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March 2008



Realtek HD Audio 1.90

31 March 2008


Realtek has released Version 1.90 of its HD Audio drivers.



CPU-Z 1.44.2

30 March 2008


A new Version 1.44.2 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version includes support for new chipsets.



VIA Hyperion Pro 5.16A

29 March 2008


VIA has released the Hyperion Pro 5.16A chipset drivers for VIA-based motherboards.



Game Patches

29 March 2008


  • Anarchy Online - 17.8.1 Patch
  • Anarchy Online: Shadowlands - 17.8.1 Patch


  • Windows Search 4.0 Preview

    28 March 2008


    Microsoft has released a Preview (beta) version of the Windows Search 4.0 software. This is an enhanced desktop search engine for both Windows XP and Vista, with performance improvements and additional features.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 174.74

    28 March 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 174.74 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are for all GeForce 6, 7, 8 and 9 series graphics cards. They contain a range of fixes, performance improvements in both DX9 and DX10, as well as new PureVideo HD, display resolution and positioning features.



    Winamp 5.53

    28 March 2008


    The free Winamp media player has been updated to Version 5.53. Changes include a range of fixes and improvements.



    Game Patches

    28 March 2008


  • Albatross18 S3 Revolution - 411 Patch
  • Avencast: Rise of the Mage - 1.03 Patch
  • CSI: Hard Evidence - 1.1 Patch
  • Imperium Romanum - 1.02 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • UT3 Bonus Pack

    28 March 2008


    Epic has released the first Bonus Pack for Unreal Tournament 3. The free pack contains three new maps, including the classic Morbias and Facing Worlds.



    Game Patches

    27 March 2008


  • Conquer Online - 5019 Patch
  • Enemy Engaged 2 - 1.02 Patch
  • Harpoon: Commander's Edition - 3.90 Patch
  • Space Empires V - 1.71 Patch
  • Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare - 1.03 Patch
  • The Settlers: Rise of an Empire - 1.5 Patch


  • ATI Catalyst 8.3 Hotfix

    26 March 2008


    ATI has released a Hotfix which can help resolve intermittent stuttering on HD2000 and HD3000 series graphics cards. Note that this hotfix was released yesterday but withdrawn, and re-released today, so make sure to use the latest version, and only if you are experiencing additional stuttering.



    Shockwave 11

    26 March 2008


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.0.0.0 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Firefox 2.0.0.13

    26 March 2008


    Mozilla has released an update to the Firefox browser, bringing it up to Version 2.0.0.13. The latest version has security fixes.



    America's Army 2.8.3.1 Patch

    26 March 2008


    A new 2.8.3.1 Patch has been released for the free America's Army online game. I've updated the America's Army Tweak Guide for the changes, though they are not significant.



    CCleaner 2.06.567

    26 March 2008


    A new Version 2.06.567 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version has a range of improvements, including minor GUI changes and customization via .ini files.



    Windows Updates

    26 March 2008


    Microsoft has released two non-critical updates for Windows Vista and one for XP. You can view and download them individually from here, or via Windows Update.



    Game Patches

    26 March 2008


  • Maximum Football - 2.2 Patch
  • Ninja Reflex: Steamworks Edition - Update via Steam
  • Pacific Storm: Allies - 1.52 Patch
  • Shadowgrounds Survivor - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 2.4.0 Patch


  • Vista SP1 Support

    25 March 2008


    Microsoft is offering Unlimited Free Tech Support to Windows Vista users who are having problems installing SP1, or experiencing compatibility issues after installation.



    Site Update

    24 March 2008


    Recently I did a comparison of bootup times for Windows XP vs. Vista SP1. I'm running a dual boot, so the hardware is identical for both OSes, and I'm using full functionality including wallpapers, themes, Aero, Sidebar, etc. - this is my everday configuration and is not stripped down. Importantly, both XP and Vista have been optimized as per the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion, and the results speak for themselves: XP boots up in 32 seconds from start to fully responsive desktop, Vista takes 40 seconds to do the same. From the dual boot OS menu the times are 16 and 24 seconds respectively. I've posted blurry video proof on YouTube: XP Bootup vs. Vista Bootup.


    These results clearly demonstrate three things:


  • Don't listen to the sensationalist nonsense spouted by bloggers and so-called tech experts that Vista is slow or bloated - Vista's boot time was very fast and only 8 seconds longer than XP's in return for additional (optional) features like Aero, the Sidebar, Desktop Search, Defender, etc.
  • Optimization can make a significant difference, and tweaking is not about reducing functionality or turning down the visuals just to gain performance. If done right, you can have the best of all worlds.
  • Your system is never too old to benefit from tweaking - my PC was built 3 years ago (with only a graphics card upgrade last year), and is still doing a great job, even when running Crysis at Very High, all thanks to tweaking.

