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July 2012



Game Patches

31 July 2012


  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • TAGAP 2 - 1.6 Patch
  • Waves - Update via Steam


  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 11.5.0.1207

    31 July 2012


    Intel has released Version 11.5.0.1207 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for those using RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset motherboards.



    Game Patches

    30 July 2012


  • Steel Storm: Burning Retribution - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    29 July 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam


  • Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    27 July 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.268 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    27 July 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Game of Thrones - 1.3.0.0 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Gratuitous Tank Battles - Update via Steam
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI - Update via Steam
  • Total War: Shogun 2 / Fall of the Samurai - Update via Steam


  • Intel Chipset Device Software 9.3.0.1021

    26 July 2012


    Intel has released Version 9.3.0.1021 of the Chipset Device Software, the main motherboard driver for Intel chipset-based motherboards.



    CCleaner 3.21.1767

    26 July 2012


    A new Version 3.21.1767 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. The changes in this version include improved Startup tool, Drive wiper and System Restore discovery, added support for Universal Extractor and Internet Download Manager, along with various minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 July 2012


  • Field of Glory - 1.8.1 Patch
  • Payday: The Heist - Update via Steam
  • Spiral Knights - Update via Steam
  • Star Ruler - 1.2.1.0 Patch
  • Storm Over the Pacific - 1.10 Patch


  • Game Patches

    25 July 2012


  • Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead - 1.62 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • X3: Albion Prelude - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    24 July 2012


  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 1.03 Patch
  • Gratuitous Tank Battles - Update via Steam
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2012 - 1.2.0.0 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.61.3

    23 July 2012


    A new Version 1.61.3 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version fixes wrong CPU clock speeds.



    FRAPS 3.5.6

    22 July 2012


    A new Version 3.5.6 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes several audio-related bugs.



    VLC Media Player 2.0.3

    22 July 2012


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 2.0.3. This version contains various bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    21 July 2012


  • Nexuiz - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Warlock - Master of the Arcane - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    20 July 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Iron Front: Liberation 1944 - Update via Steam
  • Jagged Alliance: Back in Action - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam


  • Max Payne 3 Tweak Guide

    19 July 2012


    The Max Payne 3 Tweak Guide I wrote in early June has finally been published on GeForce.com. I apologize for the embarrassingly long delay, and I hope it will still be of use to a few of you. As noted in an earlier Site Update, the delay was first due to internal clearance protocols at Nvidia. After clearance was given, final publication on GeForce.com was then delayed due to the recent security breaches on the Nvidia site. We aren't expecting a repeat of this sort of delay for publication of future guides.



    Windows 8 Release Date

    19 July 2012


    Microsoft has confirmed that the retail version of Windows 8 will be released to the public on 26 October 2012.



    Game Patches

    19 July 2012


  • Alan Wake - Update via Steam
  • Alan Wake American Nightmare - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Update via Steam
  • Vessel - Update via Steam


  • Skype 5.10.0.116

    18 July 2012


    A new Version 5.10.0.116 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version is a hotfix which provides bug fixes.



    Firefox 14.0.1

    18 July 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 14.0.1 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes include autocomplete capabilities for the Address Bar, the ability to enable a click-to-play opt-in feature for plugins on web pages, changes to the Site Identity indicator in the address bar to prevent favicon spoofing, including moving the favicon to the tab, as well as various bug fixes. Full details are on page 3 and then spread throughout the updated Firefox Tweak Guide.



    GPU-Z 0.6.3

    18 July 2012


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.6.3. Changes include support for new chipsets, improved Nvidia Kepler boost clock detection, added GPU power consumption monitoring for Sandy Bridge & Ivy Bridge, voltage monitoring for the HD 7700 series, as well as various bug fixes.



    Process Explorer 15.22

    18 July 2012


    Microsoft has released Version 15.22 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version fixes a bug that caused crashes when viewing .NET thread stacks of 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.



    Game Patches

    18 July 2012


  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • Might & Magic Heroes VI - 1.5.1 Patch
  • Port Royale 3 - Update via Steam
  • X3: Albion Prelude - Update via Steam


  • Office 2013 Preview

    17 July 2012


    Microsoft has publicly released a free Customer Preview version of the Office 2013 Suite. The Preview only supports Windows 7 and 8, as Office 2013 drops support for Windows XP and Vista. It also provides native Metro support for Windows 8. Check the Official FAQ for more details.



    Game Patches

    17 July 2012


  • Decisive Campaigns: Case Blue - 1.00b Patch
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam
  • Warlock - Master of the Arcane - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.61.2

    16 July 2012


    A new Version 1.61.2 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version fixes wrong CPU clock speeds.



