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October 2012



SoundBlaster Drivers

31 October 2012


Creative has released Drivers (Non-Beta) for a range of audio cards, including most of the SoundBlaster X-Fi series and the SoundBlaster Audigy 4. Changes include bug fixes and support for Windows 8.



Game Patches

31 October 2012


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Gary Grigsby's War in the East - 1.06.19 Patch
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Update via Steam
  • Men of War: Assault Squad - 2.05.14 Patch
  • Of Orcs and Men - 1.0.0.2 Patch
  • The Sims 3 - 1.42.130 Patch


  • Game Patches

    30 October 2012


  • Deadlight - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam


  • CPU-Z 1.62

    28 October 2012


    A new Version 1.62 of the CPU-Z information utility has been released. This version supports new chipsets and has performance and validation improvements.



    GPU-Z 0.6.6

    28 October 2012


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.6.6. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as various bug fixes.



    Firefox 16.0.2

    27 October 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 16.0.2 of the Firefox browser. This update contains security fixes.



    Windows 8 Media Center

    27 October 2012


    For those running Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft is providing the Windows Media Center Pack for free. You can get a product key for this pack by entering your email address here.



    Game Patches

    27 October 2012


  • Battle Academy - 2.0.6 Patch
  • F1 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Hotline Miami - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Tiny Troopers - 1.2 Patch


  • Windows 8 Released

    26 October 2012


    Microsoft has publicly released the final retail version of Windows 8. It comes in three editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT. The differences in editions are shown in a chart in this article. If you're currently running Windows XP, Vista or 7, you can purchase the download-only upgrade edition of Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 in most countries, or a DVD copy of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $69.99. The download-only version can be saved as an ISO file for later use, and also allows a clean install - details of exactly how the upgrade works are in this article. You can also get the upgrade for $14.99 if you purchased a Windows 7 PC after 2 June 2012.



    Update: Keep in mind that Windows 8 is steadily being released around the world in different time zones, so it may not be available for your region just yet. If the $39.99 upgrade purchase link above doesn't work for you, you can either use this Microsoft Store link and select Windows on the main page, or download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to initiate the upgrade purchase.



    CCleaner 3.24.1850

    26 October 2012


    A new Version 3.24.1850 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. The changes in this version include Firefox plugin and extension management, improvements for 64-bit Windows 7 and 8, along with various minor improvements and bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    26 October 2012


  • Borderlands 2 - Update via Steam
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Farming Simulator 2013 - 1.3 Patch
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Mark of the Ninja - Update via Steam
  • Max Payne 3 - 1.0.0.78 Patch
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam HD: TSE - Update via Steam


  • Skype 6.0

    25 October 2012


    A new Version 6.0.0.120 of the communications utility Skype has been released. This version has various interface improvements, and better Facebook and Messenger integration, along with several bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    25 October 2012


  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 - 1.1.3 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Mark of the Ninja - Update via Steam
  • Pirates, Vikings and Knights II - Update via Steam
  • Tiny Troopers - Update via Steam


  • Nvidia GeForce Beta 310.33

    24 October 2012


    Nvidia has released the Beta 310.33 graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher desktop cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It contains performance improvements for the 400, 500 and 600 series, updated SLI, 3D Vision and Ambient Occlusion profiles, and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Shockwave 11.6.8.638

    24 October 2012


    Adobe has released a new Version 11.6.8.638 of the Shockwave player plugin for browsers.



    Windows Updates

    24 October 2012


    Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8. There is an Update that adds support for Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) in Windows 7; a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 Update for Windows 7; and an Update that addresses a Windows Update issue in Windows 8.



    Game Patches

    24 October 2012


  • Combat Mission: Fortress Italy - 1.01 Patch
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Rock of Ages - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam 3 - Update via Steam
  • Steam client - Update via Steam


  • AMD Catalyst 12.10

    23 October 2012


    AMD has released the official Catalyst 12.10 graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above under Windows Vista, 7 and 8. It provides full support for WDDM 1.2, takes advantage of various new Windows 8 optimizations and features, and adds Enduro support for notebooks. The driver also has a range of bug fixes.



    AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta

    23 October 2012


    AMD has released the Catalyst 12.11 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows Vista, 7 and 8. This driver contains performance improvements in a range of games.



    Game Patches

    23 October 2012


  • Combat Arms - Update via Steam
  • Commander: Europe at War - 2.10 Patch
  • Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage - 1.3 Patch
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - 1.5 Patch
  • Lunar Flight - Update via Steam
  • Tower Wars - Update via Steam


  • Site Update

    21 October 2012


    With Windows 8 due for retail release next week, I've almost completed the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 8. However it still won't be released until December due to a range of factors. One is the large amount of editing needed to polish the book. Another is that I'm doing two major game guides for Nvidia back-to-back in November. Finally, I also want to be sure that I include any new tips or useful utilities which appear in the first hectic month after Windows 8's public release. I'd rather get the book right than try to rush it out just to capitalize on the Windows 8 release hype. As with the previous TGTC releases, there will be a free version and a Deluxe Edition available.