  • So if you've been putting off reading the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion or any of the other guides, I suggest you give them a try. Oh, and don't believe everything you read about Vista ;)



    ZoneAlarm 7.0.470.000

    22 March 2008


    The ZoneAlarm firewall has been updated to Version 7.0.470.000. The changes include usability, compatibility, stability and performance improvements.



    Game Patches

    22 March 2008


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.10.04 Patch
  • Half Life 1: Source Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    21 March 2008


  • Armageddon Empires - 1.07 Patch
  • Galactic Dream: Rage of War - 1.2 Patch
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 - 1.12 Patch
  • Red Orchestra - Update via Steam
  • Speedball 2 - Tournament - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 1.89

    20 March 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.89 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Crysis 1.2.1 Patch

    20 March 2008


    Crytek has released a 1.2.1 Patch for Crysis. This hotfix only fixes a security hole which can cause both client and server crashes when playing online, and requires that the full 1.2 Patch be installed first.



    Game Patches

    20 March 2008


  • Building & Co: You are the Architect - Patch 1
  • Crazy Tao - 9032 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1097 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 174.53

    19 March 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 174.53 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are a WHQL candidate specifically designed for the new GeForce 9800 X2 graphics card, and will only install on GeForce 9 cards.



    TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Vista

    19 March 2008


    The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista has undergone a major revision, bringing it up to Version 2.0. The guide has not only been updated for all the changes resulting from Vista SP1, it has also had a significant number of additions and changes to ensure that it remains the most comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date Vista guide available. Both the Regular and Deluxe Editions have been updated, and the full change list is provided at the bottom of the TGTC download page.



    Windows Vista SP1

    19 March 2008


    Microsoft has released the final version of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Vista. The initial release is available as a standalone installer for Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit, or can be downloaded via Windows Update. I recommend the installer version as although it's larger, it automatically installs the correct pre-requisite updates and should result in less issues. Note that within the next few hours I will be releasing a significantly revised TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Vista which among its many updates also incorporates all the changes from SP1.



    Windows Updates

    19 March 2008


    Microsoft has released two small updates for Vista. The first is an Update to ensure that future Windows Updates install correctly. The second is an Update which creates a local copy of online help information.



    Safari 3.1

    19 March 2008


    Apple has updated the free Safari browser to Version 3.1 for Windows. The latest version brings Safari out of beta, and includes speed improvements and fixes, as well as support for new web standards like CSS Animations.



    Game Patches

    19 March 2008


  • Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - 2.300 Patch


  • Game Patches

    18 March 2008


  • Commander: Europe at War - 1.06 Patch
  • Conquer Online - 5018 Patch
  • Hellgate: London - 1.2 Patch
  • World Basketball Manager 2008 - 1.8.3 Patch


  • SoundBlaster X-Fi 2.15.0006 Driver

    15 March 2008


    Creative has released the 2.15.0006 audio driver for the X-Fi series under Windows XP and Vista. These drivers resolve issues on systems with 4GB of RAM as well as fixing I/O detection issues.



    Game Patches

    15 March 2008


  • Albatross 18 S3 Revolution - 410 Patch
  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.10.03 Patch
  • Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday - Armageddon - 1.2 Patch
  • Talisman Online - 1385 Patch


  • Diskeeper 2008 Build 770

    14 March 2008


    Diskeeper Corp. has released an updated Build 770 of the Diskeeper 2008 defragmentation utility for Windows XP and Vista. The new version includes bug fixes, improvements to Smart Defrag and support for Windows Server 2008. To obtain this update open Diskeeper, go to Configure Diskeeper>Updates and Upgrades and click 'Check Now'.



    Game Patches

    14 March 2008


  • Race 07 - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • STALKER 1.0006 Patch

    13 March 2008


    GSC has released the 1.0006 Patch for STALKER. The patch has only multiplayer-related fixes as well as the addition of a new anti-cheat engine. I've updated the STALKER Tweak Guide for the changes, see page 4 for details.



    Game Patches

    13 March 2008


  • Anarchy Online - 17.7.80 Patch
  • Anarchy Online: Shadowlands - 17.7.80 Patch
  • Aquadelic GT - 1.2 Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.7624 Patch
  • Harpoon: Commander's Edition - 2008.024 Patch
  • Lost Empire: Immortals - 1.02 Patch
  • Phoenix Dynasty Online - 7152 Patch
  • Sins of a Solar Empire - 1.03 Patch


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    12 March 2008


    Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can obtain through Windows Update. Aside from the updates listed here, this month there are also several security updates for Microsoft Office which you can download here.



