.1. This version contains stability and performance fixes.



Game Patches

31 July 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 4.19 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • SoundBlaster X-Fi 2.18.0004

    31 July 2008


    Creative has released the 2.18.0004 driver for the majority of the SoundBlaster X-Fi series under Windows XP and Vista. In particular these drivers add Dolby Digital and DTS decoding and DVD-Audio playback in Vista for cards which supported these features in XP.



    CCleaner 2.10.618

    31 July 2008


    A new Version 2.10.618 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds Type Library Registry cleaning, improves Google Earth cleaning and has a range of other minor bug fixes and improvements.



    CCleaner 2.10.618

    31 July 2008


    A new Version 2.10.618 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds Type Library Registry cleaning, improves Google Earth cleaning and has a range of other minor bug fixes and improvements.



    PerfectDisk 2008

    30 July 2008


    Raxco has released a new Build 61 of the PerfectDisk 2008 defragmentation software.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 177.79

    30 July 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 177.79 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are only for the GeForce 8, 9 and 200 series graphics cards. These drivers add support for the GeForce 9500GT and 9800GT cards, and contain a range of fixes primarily for GeForce 9 and 200 series cards, as well as performance improvements.



    Mass Effect 1.01 Patch & DLC

    30 July 2008


    BioWare has released both the 1.01 Patch and the free Bring Down the Sky Downloadable Content for Mass Effect. I've updated the Mass Effect Tweak Guide for the changes, see in particular pages 4 & 7 for more details.



    Game Patches

    30 July 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5035 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1121 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Incredible Hulk - 1.1 Patch
  • The Legend of Golden Plumes - 1.0.1.8 Patch
  • Zero Online - 2806 Patch


  • Game Patches

    29 July 2008


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile - 1.3.0.1 Patch
  • Imperium Romanum - 1.03 Patch
  • Trackmania Nations Forever - 2.11.15 Patch
  • Trackmania United Forever - 2.11.15 Patch


  • Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1

    28 July 2008


    A new build of Media Player Classic Version 6.4.9.1 has been released, fixing a range of bugs.



    Nvidia GPU Update for Dell Laptops

    26 July 2008


    Dell has released a set of BIOS Updates for laptops containing Nvidia GPUs which may fail under certain circumstances.



    Windows Security Update

    26 July 2008


    Microsoft has released an update which addresses a security issue if the system locale is set to French (France) in Windows. The update is available for Windows XP in a 32-bit Version and a 64-bit Version.



    Thunderbird 2.0.0.16

    26 July 2008


    Mozilla has released a new Version 2.0.0.16 of the free Thunderbird email client. The updated version has security fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 July 2008


  • 1701 AD Gold Edition - 1.04 Patch
  • Trackmania Nations Forever - 2.11.14 Patch
  • Trackmania United Forever - 2.11.14 Patch


  • AutoRuns 9.32

    25 July 2008


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.32, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a 32-bit parsing bug introduced as of the previous version.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.99

    25 July 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.99 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Adobe Media Player 1.1

    24 July 2008


    Adobe has released Version 1.1 of its free flashed-based ad-supported media player.



    Game Patches

    24 July 2008


  • Armageddon Empires - 1.08 Patch
  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Conquer Online - 5033 Patch
  • Depths of Peril - 1.012 Beta Patch
  • Dreamlords: The Reawakening - 1.3.5.8881 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1120 Patch
  • Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood - 1.5.3 Patch


  • DirectX 11.0

    23 July 2008


    Microsoft has officially announced details of DirectX 11.0, the successor to the current DirectX 10 API. DirectX 11.0 will be backwards compatible with DX 10/10.1 hardware, will be Vista-only, and will allow for a range of additional features including support for tessellation, multi-threaded resource handling improvements and use of the GPU as a parallel processor. A release date is not yet provided.



    AutoRuns 9.31

    23 July 2008


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.31, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a bug and adds further support for 64-bit Windows.



    Game Patches

    23 July 2008


  • Frontlines: Fuel of War - 1.1.1 Patch
  • Star Wars: Empire at War - 1.05 Rev. A Graphics Update
  • Trackmania Nations Forever - 2.11.13 Patch
  • Trackmania United Forever - 2.11.13 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst 8.7

    22 July 2008


    ATI has released the Catalyst 8.7 graphics drivers. This version has a range of performance improvements and fixes.



    nLite 1.4.8

    22 July 2008


    The free XP installation customization tool nLite has been updated to Version 1.4.8. The latest version contains several fixes.



