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29 July 2016

If all goes according to plan, Windows 10 will cease to be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users within the next 24 hours, and that will hopefully be the end of the incessant and deceptive Windows 10 upgrade prompts. My opinion of Windows 10 remains unchanged: it is the worst version of Windows ever released, simply because it marks the inevitable reduction of user choice and control over the OS, and the true beginning of Microsoft's unambiguous and unashamedly heavy-handed attempts to make money by herding users towards their Windows Store walled garden and its meagre cache of dumbed-down mobile-oriented "Universal apps". To reinforce this point, this article reports that the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will remove a range of Group Policy settings from Windows 10 Pro, specifically to prevent users from blocking Store, advertising and telemetry-related annoyances. Earlier this week, Tim Sweeney of Epic Games voiced similar concerns about MS turning the PC into a closed platform. It may seem fanciful or even alarmist at first, but having witnessed Microsoft's dramatic transformation into an incompetent anti-consumer company, I genuinely feel that it's not unreasonable to assume that MS will indeed abuse its desktop OS monopoly more and more over time. If you're currently using Windows 7, I strongly recommend that you remain on it until its official end of support date of January 2020.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.7.3

29 July 2016

AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.7.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver improves performance in Rise of the Tomb Raider, and provides a range of bug fixes.

Skype 7.26

27 July 2016

A new Version of the communications utility Skype has been released.

Windows Updates

22 July 2016

Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 as Rollup Updates for this month. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.

Nvidia GeForce 368.95 Hotfix

22 July 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.95 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 400 series and above under Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. It fixes a DPC latency bug on Pascal GPUs.

Chrome 52.0

21 July 2016

Google has released Version 52.0.2743.82 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.

Flash Player 22.0

20 July 2016

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for Internet Explorer only. To download the full offline installer, use this link: Internet Explorer.

Java Runtime Environment 8.101

20 July 2016

Oracle has released an Update 101 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.

Windows Updates

20 July 2016

Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article. Note: KB3035583 and KB3173040 are Windows 10 upgrade related updates.

CCleaner 5.20

19 July 2016

A new Version 5.20.5668 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include support for the Vivaldi browser, improvements to Chrome and Firefox cleaning, DPI improvements, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

iTunes 12.4.2

19 July 2016

Apple has released a new Version 12.4.2 of the iTunes software. This version fixes an Apple Music playback bug and provides security fixes.

Nvidia GeForce 368.81 WHQL

15 July 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.81 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. It provides the best experience in Virtual Reality games, including Nvidia VR Funhouse, Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data, and The Assembly. It also adds support for the new Ansel technology in Mirror's Edge Catalyst. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.16.0318 and GeForce Experience version 2.11.4.

GPU-Z 1.9.0

14 July 2016

GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 1.9.0. Changes include support for new chipsets and bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Updates

13 July 2016

Microsoft has released its monthly set of Windows security updates which you can view here and obtain via Windows Update. This includes a cumulative update for Windows 10, with the changes noted here.

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