Windows Updates - Audio-Related Issues

15 September 2019


Microsoft has listed an audio bug in the Known Issues section of the latest Windows 10 version 1903 update (KB4515384). The bug can result in audio being quieter in certain games, and MS has provided a workaround which involves disabling multi-channel audio in the game(s), as well as disabling multi-channel/virtual surround audio in any third party audio control panels, until a fix can be issued later this month. Microsoft has also released an Update that addresses a problem with USB audio 2.0 multi-channel microphones. If Windows detects that you have such a device, the Update will download via Windows Updates.



Fixing Search Issues in Windows 10

13 September 2019


Aside from acknowledging the bugs caused by recent Windows 10 Updates, Microsoft has now also released a Support Article that covers several different methods for attempting to fix Search-related issues.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.9.2

13 September 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.9.2 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver improves support for Borderlands 3, adds Radeon Image Sharpening to the RX 470, 480, 570, 580 and 590 series GPUs under DX12 and Vulkan, along with a range of bug fixes.



iTunes 12.10

13 September 2019


Apple has released a new Version 12.10 of the iTunes software. If you don't wish to use the Windows Store to download iTunes, direct download links are provided: 64-bit Version, 32-bit Version. This version adds iOS 13 support, as well as security and bug fixes.



Windows Updates

12 September 2019


Once again there are mixed reports about the latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10 version 1903 (KB4515384), such as those on Reddit. These include continued search problems and Start Menu errors. At the moment, Microsoft has not listed any Known Issues on the Update's Page. I'm not experiencing any issues either.


Update: Microsoft now acknowledges these issues in the latest update on their general Windows 10 Issues page. No ETA for a fix is provided.



Ryzen 3000 Boost & Idle Changes

11 September 2019


AMD has posted a new Community Update on its blog discussing improvements to Boost and Idle behaviour that will be included in BIOS releases for Ryzen 3000 CPUs in coming weeks.



GPU-Z 2.25.0

11 September 2019


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.25.0. Changes in this version include the main tab showing support status for Vulkan, DirectX Raytracing, OpenGL & DirectML, support for new chipsets such as Intel Ice Lake, improved clock speed reporting on AMD Navi, as well as bug fixes.



Chrome 77.0

11 September 2019


Google has released Version 77.0.3865.75 of the Chrome browser. This major update provides new features and improvements, along with security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

11 September 2019


Microsoft is releasing its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here, and obtain via Windows Update as they become available today. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.


Update: The latest Windows 10 Cumulative Update contains a fix for the Cortana High CPU Usage bug. There also seems to be a slight change to the way Windows Update now works in Windows 10 - more details & my thoughts on it are on the Site Updates page.



Nvidia GeForce 436.30 WHQL

11 September 2019


Nvidia has released the 436.30 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 600 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PC Open Beta, Gears 5, and Borderlands 3. It also adds support for new G-Sync compatible monitors.



Flash Player 32.0

11 September 2019


Adobe has released Version 32.0.0.255 of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. To download the full offline installer, use these links depending upon your browser: Internet Explorer or Firefox or Opera. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8 and 10, and Edge under Windows 10. Update to the latest version of Chrome to update its built-in Flash Player.



O&O Shutup10 1.6

10 September 2019


O&O Software has released Version 1.6.1403 of the free O&O Shutup10 utility, designed to provide greater control over Windows 10's privacy and update related settings. This version allows the search field in the Taskbar to be deactivated from Windows 10 version 1903 onwards, as well as providing bug fixes.



Process Explorer 16.30

7 September 2019


Microsoft has released Version 16.30 of the free Process Explorer utility, which is a more detailed version of Task Manager. A changelog is not yet available.



Bluekeep Threat Level Rises

7 September 2019


A serious security vulnerability dubbed Bluekeep, which was recently discovered in Windows XP, Vista and 7 (Windows 8 & 10 are unaffected), may be even more dangerous as a Working Exploit has now been added to the open-source Metasploit testing framework. However, this only affects Windows 7 64-bit, and Microsoft already released Security Updates to address Bluekeep several months ago.



Intel HD Graphics 26.20

6 September 2019


Intel has released Version 26.20.100.7158 of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs. Importantly, this driver adds support for 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs with UHD graphics. It also provides performance improvements in a range of games including: eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, Greedfall, Children of Morta, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Pagan Online and Age of Wonders: Planetfall, as well as general OpenCL optimizations.




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