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May 2009



Office 2010 Technical Preview

30 May 2009


Microsoft has opened Registrations for the Office 2010 Technical Preview program. This is an invite-only program, and those who register will be put on a waiting list and may become selected as a beta tester when the program begins in mid-July 2009.



Game Patches

30 May 2009


  • Flock - 1.02 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • SoundBlaster Audigy, Live! and X-Fi Xtreme Audio Beta 1.04.0090

    29 May 2009


    Creative has released a Beta 1.04.0090 driver specifically designed for the Audigy, Live! and X-Fi Xtreme Audio cards under Windows 7.



    Java Runtime Environment 6.14

    29 May 2009


    Sun has released an Update 14 to the Java Runtime Environment 6.



    CCleaner 2.20.920

    29 May 2009


    A new Version 2.20.920 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version has a range of minor enhancements and bug fixes, as well as 64-bit improvements.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.25

    29 May 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.25 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 select 'Software'.



    Game Patches

    29 May 2009


  • Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 - 1.1.0 Patch


  • TweakGuides Tweaking Companion

    28 May 2009


    The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista has been updated to Version 2.4. This is only a very minor update to note a few changes and details relating to SP2. Both the Regular and Deluxe editions have been updated, and the change list is at the bottom of the TGTC download page as usual. While SP2 contains a range of changes and improvements, most of these are beneath the hood - such as performance improvements - and hence have not necessitated a major revision to the guide.



    PerfectDisk 10

    28 May 2009


    Raxco has released Build 108 of the PerfectDisk 10 defragmentation utility.



    Game Patches

    27 May 2009


  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • Windows Vista SP2

    26 May 2009


    Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista, in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Vista SP2 contains a range of enhancements and changes as detailed in this Microsoft Article. There are several things to note regarding SP2: (1) You must have SP1 installed before you can install SP2; (2) If you have used the vLite utility to install Vista you may get an error installing SP2 - details are here; (3) Once SP2 is successfully installed, open an Admin command prompt and run the command compcln.exe to execute the SP2 clean up tool. I will update the TGTC for Vista shortly, though the only major changes are pretty much as detailed above.



    Windows Updates

    26 May 2009


    Microsoft has released a System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 RC in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. This tool scans your system and ensures that future updates and service packs can be correctly installed.



    Game Patches

    23 May 2009


  • Quake II - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam
  • Wings of Power II: P51 Mustang - FSX Update


  • Chrome 2.0.172.28

    22 May 2009


    Google has released a final Version 2.0.172.28 of the Chrome browser.



    Game Patches

    22 May 2009


  • Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition - 1.02 Patch
  • Commander: Europe at War - 1.12 Patch
  • Depths of Peril - 1.014 Patch
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • ATI Catalyst 9.5

    20 May 2009


    ATI has released the Catalyst 9.5 graphics drivers for the HD2000 series and newer under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The changes in this version include performance improvements in Unigine and Battleforge, a WHQL-certified driver for Windows 7, ATI Stream improvements, and a range of bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    20 May 2009


  • Counter-Strike 1.6 - Update via Steam
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Update via Steam
  • World of Warcraft - 3.1.2 Patch
  • Zeno Clash - Update via Steam


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.24

    19 May 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.24 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 select 'Software'.



    Sandra 2009 SP3c

    19 May 2009


    SiSoftware has released a new 2009 SP3c Build 15.99 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    19 May 2009


  • Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade - 1.031 Patch
  • Men of War - 1.11.3.0 Patch
  • Penumbra: Overture - 1.03 Patch
  • Project Aftermath - Update via Steam
  • Sam & Max: Season One - SecuROM Fix
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Tales of Pirates - 2.00 Patch


  • Game Patches

    16 May 2009


  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam


  • Sandra 2009 SP3a

    15 May 2009


    SiSoftware has released a new 2009 SP3a Build 15.97 of the free system information utility Sandra.



    Game Patches

    15 May 2009


  • Fallout Trilogy - XP/Vista Compatibility Patch
  • Universal Combat CE - 2.0 Patch
  • World Basketball Manager 2009 - 1.9.2 Patch
  • Zero Online - 2861 Patch


  • WinZip 12.1

    14 May 2009


    The archival utility WinZip has been upgraded to Version 12.1.



    Safari 3.2.3

    14 May 2009


    Apple has updated the Safari browser to Version 3.2.3 for Windows. The latest version fixes several security vulnerabilities.



    Game Patches

    14 May 2009


  • CSI: New York - 1.01 Patch
  • Tom Clancy's Endwar - 1.02 Patch
  • Wings of Power 3: P47 - 1.1 Patch


  • Adobe Reader 9.1.1

    14 May 2009


    Adobe has released Version 9.1.1 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents. The changes include addressing two security vulnerabilities.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    13 May 2009


    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.