    Game Patches

    22 July 2008


  • Cabal Online - July Patch
  • Gore Special Edition - 1.60.10 Patch
  • Lost Empire: Immortals - 1.05 Patch
  • Sango 2 - 1.6 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2: Weapons & Warfare - 1.05 Patch


  • SoundBlaster Audigy 2.18.0001

    21 July 2008


    Creative has released the 2.18.0001 driver for the majority of the SoundBlaster Audigy series under Windows XP and Vista. These drivers add Dolby Digital and DTS decoding and DVD-Audio playback in Vista for cards which supported these features in XP, fix a range of application and OS sound-related issues and improve performance in OpenAL.



    VirtualDub 1.8.3

    21 July 2008


    A new Version 1.8.3 of the free video editing utility VirtualDub has been released, fixing a major bug in the version released yesterday.



    VirtualDub 1.8.2

    20 July 2008


    A new Version 1.8.2 of the free video editing utility VirtualDub has been released. The changes include several fixes.



    Game Patches

    20 July 2008


  • Wings of Power II: BF109 - FSX Patch


  • mIRC 6.33

    19 July 2008


    A new Version 6.33 of the chat client mIRC has been released. The changes include support for file transfers larger than 4GB, as well as a range of minor new features and several fixes.



    Game Patches

    19 July 2008


  • Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath - SecuROM Fix
  • Crazy Tao - 9052 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1119 Patch
  • Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar - Book 14 Patch
  • Pro Cycling Manager: Tour de France 2008 - 1.0.1.4 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2: Patton Drives East - 1.01 Patch


  • Realtek 3D SoundBack 0.1 Beta

    18 July 2008


    Realtek has released the 0.1 Beta of 3D SoundBack, a utility designed to restore advanced audio effects in older games on systems using Realtek audio solutions under Windows Vista.



    Game Patches

    18 July 2008


  • Avencast: Rise of the Mage - 1.04 Patch
  • Conquer Online - 5032 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend - 0.8.10.0 Patch


  • Firefox 3.0.1

    17 July 2008


    Mozilla has released an update for the Firefox 3 browser, bringing it up to Version 3.0.1. This update contains primarily security and bug fixes.



    AutoRuns 9.30

    17 July 2008


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.30, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds support for additional shell extension points, better handles malformed paths, and fixes a bug in Vista.



    GPU-Z 0.2.6

    17 July 2008


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.2.6. The changes include a range of fixes, minimization to the tray icon, and support for the latest graphics cards.



    Game Patches

    17 July 2008


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Ruler 2020 - Patch 2


  • Firefox 2.0.0.16

    16 July 2008


    Mozilla has released an update for the legacy Firefox 2 browser, bringing it up to Version 2.0.0.16. This update contains security fixes.



    Game Patches

    16 July 2008


  • World of Warcraft - 2.4.3 Patch


  • Windows Security Updates

    16 July 2008


    Microsoft has released two security updates, one for Windows XP, and one for Windows Vista in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.



    Game Patches

    15 July 2008


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Race 07 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    12 July 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 4.18 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.3.4.8836 Patch
  • Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile - 1.3 Patch
  • John Tiller's Campaign Series - 1.03 Patch


  • Nvidia Official Forceware 175.19

    12 July 2008


    Nvidia has re-released the Official Forceware 175.19 drivers for Windows XP. They were initially released on 23 June but the XP version was missing all the game profiles and did not implement per-game Anti-Aliasing properly. Nvidia withdrew them from its site and two days ago re-released them - I can now confirm that both the game profile and AA bugs have been fixed.



    ZoneAlarm 7.0.483.000

    11 July 2008


    The ZoneAlarm suite of security software has been updated to Version 7.0.483.000 for Windows XP/2000. Importantly, this version fixes the recently reported major incompatibility with Microsoft Update KB951748.



    Game Patches

    11 July 2008


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Granado Espada - 2.6 Patch
  • Neverwinter Nights - 1.69 Patch
  • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark - 1.69 Patch
  • Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - 1.69 Patch
  • Race Driver: GRID - 1.2 Patch


  • iTunes 7.7

    10 July 2008


    Apple has released an update for iTunes, bringing it up to Version 7.7. This version fixes bugs, adds support for iPhone 3G and the new Apps Store.



