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Firefox 66.0.1

23 March 2019


Mozilla has released Version 66.0.1 of the Firefox browser. This update provides security fixes.



Intel HD Graphics 25.20

23 March 2019


Intel has released Version 25.20.100.6618 of its HD Graphics drivers for the optimal performance of Integrated Graphics Processors on Intel CPUs. This release includes a new Graphics Command Center game optimization software.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.3.3

21 March 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.3.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver provides support for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Generation Zero, along with bug fixes.



Nvidia GeForce 419.67 CRD

21 March 2019


Nvidia has released the 419.67 CRD Creater Ready Drivers. This driver is for GeForce 1050 series and higher graphics cards under Windows 7 and 10. The CRD drivers are a new class of driver, alongside WHQL and Beta releases, that specifically improve performance and stability in creative applications such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Cinema 4D. Select Creator Ready Driver from the bottom drop-down box on the driver download page if you want to obtain these drivers.



Chrome 73.0

21 March 2019


Google has released Version 73.0.3683.86 of the Chrome browser. This update provides security and bug fixes.



Windows Updates

20 March 2019


Microsoft has released a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607.



Firefox 66.0

20 March 2019


Mozilla has released Version 66.0 of the Firefox browser. This major update improves performance, enhances smooth scrolling and search, blocks webpage sounds by default, adds support for Windows Hello on Windows 10, and provides security and bug fixes.


Update: Unfortunately, Firefox 66 now allows muted videos to autoplay, even if autoplay videos were previously blocked. To disable all autoplay videos, open about:config and set media.autoplay.default=1, media.autoplay.enabled=false and media.autoplay.allow-muted=false.



Intel Rapid Storage Technology 17.2

19 March 2019


Intel has released Version 17.2.0.1009 of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for optimal RAID and AHCI drive performance on Intel chipset-based motherboards.



GPU-Z 2.18.0

15 March 2019


GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 2.18.0. Changes in this version include support for new chipsets, Hotspot temperature monitoring for the Radeon VII, Vega 10 and 20, updated vendor list, as well as a range of bug fixes.



AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.3.2

15 March 2019


AMD has released the Adrenalin Edition 19.3.2 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7 and 10. This driver improves performance in Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Gathering Storm, adds support for DirectX 12 on Windows7, and provides a range of bug fixes.



Opera 58.0

15 March 2019


The Opera browser has been updated to Version 58.0.3135.107. This version provides bug fixes.



DirectX 12 on Windows 7/Site Update

14 March 2019


Microsoft recently announced that it has added DirectX 12 support to Windows 7, specifically to allow game developers to port certain DX12 optimizations to Windows 7. It's important to understand that this is not the same as enabling full DirectX 12 support on Windows 7; it's a subset of DX12 aimed specifically at improving the performance of the very popular World of Warcraft. Some other games will receive the same optimization as their developers work with MS to take advantage of this new capability.


However, speculation that this backporting of DX12 features to Windows 7 is an indication that MS will extend the ageing operating system's end of life beyond 14 January 2020 is premature. Indeed, Microsoft also announced on the same day that they will soon commence a campaign of "reminder" notifications that will appear on all Windows 7 systems, giving advanced notice of Windows 7's end of life. Microsoft promises that these notifications can be permanently dismissed with a 'do not notify me again' option. From past experience, such MS campaigns quickly turn from polite and optional to unrepetently underhanded.


Regardless, I strongly recommend that those of you still on Windows 7 start preparing for transition to another OS by year's end; an OS that no longer receives security updates is not viable if you value your data. It will also be a good time to upgrade your system hardware, especially as the next-gen Ryzen CPUs from AMD should also be available. I've already got you covered on the hardware upgrade front with some food for thought in my recent Hardware Confusion article - and note: Intel CPU prices have risen as I speculated earlier, and are expected to continue rising this year due to shortages. In terms of which OS to choose, I'll try to get something meaningful out on that topic towards the middle of the year.



Chrome 73.0

14 March 2019


Google has released Version 73.0.3683.75 of the Chrome browser. This update provides feature improvements, as well as security and bug fixes.



Microsoft Security Updates

13 March 2019


Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes the latest Windows 7 Rollup and Windows 8.1 Rollup updates, as well as Windows 10 Cumulative Updates.




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