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June 2012



Chrome 20.0.1132.47

30 June 2012


Google has released Version 20.0.1132.47 of the Chrome browser. This version contains a temporary workaround for an issue with GPU acceleration on some Mac hardware.



Game Patches

30 June 2012


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Lunar Flight - Update via Steam
  • Roller Coaster Rampage - Update via Steam
  • Spiral Knights - Update via Steam
  • Splice - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam


  • Autoruns 11.32

    29 June 2012


    Microsoft has released Autoruns 11.32, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version fixes an elevation bug.



    Process Explorer 15.21

    29 June 2012


    Microsoft has released Version 15.21 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This update fixes several bugs.



    AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

    29 June 2012


    AMD has released the Catalyst 12.7 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows XP, Vista and 7. This driver contains performance improvements in a range of games on the HD 7000 series, adds Multi-sample Anti-aliasing support for Diablo 3, and contains bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    29 June 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce 302.82

    28 June 2012


    Nvidia has released the 302.82 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is specifically designed for the Windows 8 Release Preview and supports GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards. It provides full support for WDDM 1.2. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0213 PhysX drivers.



    AMD Catalyst 12.6 Hotfix

    28 June 2012


    AMD has released the Catalyst 12.6 Hotfix graphics driver for Windows XP and 7. This driver resolves random black screen issues for the online game QQ Dancer on the HD 7000 series.



    Game Patches

    28 June 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 1.2 Patch
  • Gratuitous Tank Battles - Update via Steam
  • PoxNora - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 20.0.1132.43

    28 June 2012


    Google has released Version 20.0.1132.43 of the Chrome browser. This version contains security updates and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    27 June 2012


  • Crusader Kings II - Update via Steam
  • Hack, Slash, Loot - Update via Steam
  • Mass Effect 3 - Free Extended Cut DLC via Origin
  • Max Payne 3 - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - 2.05.13 Patch
  • Strategic War in Europe - 1.02 Patch
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Vessel - Update via Steam


  • CCleaner 3.20.1750

    26 June 2012


    A new Version 3.20.1750 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. The changes in this version include added support for Windows 8 RP and Opera 12, the addition of Windows Explorer context menu management, and various minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 June 2012


  • MacGuffin's Curse - Update via Steam
  • Naval War: Arctic Circle - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.70

    23 June 2012


    Realtek has released Version 2.70 of its HD Audio drivers. If you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top then select 'Software'.



    Game Patches

    23 June 2012


  • Battle Academy - 2.0.4 Patch
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Vessel - Update via Steam


  • Flash Player 11.3.300.262

    22 June 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.262 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    22 June 2012


  • Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam
  • World of Tanks - 0.7.4 Patch


  • Winamp 5.633

    21 June 2012


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.633. This update has a range of minor improvements and bug fixes, as well as updated codecs.



    Game Patches

    21 June 2012


  • Cubemen - Update via Steam
  • Diablo 3 - 1.03 Patch
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • SOL: Exodus - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    20 June 2012


  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • The Binding Of Isaac - Wrath of the Lamb - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce Beta 304.48

    19 June 2012


    Nvidia has released the Beta 304.48 graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards under Windows Vista and 7. It contains performance improvements in a range of games, new SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    19 June 2012


  • A Valley Without Wind - Update via Steam
  • Baseball Mogul 2013 - 15.07 Patch
  • Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage - 1.1 Patch
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition - 3.2 Patch


  • WinRAR 4.20

    16 June 2012


    The archival utility WinRAR has been updated to Version 4.20. Changes include performance improvements for RAR and ZIP compression, as well as bug fixes.



    Firefox 13.0.1

    16 June 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 13.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update fixes several bugs.



    Game Patches

    16 June 2012


  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam


  • Skype 5.10.0.114

    15 June 2012


    A new Version 5.10.0.114 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version improves Contacts management and fixes several issues.



    Game Patches

    15 June 2012


  • Dead Hungry Diner - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Sid Meier's Civilization V - Update via Steam
  • X3 Series - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce Beta 302.80

    15 June 2012


    Nvidia has released the Beta 302.80 driver. This driver is specifically designed for the Windows 8 Release Preview and supports GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards. It provides full support for WDDM 1.2. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0213 PhysX drivers.



    Opera 12.00

    15 June 2012


    The Opera browser has been updated to Version 12.00. This version contains a range of interface and performance improvements, along with stability and security enhancements, and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    14 June 2012


  • Alan Wake - Update via Steam
  • Alan Wake American Nightmare - Update via Steam
  • Strategic Command WWII Global Conflict Gold - 1.02 Patch


  • DivX 8.2.3

    13 June 2012


    The DivX video software has been updated to Version 8.2.3.



