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June 2010



Game Patches

30 June 2010


  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - June Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam


  • Adobe Reader 9.3.3

    30 June 2010


    Adobe has released Version 9.3.3 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. This update contains performance improvements, improved browser support, and security fixes.



    Winamp 5.58

    30 June 2010


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.58. This version contains a range of minor improvements and fixes.



    Foxit Reader 4.0

    30 June 2010


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 4.0.0.0619. This version contains a range of new features including comments tools, text viewer and converter, form filler, spell checker and advanced editing tools, along with bug fixes.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 258.69

    29 June 2010


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 258.69 driver for Windows Vista and 7. This driver is for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400 and ION series cards. It adds support for Nvidia 3D Vision Surround technology, and contains a range of bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0223 PhysX drivers.



    Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0.1963.0

    29 June 2010


    Microsoft has released a new Version 1.0.1963.0 of its free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti-malware package for Windows XP, Vista and 7. The update is available through MSE itself or via Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    29 June 2010


  • Aliens vs Predator - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 3.6.6

    27 June 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.6.6 of the Firefox browser. This version modifies the crash protection feature to increase the amount of time that plugins are allowed to be non-responsive before being terminated. Note that there is no Firefox 3.6.5 - Mozilla has deliberately skipped this version number.



    Game Patches

    27 June 2010


  • ArmA 2 - 1.07 Patch
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2010 - 1.0.1.6 Patch


  • Game Patches

    26 June 2010


  • America's Army 3 - Update via Steam
  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Vampire Hunters - 2.0 Patch


  • Chrome 5.0.375.86

    25 June 2010


    Google has released Version 5.0.375.86 of the Chrome browser. This version has several security and bug fixes.



    Windows Live Essentials Beta

    25 June 2010


    Microsoft has released a Beta of the next version of the Windows Live Essentials suite of applications.



    Game Patches

    25 June 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Puzzle Dimension - Update via Steam
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior - Update via Steam
  • The Scourge Project - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 2.33.1184

    25 June 2010


    A new Version 2.33.1184 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds support for Flock 3.0, improves registry cleaning in Windows 7, and has several other minor improvements and fixes.



    TweakGuides Tweaking Companion

    24 June 2010


    All versions of the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion have been updated. The TGTC for Windows 7 receives only a relatively minor update, but the Vista and XP versions receive substantial updates given they were last updated almost 15 months ago. The change list is at the bottom of the TGTC download page.



    Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3

    24 June 2010


    Microsoft has released a new Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3, which is the third alpha build of IE9 designed primarily for developer feedback purposes. Note that the IE9 Preview can be installed alongside IE8 without replacing it.



    Game Patches

    24 June 2010


  • Counter-Strike: Source - Update via Steam
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction - 1.04 Patch
  • Stargate Resistance - Update via Steam
  • The Settlers 7 - 1.06 Patch


  • Firefox 3.6.4

    23 June 2010


    Mozilla has released Version 3.6.4 of the Firefox browser. This version includes a new crash protection feature, as well as security and stability fixes.



    Windows Updates

    23 June 2010


    Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 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

    23 June 2010


  • Booster Trooper - Update via Steam
  • Napoleon: Total War - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 3.3.5 Patch


  • VLC Media Player 1.1.0

    22 June 2010


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.1.0. This is a major update containing a range of new features, improvements and fixes.



    Game Patches

    22 June 2010


  • Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West - Update via Steam


  • Opera 10.54

    22 June 2010


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 10.54. This version fixes several security vulnerabilities.



    Game Patches

    19 June 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    18 June 2010


  • X3: Terran Conflict - 2.7.1 Patch


  • Asus Xonar DX 5/6/7.12.8.1780

    17 June 2010


    Asus has released a 5/6/7.12.8.1780 driver for the Xonar DX series of sound cards under Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver fixes popping sound issues when playing streaming media.



    ATI Catalyst 10.6

    17 June 2010


    ATI has released the official Catalyst 10.6 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. This WHQL certified driver adds GPU acceleration for H.264 videos using Flash 10.1, video deblocking and mosquito noise reduction, support for OpenGL 4.0 and 3.3, performance improvements in a range of games on certain HD 5000 series cards, as well as a range of bug fixes.



    iTunes 9.2

    17 June 2010


    Apple has released a new Version 9.2 of the iTunes software. This version adds Sync with iPhone 4, iOS4 and iBooks 1.1 features and improvements, and various other stability, security and performance fixes.



    Game Patches

    17 June 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Mount & Blade: Warband - 1.123 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Windows XP Security Vulnerability

    16 June 2010


    A major Security Vulnerability in Windows XP is now being actively exploited. Windows XP users should use this Microsoft Fix It tool to close this vulnerability.



    Office 2007 Security Update

    16 June 2010


    Microsoft has released an Update for Office 2007, fixing a security vulnerability.



    Nvidia Forceware 257.21

    16 June 2010


    Nvidia has released the official Forceware 257.21 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These WHQL drivers are for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400 and ION series graphics cards. Changes include support for Blu-ray 3D with Nvidia 3D Vision, performance increases in a range of games on the GTX 400 series, OpenGL 4.0 support for the GTX 400 series, new control panel options for PhysX, CUDA, SLI and Ambient Occlusion configuration, and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.10.0223 PhysX drivers.



    SoundBlaster X-Fi 2.18.0015

    16 June 2010


    Creative has released an official 2.18.0015 driver for the majority of the X-Fi series under Windows 7. This driver fixes several issues including long shutdown times, and passthrough of Dolby/DTS audio to an external decoder not working with Windows Media Player 12.