    Winamp 5.54

    10 July 2008


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.54. Changes include a range of fixes and improvements.



    Java Runtime Environment 6.7

    10 July 2008


    Sun has released an Update 7 to the Java Runtime Environment 6. This is not an essential update but if you run Java-based applications it is recommended.



    Office Updates

    10 July 2008


    Microsoft has released three updates for the Office Suite. The first Update is for Office Outlook 2003, the second Update is for Office Outlook 2007, and the third is an Add-on for Office 2003/XP which allows users to permanently remove hidden data from Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.



    Game Patches

    10 July 2008


  • Battle of Britain: Wings of Victory - 2.08 Patch
  • Episode 1: Source Engine - Update via Steam


  • Windows Update ZoneAlarm Issues

    9 July 2008


    It appears that a recent Windows Update (KB951748) causes major Internet connectivity issues on systems using ZoneAlarm security software. Users should either avoid installing this update, or uninstall it if already present, or set their Internet Zone Security permission slider from High to Medium to regain Internet access.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.98

    9 July 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.98 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    9 July 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.



    Spybot 1.6.0

    9 July 2008


    The free adware/spyware scanner Spybot has been updated to Version 1.6.0. The changes include performance improvements, bug fixes and OpenSBI support.



    Site Update

    9 July 2008


    The site was again down for quite a few hours earlier today due to more issues with Leaseweb, the network provider for my host. I apologize again for the inconvenience and I'm hoping they can resolve these issues permanently as it's becoming quite an annoyance.



    Game Patches

    9 July 2008


  • Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath - 1.01 Patch
  • Commander: Europe at War - 1.06 Hotfix
  • Gary Grigsby's War Between States - 1.01 Patch
  • Myth War II - 1.0.4.22 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    8 July 2008


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins - 1.7 Patch


  • Game Patches

    6 July 2008


  • Halo - 1.0.7.0615 Hotfix
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - Map Pack


  • NV PhysX Tweaker 1.0

    5 July 2008


    Guru3D has released Version 1.0 of the NV PhysX Tweaker utility. This tool allows those using the new Nvidia drivers which enable GPU PhysX to enable or disable GPU-based PhysX as necessary.



    Game Patches

    4 July 2008


  • SBK08 Superbike World Championship - 1.1 Patch
  • Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory - 1.4 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    4 July 2008


    The site was down for several hours earlier today due to a major and sustained DDOS attack on the datacenter where the server resides. I apologize for the inconvenience, and the problems appear to have been resolved now.



    Opera 9.51

    3 July 2008


    The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 9.51. This is a security and stability update.



    Game Patches

    3 July 2008


  • Day of Defeat: Source - Update via Steam
  • Live for Speed S2 - Alpha Z Patch
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 - 1.03 Patch
  • Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos - 1.22a Patch
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - 1.22a Patch
  • World in Conflict - 1.009 Patch


  • Adobe Reader 9

    2 July 2008


    Adobe has released Version 9 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. The changes include faster performance, improved security and new features such as native flash support.



    Firefox 2.0.0.15

    2 July 2008


    Mozilla has released an update for the legacy Firefox 2 browser, bringing it up to Version 2.0.0.15. This update contains stability and security fixes. Note that support for Firefox 2 ends in December 2008 so all users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 3.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.97

    2 July 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.97 of its HD Audio drivers.



    nLite 1.4.7

    2 July 2008


    The free XP installation customization tool nLite has been updated to Version 1.4.7. The latest version contains three fixes.



    DivX 6.8.3.18

    2 July 2008


    The DivX video codec has been updated to Version 6.8.3.18.



    Game Patches

    2 July 2008


  • Anarcy Online - 17.9.1 Patch
  • Anarchy Online: Shadowlands - 17.9.1 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Talisman Online - 1403 Patch
  • The Sims 2: Free Time - 1.13.0.161 Patch


  • STALKER Security Vulnerability

    1 July 2008


    In a sign of the times, a critical Security Vulnerability has been discovered in the latest version of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl.



    Game Patches

    1 July 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 4.17 Patch
  • Crazy Tao - 9051 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.3.2.8715 Patch
  • Mount & Blade - 0.960 Patch


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