    FRAPS 3.5.5

    13 June 2012


    A new Version 3.5.5 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This fixes several bugs.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    13 June 2012


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



    Java Runtime Environment 7.05

    13 June 2012


    Oracle has released an Update 5 to the Java Runtime Environment 7.



    iTunes 10.6.3

    12 June 2012


    Apple has released a new Version 10.6.3 of the iTunes software. This update adds support for iOS 6 Beta, as well as containing bug fixes and improving reliability and performance.



    Foxit Reader 5.3.1

    12 June 2012


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 5.3.1.0606. This update contains a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    12 June 2012


  • Bastion - Update via Steam
  • Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Update via Steam
  • Jagged Alliance: Back in Action - Update via Steam
  • Port Royale 3 - Update via Steam
  • Spiral Knights - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ticket to Ride - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 19.0.1084.56

    10 June 2012


    Google has released Version 19.0.1084.56 of the Chrome browser. This version contains an updated Flash player as well as stability fixes.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.69

    10 June 2012


    Realtek has released Version 2.69 of its HD Audio drivers. If you have problems with the link, click the 'High Definition Audio Codecs' link at the top then select 'Software'.



    Flash Player 11.3.300.257

    9 June 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.3.300.257 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    9 June 2012


  • Binary Domain - Update via Steam
  • Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear - 1.5 Patch
  • Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms - The Third Age - 3.2 Patch
  • The Sims 3 - 1.34.27 Patch


  • Process Explorer 15.2

    8 June 2012


    Microsoft has released Version 15.2 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This major update merges Autoruns functionality into the utility, adds .NET stack walking support, adds a process timeline column, and uses the Windows 8 private ETW logger.



    Skype 5.9.0.123

    8 June 2012


    A new Version 5.9.0.123 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version fixes a resource usage bug under Windows 8.



    Game Patches

    8 June 2012


  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Waveform - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    7 June 2012


  • Gratuitous Tank Battles - Update via Steam
  • Nexuiz - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 13.0

    6 June 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 13.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes are a new default home page with quicker access to key features, frequently visited sites shown on new blank tabs, a new Reset Firefox button for easier resolution to major problems, background tabs from previous sessions now only load on demand to speed up startup time, and default support for the SPDY protocol. Full details are on page 3 and then spread throughout the updated Firefox Tweak Guide.



    Game Patches

    6 June 2012


  • Battlefield 3 - Patch 6
  • Dear Esther - Update via Steam
  • Dungeons of Dremor - Update via Steam
  • Max Payne 3 - Patch


  • Game Patches

    5 June 2012


  • Portal 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ys Origin - Update via Steam


  • Windows Security Update

    4 June 2012


    Microsoft has released a Security Update for all versions of Windows. This update revokes the trust of several unauthorized digital certificates which could otherwise be used to breach system security. The update is available from the link above or via Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    4 June 2012


  • Field of Glory - 1.8.0 Patch
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    2 June 2012


    Gamers would be well aware that the highly-anticipated Max Payne 3 has just been released. It's a story-driven graphically advanced game, and I've uploaded an HD YouTube Video which provides sample gameplay at maximum settings. I'm currently preparing a guide for the game, to be released as usual on Nvidia's GeForce.com in coming weeks. Note that some versions of the game do not allow utilities with overlays like FRAPS or EVGA Precision to work. I can confirm however that the Steam version of the game does allow these, which is how I captured the video and am doing performance measurement and screenshots for the guide. I have no workaround to display an FPS counter for affected versions right now, but to take screenshots you can use the PrtScn key during the game and ALT+TAB out of it to paste that shot into an image utility.



    Game Patches

    2 June 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Gratuitous Tank Battles - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • War Inc. Battlezone - Update via Steam


  • FRAPS 3.5.4

    1 June 2012


    A new Version 3.5.4 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version improves capture speed for D3D8 games and fixes two bugs.



    AMD Catalyst for Windows 8 Release Preview

    1 June 2012


    AMD has released a Catalyst for Windows 8 Preview graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above.



    AMD Catalyst 12.6a Beta

    1 June 2012


    AMD has released a beta Catalyst 12.6a 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.



    Windows 8 Release Preview

    1 June 2012


    Microsoft has released the Release Preview of Windows 8 to the public. This is basically a release candidate which is close to the final version of Windows 8, set for retail release towards the end of 2012. The download weighs in at 2.5 GB for the 32-bit version, and 3.3 GB for the 64-bit version.



    Game Patches

    1 June 2012


  • Diablo III - 1.02a Patch
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Edge - Update via Steam
  • Flatout 3: Chaos & Destruction - Update via Steam
  • Super Monday Night Combat - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Ys Origin - Update via Steam