    Game Patches

    13 May 2009


  • Battlefield 2 - 1.5 Beta 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Update via Steam


  • nForce 15.35 and 15.37

    12 May 2009


    Nvidia has released new nForce 15.35 and 15.37 drivers for most nForce 5, 6, 7 and 9 series motherboards under Windows 7.



    Game Patches

    12 May 2009


  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Project Aftermath - 1.19 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend 2.5D - 0.9.27.0 Patch


  • Realtek HD Audio 2.23

    11 May 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.23 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 select 'Software'.



    AMD Overdrive 3.0.2

    9 May 2009


    AMD has released Version 3.0.2 of its Overdrive utility for AMD chipset motherboards. It allows users to tune various system performance, stability and cooling parameters.



    Game Patches

    9 May 2009


  • Talisman Online - 1534 Patch
  • Two Worlds - 1.7b & Curse of Souls Patch


  • Chrome 1.0.154.65

    8 May 2009


    Google has released a final Version 1.0.154.65 of the Chrome browser.



    AutoRuns 9.5

    8 May 2009


    Microsoft has released AutoRuns 9.5, updating this free startup software identification utility. This version adds the display of audio and video codecs.



    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta

    8 May 2009


    Microsoft has released a beta of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which scans your hardware and installed programs and lets you know whether they meet Windows 7's system requirements, or whether there are any known compatibility issues.



    Nvidia Forceware 185.85

    8 May 2009


    Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 185.85 driver for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. These WHQL certified drivers are for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 100 and 200 series. They contain various bug fixes, improve GPU acceleration on some cards, and provide performance increases over the 182 Forceware series. The package also contains the 9.09.0408 PhysX drivers.



    CCleaner 2.19.901

    8 May 2009


    A new Version 2.19.901 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version fixes a Firefox bug introduced in the previous version.



    Game Patches

    8 May 2009


  • Need for Speed: Undercover - 1.0.1.18 Patch
  • Space Empires V - 1.79 Patch
  • Wonderland Online - 4.0.0 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 182.52

    7 May 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 182.52 driver for Windows XP and Vista. These drivers are a special release for GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200 and Quadro series cards, adding OpenGL 3.1 support. Since they are released on the Nvidia Developer site, they should be considered experimental.



    ATI Catalyst for Windows 7

    7 May 2009


    ATI has released an updated Catalyst Driver specifically for Windows 7. The release is WHQL certified and dated 5 May 2009, and has an 8.612 version number.



    Chrome 1.0.154.64

    6 May 2009


    Google has released a final Version 1.0.154.64 of the Chrome browser.



    Windows 7

    6 May 2009


    Microsoft has released the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) to the general public. The download is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and there is no limit to the number of downloads available. Note that the RC will formally expire on 1 June 2010, however on 1 March 2010 the RC will begin automatically shutting down on a regular basis, meaning the RC has an effective life of 10 months.



    Game Patches

    6 May 2009


  • Baseball Mogul 2010 - 1206 Patch
  • Men of War - 1.11.3 Patch
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - 1.04 Patch
  • Tom Clancy's HAWX - 1.02 Patch
  • War Plan Pacific - 1.03 Patch


  • Unreal Tournament 3 2.1 Patch

    5 May 2009


    Epic has released the 2.1 Patch for UT3. The patch contains a range of changes and fixes. I have updated the UT3 Tweak Guide however there are no significant changes.



    Game Patches

    5 May 2009


  • Elven Legacy - 1.0.9.2 Patch
  • Shadow of Legend - 09270 Patch


  • Game Patches

    4 May 2009


  • America's Army - 2.8.5 Patch


  • SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium Beta 2.17.0007

    3 May 2009


    Creative has released a Beta 2.17.0007 driver specifically designed for the X-Fi Titanium series under Windows 7 Beta.



    Game Patches

    2 May 2009


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


  • CCleaner 2.19.900

    2 May 2009


    A new Version 2.19.900 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version adds support for Firefox 3.5 beta and fixes IE8 cookie deletion after a reboot.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 185.81

    1 May 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 185.81 driver for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 Beta. These drivers are for the GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100 and 200 series and contain various bug fixes, improve GPU acceleration on some cards, and performance increases over the 182 Forceware series. The package also contains the 9.09.0203 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    1 May 2009


  • Left 4 Dead - Update via Steam


  • Windows 7 RC & Vista SP2

    1 May 2009


    Microsoft has released both Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) final (RTM) to MSDN and Technet subscribers. Windows 7 RC will be available to the public on 5 May, and Vista SP2 should be publicly available in the next few days. For now you can read this Microsoft Article detailing notable changes in Vista SP2.



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