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November 2009



Sandra 2010

30 November 2009


SiSoftware has released a new 2010 Build 16.10 of the free system information utility Sandra.



ATI Catalyst Hotfix

28 November 2009


ATI has released a Hotfix driver which resolves a problem with ATI CrossFireX in Dirt 2.



Game Patches

28 November 2009


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam


  • TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7

    27 November 2009


    After a great deal of time and effort, I'm pleased to announce that the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7 is now available. Designed for novice and advanced users alike, it is written in plain English to help you genuinely understand all key aspects of Windows 7 and your PC. Every major topic is covered in detail: from the correct installation of critical drivers and software, through to simple explanations and recommendations for every significant Windows setting and feature, all performance and convenience tweaks and customizations, as well as thorough troubleshooting advice. Also provided are links and instructions for a large number of reliable free applications which can enhance your system and give you viable alternatives to purchasing commercial software. I hope you find the book worth the wait.


    Update: Press CTRL+F5 if you can't see the new Windows 7 guide on the TGTC download page.



    Nvidia Forceware 195.62

    27 November 2009


    Nvidia has released the Official Forceware 195.62 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. These WHQL drivers are identical to the Beta 195.62 Forceware drivers released yesterday. The package also contains the 9.09.0814 PhysX drivers.



    CCleaner 2.26.1050

    27 November 2009


    A new Version 2.26.1050 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. This version improves Windows 7 cleaning, adds Windows DNS cache cleaning support, and has a range of improvements and fixes.



    QuickTime 7.6.5

    27 November 2009


    Apple has released a new Version 7.6.5 of the QuickTime media player. This version fixes several bugs.



    Nvidia Beta Forceware 195.62

    26 November 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 195.62 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. They are a WHQL candidate which means they are likely to be identical to the official WHQL drivers to be released shortly. This version contains several bug fixes compared with the 195.55 Beta Forceware. The package also contains the 9.09.0814 PhysX drivers.



    SoundBlaster USB Beta 1.01.0098

    26 November 2009


    Creative has released a Beta 1.01.0098 driver specifically designed for USB-based SoundBlaster audio cards under Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.



    Game Patches

    26 November 2009


  • 5Street - 0.34 Patch
  • Armada 2526 - 1.01 Patch
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Windows Updates

    25 November 2009


    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

    25 November 2009


  • Call of Duty: World at War - 1.7 Patch
  • Geo-Political Simulator - 2.39 Patch


  • Site Update

    24 November 2009


    One last update on the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7. It has been completed, edited and formatted since yesterday, however the preparation of the Deluxe Edition is still underway. I'm including roughly three times as many illustrative screenshots and images in the new Deluxe Edition, and this is taking much longer than anticipated. I'm confident all versions will be ready for release by Friday morning. I apologize again for the delays but I'm really trying to make this the best TGTC ever, and that requires a lot of time-consuming attention to detail.



    Game Patches

    24 November 2009


  • And Yet It Moves - Update via Steam
  • Field of Glory - 1.01 Patch
  • Garry's Mod - Update via Steam
  • Massive Assault Network 2 - 2.0.263 Patch


  • Opera 10.10

    23 November 2009


    The free Opera browser has been updated to Version 10.10. This version introduces the Opera Unites feature, containing a range of media, messaging and file sharing capabilities. There are also a range of bug fixes and improvements.



    Game Patches

    23 November 2009


  • Dark Horizon - 1.0.6.0 Patch
  • Tarr Chronicles - 1.0.6.1 Patch


  • FRAPS 3.0.3

    22 November 2009


    A new Version 3.0.3 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes an installer bug.



    Game Patches

    22 November 2009


  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Section 8 - 1.1 Patch


  • GPU-Z 0.3.7

    21 November 2009


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.3.7. The changes include a range of fixes and improvements, and supports new chipsets.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.37

    21 November 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.37 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'.



    FRAPS 3.0.2

    21 November 2009


    A new Version 3.0.2 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version fixes several bugs.



    Game Patches

    21 November 2009


  • Dreamkiller - Update via Steam
  • Shattered Horizon - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 World Adventures - 2.2.8 Patch


  • Game Patches

    20 November 2009


  • Blood Bowl - 1.1.2.1 Patch
  • Field of Glory - 1.01 Patch
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 - 1.02 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • The Sims 3 - 1.7.9 Patch


  • Office 2010 Beta

    19 November 2009


    Microsoft has released the Office 2010 Beta to the general public. The beta will expire on 31 October 2010. The final version is due for release around March - May 2010.



    Game Patches

    19 November 2009


  • The Sims 3 - 1.6.6 Patch


  • Nvidia Beta Forceware 195.55

    18 November 2009


    Nvidia has released the Beta Forceware 195.55 driver for Windows XP, Vista and 7. These drivers are for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200 and ION series cards. This version adds GPU acceleration of online HD content in association with Adobe Flash 10.1 Beta, adds SLI/multi-GPU support for a range of games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, improves performance in Need for Speed: Shift, and has a range of bug fixes. The package also contains the 9.09.0814 PhysX drivers.



    ATI Catalyst 9.11

    18 November 2009


    ATI has released the Catalyst 9.11 graphics drivers for the HD2000 series and newer. This version includes GPU acceleration of H.264 content in association with Adobe Flash 10.1 Beta, and high quality downscaling for video transcoding MSE, as well as a range of fixes.