    Office 2010

    16 June 2010


    Microsoft has released the retail version of Office 2010. While similar to Office 2007 in many respects, Office 2010 has a revised user interface, a range of new features, and now also comes in a native 64-bit version.



    Sandra 2010 SP2

    16 June 2010


    SiSoftware has released a new 2010 SP2 Build 16.52 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    16 June 2010


  • Galcon Fusion - Update via Steam
  • Mass Effect 2 - 1.02 Patch


  • FRAPS 3.2.3

    15 June 2010


    A new Version 3.2.3 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version adds support for full-size video capture above 2560x1600 and fixes several bugs.



    Autoruns 10.01

    15 June 2010


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 10.01, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes a bug in the registry jump-to function.



    Game Patches

    15 June 2010


  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Greed: Black Border - Update via Steam
  • Portal / Half Life 2 / Episode 1 / Episode 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.49

    12 June 2010


    Realtek has released Version 2.49 of its HD Audio drivers. Note if you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top of the page and then select 'Software'.



    Game Patches

    12 June 2010


  • Age of Empires III - 1.14 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam (2)


  • Logitech SetPoint 6.10

    11 June 2010


    Logitech has released Version 6.10 of the SetPoint software for mice and keyboards. Changes include an updated control panel as well as various fixes and stability enhancements.



    Flash Player 10.1.53.64

    11 June 2010


    Adobe has released Version 10.1.53.64 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. This is a major update which contains performance and video improvements, multi-touch enhancements and adherence to browser privacy mode settings.



    Game Patches

    11 June 2010


  • Day of Defeat: Source - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    10 June 2010


  • Altitude - Update via Steam
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Major League Baseball 2K10 - 1.1 Patch
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Update via Steam


  • Process Explorer 12.04

    9 June 2010


    Microsoft has released Version 12.04 of the free Process Explorer utility which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This update adds the ability to generate full and minidump process crash dump files, and contains a bug fix.



    Autoruns 10.00

    9 June 2010


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 10.00, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds the ability to scan offline Windows installations, adds .exe and .cmd extension handlers, defaults to hiding Windows entries, and includes bug fixes.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    9 June 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.



    DirectX Update

    8 June 2010


    Microsoft has released the DirectX June Update for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Note that this is the full redistributable version; the web installer will be released shortly.


    Update: The smaller Web Installer version is now available.



    Safari 5

    8 June 2010


    Apple has released Version 5 of the Safari browser for Windows. This major update contains speed improvements, new HTML5 features, extensions support, and the Safari Reader scollable RSS reader.



    Game Patches

    8 June 2010


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • The Settlers 7 - Update via Steam


  • Windows 7 SP1

    8 June 2010


    Microsoft has announced that a public beta of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 will be available by the end of July. As announced earlier, SP1 will contain all the incremental updates released through Windows Update, with no substantial new features aside from virtualization tools, Remote FX and Dynamic Memory adjustment for Windows Server 2008.



    Site Update

    7 June 2010


    The server move has been successfully completed and things are running smoothly. I mentioned interesting news earlier, and it relates to the release of new game guides through a special arrangement with a major company. I've already written the first one and it should be published in a few weeks' time, though again I'll provide more details as we get closer to the date. In the meanwhile, take a look at this YouTube Video I've prepared showing some Battlefield: Bad Company 2 multiplayer gameplay. Despite my initial reservations, the game is actually quite fun, though be prepared for lots of frustration and a steep learning curve. BFBC2 should tide me over until I get my hands on the game I've been anticipating the most this year: Mafia 2 - set for release on 24 August 2010.



    Flash, Adobe Reader & Acrobat Critical Vulnerability

    7 June 2010


    Adobe has warned that a critical security vulnerability exists in all versions of Flash Player, as well as Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.x. Updating to Flash Player 10.1 RC and deleting or renaming the authplay.dll file, typically found under the \Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\ or \Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\ directories, will prevent exploitation of this vulnerability.



    Game Patches

    5 June 2010


  • FIFA Manager 10 - Update 5
  • Half Life 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.12.70 Patch
  • The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff - 3.3.11 Patch
  • The Sims 3: World Adventures - 2.7.7 Patch


  • Game Patches

    4 June 2010


  • Armada 2526 - 1.302 Patch
  • Global Agenda - Update via Steam
  • Half Life 2 / Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Portal - Update via Steam
  • Railworks - Update via Steam
  • Stargate Resistance - Update via Steam
  • Supreme Commander 2 - Update via Steam


  • Silverlight 4.0.5

    4 June 2010


    Microsoft has released an update to the Silverlight multimedia plugin, bringing it up to Version 4.0.50524.0. This update contains a range of fixes.



    Game Patches

    3 June 2010


  • Beat Hazard - Update via Steam
  • EVE Online - 156690 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • X3: Terran Conflict - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    2 June 2010


    Long-time sponsor EuroVPS has generously upgraded the server to a more powerful solution, which may mean some periods of outage. This upgrade coincides with what I believe will be good news for many of you. I can't say too much at the moment but I'll announce more details shortly.


    Update: The server move has been completed. If you can see this update, you're on the new server.



    Game Patches

    2 June 2010


  • Combat Arms - 4.4 Patch


  • Game Patches

    1 June 2010


  • Grand Theft Auto IV / Episodes From Liberty City - Update via GFWL