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June 2015



Site Update

28 June 2015


We're just one month away from the retail release of Windows 10. If you're wondering whether I'll be doing a TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 10, the answer at the moment is "maybe". There are a range of reasons for this confusing answer, but the two biggest ones are that firstly, I'm unsure how well Windows 10 will be received by the public and what its adoption rate will be; and secondly, I strongly suspect that Microsoft will make significant changes to Windows 10 within the first 6-12 months of its release. So right now I feel that there's little point in investing a lot of effort into writing a book that few people will read initially, and which will subsequently require a lot of re-testing and editing. I'm going to wait a while and see how things pan out, possibly releasing the TGTC for Windows 10 late this year or in early 2016. Personally, despite the fact that I see no compelling reason to upgrade, aside from perhaps DirectX 12, I will nevertheless be upgrading my own system to Windows 10 on July 29 and using it as my daily OS.



Nvidia GeForce 353.38 Hotfix

27 June 2015


Nvidia has released the 353.38 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 400 series and above under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It fixes Chrome Crashes/Freezes/TDRs, as well as any delays when starting or switching apps & games with GSync enabled. Note that the formatting for the page above is currently messed up, so scroll down to find the appropriate links.



GPU-Z 0.8.4

26 June 2015


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.8.4. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as bug fixes.



CCleaner 5.07

25 June 2015


A new Version 5.07.5261 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include support for Adobe Reader DC, improved IE12 and Chrome cleaning, improved Windows 10 Recycle Bin and Delayed cleaning, improved Skip UAC functionality, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.



Opera 30.0

25 June 2015


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 30.0.1835.88. This version updates Chromium and provides bug fixes.



Flash Player 18.0

23 June 2015


Adobe has released Version 18.0.0.194 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. If you prefer to download the full offline installer, direct links are provided for the Internet Explorer and the Other Browsers versions. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.



Nvidia GeForce 353.30 WHQL

23 June 2015


Nvidia has released the 353.30 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This is the recommended driver for Batman: Arkham Knight. It also provides new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and GeForce Experience version 2.4.5.



AMD Catalyst 15.6 Beta

23 June 2015


AMD has released the Catalyst 15.6 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7 and 8.1. This beta provides performance improvements in Batman: Arkham Knight.



Chrome 43.0

23 June 2015


Google has released Version 43.0.2357.130 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.



Skype 7.6

19 June 2015


A new Version 7.6.0.103 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.



Windows Updates

17 June 2015


Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 on Windows Update. There are too many to describe individually here, but they are listed in this Microsoft Article.



AMD Catalyst 15.15

17 June 2015


AMD has released the official Catalyst 15.15 graphics driver for the R7 300, R9 300 and R9 Fury X series under Windows 7 and 8.1. This driver provides support only for the new R7 300, R9 300 and R9 Fury X GPUs.



Opera 30.0

12 June 2015


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 30.0.1835.59. This minor update provides bug fixes, including fixing YouTube-related problems.



Chrome 43.0

10 June 2015


Google has released Version 43.0.2357.124 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash Player as well as providing bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

10 June 2015


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can download individually from here or via Windows Update.



Flash Player 18.0

10 June 2015


Adobe has released Version 18.0.0.160 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. If you prefer to download the full offline installer, direct links are provided for the Internet Explorer and the Other Browsers versions. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.



Opera 30.0

10 June 2015


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 30.0.1835.52. This version improves tab management, adds sidebar extensions, adds more options for bookmark management, updates Chromium, and provides security and bug fixes.



Skype 7.5

4 June 2015


A new Version 7.5.64.102 of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.



Nvidia GeForce 353.12 Beta Hotfix

3 June 2015


Nvidia has released the 353.12 Beta Hotfix graphics driver. This driver fixes an issue with G-Sync Windowed mode.



Windows Updates

3 June 2015


Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 on Windows Update. There are too many to describe individually here, but they are listed in this Microsoft Article.



Firefox 38.0.5

2 June 2015


Mozilla has released Version 38.0.5 of the Firefox browser. This update adds the Pocket save for later feature, adds Reader view, allows sharing of an active tab or window in Hello, and contains bug fixes.



Windows 10

1 June 2015


Microsoft has announced that the retail version of Windows 10 will be available to the public on July 29 2015. It will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. If you previously installed the KB3035583 Windows Update on a Windows 7 or 8.1 system, as of today, a Windows icon will appear in the Notification Area prompting you to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10. If you agree to reserve the upgrade, Microsoft will preload the necessary Windows 10 files to your system prior to Windows 10's release. If you wish to remove the upgrade prompt without preloading, go to Windows Control Panel>Programs and Features>View installed updates, search for KB3035583, right-click on it and select uninstall.



Nvidia GeForce 353.06 WHQL

1 June 2015


Nvidia has released the 353.06 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This is the recommended driver for Heroes of the Storm. It also adds support for the GTX 980 Ti, support for G-Sync in windowed mode, adds G-Sync (VSync On or Off) and Ultra-Low Motion Blur options to the Nvidia Control Panel, support for DSR on notebooks with discrete GeForce GPUs, and optimizations and bug fixes for Kepler-based GPUs. There are new SLI and 3D Vision profiles, as well as bug fixes. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.4.5.