    Game Patches

    18 November 2009


  • Borderlands - 1.01 Patch
  • Dragon Age: Origins - 1.01b Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Section 8 - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    17 November 2009


    A quick update on the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7 - I am in the editing and formatting phase. I'm aiming for a release this coming weekend if all goes well. Thanks to all those who have been patient and supportive throughout this process.



    Office 2010 Beta

    17 November 2009


    Microsoft has released the Office 2010 Beta to Technet and MSDN subscribers. It is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and the beta is the Professional edition of Office 2010. It will be released to the general public shortly.



    Game Patches

    17 November 2009


  • And Yet It Moves - 1.1.0 Patch
  • Gangland - 1.4 Patch
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel - Ice & Blood - 2.65.1.0 Patch
  • SunAge - 1.09.4 Patch
  • Takeda 3 - 1.20.2.0 Patch


  • Game Patches

    15 November 2009


  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam


  • Real Temp 3.40

    14 November 2009


    Real Temp, a free system temperature monitoring utility, has reached Version 3.40. The changes include support for the latest chipsets, a new i7 Turbo tool, a new LoadTester tool, and a range of improvements and fixes.



    Game Patches

    14 November 2009


  • Ship Simulator 2008 - 1.4.2 Patch


  • Chrome 3.0.195.33

    12 November 2009


    Google has released Version 3.0.195.33 of the Chrome browser. This version contains a security fix and a bug fix.



    FRAPS 3.0.1

    12 November 2009


    A new Version 3.0.1 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version adds a minimize to tray option and fixes a bug with video defaulting to 30FPS at startup.



    Safari 4.0.4

    12 November 2009


    Apple has updated the Safari browser to Version 4.0.4 for Windows. This update includes compatibility, stability, and security fixes, as well as improved JavaScript and Full History Search performance.



    Game Patches

    12 November 2009


  • Combat Mission: Shock Force - 1.21 Patch
  • Halo: Combat Evolved - 1.09 Patch
  • Shattered Horizon - Update via Steam


  • Microsoft Security Updates

    11 November 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

    11 November 2009


  • Grand Theft Auto IV - 1.0.5.0 Patch
  • Hearts of Iron 3 - 1.3 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo - Update via Steam
  • Live for Speed S2 - Z25 Patch
  • SpaceForce: Rogue Universe - Update via Steam
  • Star Wars: Force Unleased - 1.1 Patch
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • World Racing 2 - 1.4.3 Patch


  • Game Patches

    10 November 2009


  • Left 4 Dead - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo:Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Tropico 3 - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    8 November 2009


    The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 7 is unfortunately not going to be available for at least another week, perhaps longer. It has become a very large project - currently it is roughly 400 pages long - and in all respects superior to previous TGTCs. I can only ask for continued patience, and as someone who has spent around 2 months working on it non-stop, I can assure you that I'm the first to want to see it completed and released as soon as possible!



    FRAPS 3.0.0

    7 November 2009


    A new Version 3.0.0 of the FPS measurement, benchmarking and video capture utility FRAPS has been released. This version has a new interface, provides DirectX 11 and Windows 7 support, adds the ability to capture Stereoscopic 3D Vision video up to 1920x1200 for D3D9 games, has a new Lossless RGB option, and can mix both game sound and external input in Vista or Windows 7.



    Chrome 3.0.195.32

    7 November 2009


    Google has released Version 3.0.195.32 of the Chrome browser. This version fixes several security and stability issues.



    Game Patches

    7 November 2009


  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo:Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Osmos - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Talisman Online - 1578 Patch
  • Torchlight - 1.12 Patch


  • Foxit Reader 3.1

    7 November 2009


    The free Foxit PDF Reader has been updated to Version 3.1.3.1030. This version fixes an issue which prevented PDF documents being printed with specific printers.



    AMD Overdrive 3.1

    6 November 2009


    AMD has released Version 3.1 of its Overdrive utility for AMD chipset motherboards. It allows users to tune various system performance, stability and cooling parameters.



    Firefox 3.5.5

    6 November 2009


    Mozilla has released Version 3.5.5 of the Firefox browser. This version contains several stability fixes.



    Game Patches

    6 November 2009


  • Close Combat: The Longest Day - 5.50.07 Patch
  • Dark Salvation - 1.06 Patch
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Update via Steam
  • FIFA Manager 10 - 2.0.0.3 Patch
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - Patch


  • Game Patches

    5 November 2009


  • Darkest of Days - 1.05 Patch
  • Killing Floor - Update via Steam


  • Process Monitor 2.8

    4 November 2009


    Microsoft has updated the free Process Monitor system monitoring utility to Version 2.8. This version displays new Windows 7 CreateFile options, along with other enhancements.



    Java Runtime Environment 6.17

    4 November 2009


    Sun has released an Update 17 to the Java Runtime Environment 6.



    DivX 7.2.1

    4 November 2009


    The DivX video codec package has been updated to Version 7.2.1.



    Shockwave 11.5.2.602

    4 November 2009


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.5.2.602 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    4 November 2009


  • Darkest of Days - Update via Steam
  • Madballs in Babo:Invasion - Update via Steam
  • Steam Client - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 - Update via Steam


  • VLC Media Player 1.0.3

    3 November 2009


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 1.0.3. This version has various improvements and bug fixes, in particular addressing a quality issue in Windows 7.



    Realtek HD Audio 2.36

    3 November 2009


    Realtek has released Version 2.36 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

    3 November 2009


  • Everyday Genius: SquareLogic - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    1 November 2009


  • 5Street - 0.31 Patch
  • Machinarium - Patch


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