    Game Patches

    14 July 2012


  • Battle Academy - 2.05 Patch
  • Earth 2160 - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Revelations 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    13 July 2012


  • Alien Swarm - Update via Steam
  • Dino D-Day - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam
  • X3 Series - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 20.0.1132.57

    12 July 2012


    Google has released Version 20.0.1132.57 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash player and contains security and bug fixes.



    Flash Player 11.3.300.265

    12 July 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.265 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    12 July 2012


  • Diablo 3 - 1.03b Patch
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty - 1.4.4 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    11 July 2012


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can get through Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    11 July 2012


  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • King Arthur 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.36.45 Patch
  • Two Worlds 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    10 July 2012


  • Nation Red - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    8 July 2012


    Today I began the journey towards what will hopefully become The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 8. Part of the reason I only just started is that I'm somewhat underwhelmed by the interface changes in Windows 8. While I certainly applaud Microsoft for trying to do something innovative, I find the tabletized Metro UI to be an annoyance on a desktop PC. I get the feeling that Windows 7 will become the next Windows XP, namely a tried-and-true OS which many PC users will stick to for quite a while. However I also recognize that it's precisely because of these potentially unpopular changes to the next version of Windows that users will appreciate any and all assistance in understanding and safely customizing Windows 8 - and that is of course the main aim of the TGTC. With Windows 8 rumored to be publicly released in October, the TGTC for Windows 8 will hopefully be out in November.


    As for the game guides, there have been good and bad developments. On the positive side, working with Nvidia has given me access to information, testing data and game developer feedback which I would otherwise not have with anyone else. Nvidia's great relationship with developers is one of the major reasons why I use and genuinely recommend Nvidia graphics cards. On the negative side, Nvidia's internal clearance protocols have at times resulted in lengthy delays. For example, I completed the latest Max Payne 3 Tweak Guide in just over a week after the game's release. However, much to my frustration, the guide has yet to be published. It's not that there's anything wrong with the guide, the delay is purely due to getting final clearance. The people at Nvidia are well aware of how important it is to get a guide out during the period in which most people are playing the game, so we have agreed to work on ways of resolving this issue and speeding up release times. The reality is that without Nvidia sponsorship, it is much less likely that I would be releasing any game guides at all. All I can do is apologize again for the delays.



    Game Patches

    7 July 2012


  • Beware Planet Earth - 1.1 Patch
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy - Update via Steam
  • Flatout 3: Chaos Destruction - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Skype 5.10.0.115

    6 July 2012


    A new Version 5.10.0.115 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version is a hotfix which provides bug fixes and stability improvements.



    AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Legacy

    6 July 2012


    AMD has released the Catalyst 12.6 Beta Legacy graphics driver for the HD 2000 - 4000 series on Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver is designed to resolve a possible video driver vulnerability issue and to minimize the occurrence of system crashes.



    Game Patches

    6 July 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Wargame: European Escalation - Update via Steam
  • Wings of Prey - Update via Steam
  • Ys Oath in Felghana - Update via Steam
  • Ys Origin - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.61

    5 July 2012


    A new Version 1.61 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This update provides support for new chipsets and contains a Windows 8 bug fix.



    Game Patches

    5 July 2012


  • Crusader Kings II - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    4 July 2012


  • Rock of Ages - Update via Steam
  • Scania Truck Driving Simulator - 1.2.0 Patch


  • Nvidia GeForce Beta 304.79

    3 July 2012


    Nvidia has released the Beta 304.79 graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It is the first release to provide combined support for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 in one driver package. It also introduces the Nvidia TXAA anti-aliasing feature supported on GTX 600 series GPUs, and has updated SLI profiles and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Nvidia PhysX 9.12.0613

    3 July 2012


    Nvidia has released the 9.12.0613 PhysX drivers. These are newer than the PhysX version included in the latest 304.48 Beta GeForce graphics drivers.



    Game Patches

    3 July 2012


  • Dwarfs - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Counter-Strike: Source / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • VLC Media Player 2.0.2

    2 July 2012


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 2.0.2. This version contains various bug fixes.



    AMD Catalyst 12.6

    2 July 2012


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 12.6 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows XP, Vista and 7. It contains a range of fixes as well as new application profiles.



    SoundBlaster X-Fi Beta Drivers

    1 July 2012


    Creative has released Beta Drivers for the X-Fi series of sound cards. The drivers provide support for these cards under Windows 8.



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