    Game Patches

    20 October 2012


  • Home - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • RaceRoom Racing Experience - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam
  • Torchlight II - Update via Steam


  • VLC Media Player 2.0.4

    19 October 2012


    The free VLC Media Player has been updated to Version 2.0.4. This version contains various bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    19 October 2012


  • Anno 2070 - 2.00 Patch
  • Crusader Kings II - 1.07 Patch
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Il-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Update via Steam
  • Krater - Update via Steam
  • Mark of the Ninja - Update via Steam
  • Rock of Ages - Update via Steam
  • The Political Machine 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Torchlight II - Update via Steam


  • SoundBlaster Beta Drivers

    18 October 2012


    Creative has released Beta Drivers for the SoundBlaster Audigy 4 and Live! 24-bit sound cards. The drivers provide support for these cards under Windows 8.



    WinZip 17.0

    18 October 2012


    The archival utility WinZip has been upgraded to Version 17.0 Build 10283.



    Game Patches

    18 October 2012


  • Borderlands 2 - Update via Steam
  • Diablo 3 - 1.05 Patch
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Mark of the Ninja - Update via Steam
  • Spiral Knights - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam


  • Java Runtime Environment 7.09

    17 October 2012


    Oracle has released an Update 9 to the Java Runtime Environment 7.



    Game Patches

    17 October 2012


  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 - 1.01 Patch
  • The Testament of Sherlock Holmes - 1.00.2 Patch
  • Tower Wars - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    16 October 2012


  • Hell Yeah - Update via Steam
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI - Update via Steam
  • Really Big Sky - Update via Steam
  • Serious Sam 3 - Update via Steam
  • Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter - Update via Steam


  • Adobe Reader 11

    15 October 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.0 of the Adobe Reader software for viewing PDF documents, now known as Adobe Reader XI. This is a major update, containing a range of new features and changes.



    SetPoint 6.50

    14 October 2012


    Logitech has released Version 6.50 of the SetPoint software for mice and keyboards. Changes include support for Windows 8 and configuration support for new products.



    Game Patches

    13 October 2012


  • F1 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Super Monday Night Combat - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 16.0.1

    12 October 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 16.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update resolves a security vulnerability introduced in Firefox 16.0.



    GPU-Z 0.6.5

    12 October 2012


    GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.6.5. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as various bug fixes.



    Game Patches

    12 October 2012


  • Borderlands 2 - Update via Steam
  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Magicka - Update via Steam
  • Panzer Corps - 1.11 Patch
  • Torchlight II - Update via Steam
  • Warlock - Master of the Arcane - Update via Steam
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Update via Steam


  • Chrome 22.0.1229.94

    11 October 2012


    Google has released Version 22.0.1229.94 of the Chrome browser. This version contains security fixes.



    Nvidia GeForce 306.97

    11 October 2012


    Nvidia has released the 306.97 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7 and 8. It is the recommended driver for the Windows 8 launch, and also adds support for the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti. It is recommended for Borderlands 2 and WoW: Mists of Pandaria, and adds new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers.



    Game Patches

    11 October 2012


  • F1 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Max Payne 3 - 1.0.0.57 Patch
  • Toy Soldiers - Update via Steam


  • Firefox 16.0

    10 October 2012


    Mozilla has released Version 16.0 of the Firefox browser. The most significant changes are improvements to JavaScript performance, and web app support. Details are on page 3 of the updated Firefox Tweak Guide.


    Update: Mozilla has temporarily removed the Firefox 16.0 update, as it contains a security vulnerability.



    Nvidia GeForce 306.89

    10 October 2012


    Nvidia has released the 306.89 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is only for the new GeForce GTX 650 Ti card under Windows Vista, 7 and 8. For Windows XP, a separate 306.81 driver has been released for the GeForce GTX 650 Ti.



    Microsoft Security Updates

    10 October 2012


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



    Chrome 22.0.1229.92

    10 October 2012


    Google has released Version 22.0.1229.92 of the Chrome browser. This version updates the Flash player, as well as containing security and stability fixes.



    Game Patches

    10 October 2012


  • Microsoft Flight - Update via Steam
  • Team Fortress 2 / Day of Defeat: Source / HL2 Deathmatch - Update via Steam
  • Train Simulator 2013 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    9 October 2012


  • Max Payne 3 - 1.0.0.56 Patch


  • Windows Updates

    9 October 2012


    Microsoft has released an Update for the Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all versions of Windows 8, including both RTM and Release Preview.



    Flash Player 11.4.402.287

    9 October 2012


    Adobe has released Version 11.4.402.287 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers.



    Game Patches

    6 October 2012


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Legend of Grimrock - 1.3.1 Patch
  • PoxNora - Update via Steam
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2012 - 1.4.0.0 Patch
  • Torchlight II - Update via Steam


  • Windows Essentials 2012

    5 October 2012


    Microsoft has updated the Windows Essentials 2012 package, which contains a range of programs including Windows Live Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. No changelist is available.



    Process Explorer 15.23

    5 October 2012


    Microsoft has released Version 15.23 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. This version adds the ability to view the process token of protected processes and fixes bugs on Windows XP and Windows PE.



    Game Patches

    5 October 2012


  • Dota 2 - Update via Steam
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Update via Steam
  • Rochard - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    4 October 2012


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam
  • Defense Grid - Update via Steam
  • F1 2012 - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    3 October 2012


  • Carrier Command: Gaea Mission - 1.02 Patch
  • Endless Space - Update via Steam
  • F1 2012 - Update via Steam
  • Nuclear Dawn - Update via Steam
  • Payday: The Heist - Update via Steam


  • Game Patches

    2 October 2012


  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Update via Steam


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