    Game Patches

    12 March 2008


  • Galactic Command Echo Squad SE - 2.10.02 Patch


  • Windows Updates

    11 March 2008


    Microsoft has released an Update for the Windows Mail Junk Email Filter in Windows Vista.



    RivaTuner 2.08

    11 March 2008


    Unwinder has released RivaTuner 2.08. The latest version has some bug fixes and further improvements for the latest graphics cards and drivers.



    Game Patches

    11 March 2008


  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • The Ship - Update via Steam
  • The Witcher - 1.2a Patch


  • Steam Beta Client

    9 March 2008


    Valve has released a new Steam Beta Client to address issues with launching some games, such as Frontlines: Fuel of War.



    DirectX March Update

    8 March 2008


    Microsoft has released the DirectX March Update. It is generally recommended that all Windows users update their DirectX for optimal performance and compatibility.



    Game Patches

    8 March 2008


  • Audiosurf - Update via Steam
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne - 1.3 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 169.44

    7 March 2008


    Nvidia has released a new Beta Forceware 169.44 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the recently released Crysis 1.2 Patch.



    Crysis 1.2 Patch

    7 March 2008


    Crytek has released a major 1.2 Patch for Crysis. The patch contains a long list of changes, including gameplay balance tweaks and a large number of fixes. I will update the Crysis Tweak Guide shortly for all the changes.


    Update: The guide has now been updated, and in particular see pages 4 and 12 for the changes.



    Game Patches

    7 March 2008


  • Carriers at War - 1.02.2 Patch
  • Dominions 3: The Awakening - 3.15 Patch
  • Loki - 1.0.8.3 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst 8.3

    6 March 2008


    ATI has released the Catalyst 8.3 graphics drivers. The changes include support for 3-4 cards in CrossfireX mode, official DX10.1 support, HydraVision support in Vista, Digital Panel scaling, Advanced Video Quality controls and Tessellation support, as well as performance improvements and fixes.



    Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

    6 March 2008


    Microsoft has released Beta 1 of the Internet Explorer 8 browser. The beta is meant for those who wish to experiment, and you can also view the Release Notes for more details.



    New Vista Ultimate Site

    6 March 2008


    Microsoft has launched a new UltimatePC site for Vista Ultimate owners. The site lists the current Ultimate Extras such as DreamScene and Hold 'Em Poker, but now also provides Ultimate Exclusives, which are simply discounts off particular software and hardware bundles. Microsoft has indicated that more Ultimate Extras will be coming this year.



    Realtek HD Audio 1.88

    6 March 2008


    Realtek has released Version 1.88 of its HD Audio drivers.



    Game Patches

    6 March 2008


  • Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - 2.202 Patch
  • Conquer Online - 5016 Patch
  • Dofus - 1.22.0 Patch
  • Eudemons Online - 1096 Patch
  • SimCity Societies - Patch 3


  • Java Runtime Environment 6.5

    5 March 2008


    Sun has released an Update 5 to the Java Runtime Environment 6. This is not an essential update but if you run Java-based applications it is recommended.



    PerfectDisk 2008 SP1

    5 March 2008


    Raxco has released an SP1 update for the PerfectDisk 2008 defragmentation utility. The changes include improved speed and a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    5 March 2008


  • CABAL Online - Patch
  • Dreamlords - 1.2.99.7531 Patch
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault - Patch 2
  • World in Conflict - 1.007 Patch


  • 3DMark & PCMark Hotfix

    4 March 2008


    Futuremark has released a new Hotfix for the 3DMark 06, 05, 03 and PCMark 05 benchmarks. This 'February 08 Hotfix' updates these programs for enhanced compatibility with the latest hardware, however it does not affect existing benchmark scores. Note that to install the hotfix correctly in Vista you may need to manually run it with Administrator privileges.



    Game Patches

    4 March 2008


  • Gears of War - Patch 1
  • Penumbra: Black Plague - 1.0.1 Patch
  • Tales of Pirates - 1.37 Patch


  • RivaTuner 2.07

    4 March 2008


    Unwinder has released RivaTuner 2.07. There are a wide range of fixes and improvements including support for the latest Nvidia and ATI graphics cards and drivers, as well as a new task scheduler module and improved compatibility with Vista.



    Game Patches

    1 March 2008


  • Angels Online - 1.0.0.7 Patch
  • Conquest of the Aegean - 3.3.147E Patch
  • Fantasy Wars - Patch 1
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War - SecuROM/Vista Hotfix
  • Speedball 2 Tournament - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Warsow - 0.42 Patch


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