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Windows Essentials

17 April 2014

Microsoft has updated the Windows Essentials package, which contains a range of programs including Windows Live Mail, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. The changelog is not yet available.

Nvidia GeForce 337.61 Beta Hotfix

17 April 2014

Nvidia has released the 337.61 Beta Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards under Windows 7 and 8. It is specifically aimed at resolving display issues on Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q/UP2414Q LCD monitors, and for systems which experience a Code 43 error message after installing driver 337.50 on a PC with Hyper-V enabled. In all other respects it is the same as the recent 337.50 GeForce drivers.

Windows Updates

17 April 2014

Microsoft has released a new version of the Updates which were part of Windows 8.1 Update 1, as well as providing an Update to solve an issue on Windows 8.1 systems that use WSUS.

Media Player Classic Home Cinema 1.7.4

17 April 2014

A new Version 1.7.4 of the free Media Player Classic Home Cinema player has been released. This update adds autorefresh for the information and title bar, has subtitle improvements, and contains bug fixes.

Java Runtime Environment 8.5

16 April 2014

Oracle has released an Update 5 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.

Java Runtime Environment 7.55

16 April 2014

Oracle has released an Update 55 to the Java Runtime Environment 7.

GPU-Z 0.7.8

14 April 2014

GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.7.8. Changes include the ability to resize the GPU-Z window while sensor tab is active, support for new chipsets as well as bug fixes.

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.5

9 April 2014

Microsoft has released a new Version 4.5.0216.0 of its free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-malware package for Windows Vista and 7. You can update from the link above, or wait for it to become available via Windows Update.

Chrome 34.0

9 April 2014

Google has released Version 34.0.1847.116 of the Chrome browser. Changes in this version include a different look for Windows 8 Metro mode, new apps/extension APIs, updating of the Flash Player, along with security and bug fixes.

Windows 8.1 Update 1

9 April 2014

Microsoft has officially released Update 1 for Windows 8.1. It is available for free from Windows Update. You can also download the files directly: first ensure that you have installed the Prerequisite Update, then download either the 32-bit or 64-bit update files and install them in the specific order detailed under the Install Instructions section. The majority of the changes in Update 1 are aimed at improving the usability of Metro for mouse and keyboard. Details of the changes are provided here. Note: Microsoft has stated that all future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows 8.1 require this update to be installed. I will be updating the TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 8 to cover all of the changes, along with a few other updates, over the next couple of weeks - stay tuned.

Windows XP End of Support

9 April 2014

A final reminder that today marks the official End of Support for Windows XP. Microsoft will no longer provide any updates for Windows XP, including security updates. Some third party software developers are also dropping XP support in their products and drivers. This leaves Windows XP users open to security vulnerabilities. If you are running Windows XP on a system that is connected to the Internet, or on which you run any files downloaded from the Internet or copied from other systems, then it is strongly recommended that you update to a recent and fully supported OS, such as Windows 7 or 8.

Microsoft Security Updates

9 April 2014

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

Flash Player 13.0

9 April 2014

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.

Nvidia GeForce 337.50 Beta

8 April 2014

Nvidia has released the 337.50 Beta graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 8 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. It introduces DirectX optimizations which increase performance across a range of games. It also contains a new 3D Compatibility Mode, and updated SLI and 3D Vision profiles, as well as bug fixes. The driver package incorporates the 9.13.1220 PhysX drivers and GeForce Experience 2.0.

Site Update

4 April 2014

There are interesting changes afoot for Windows based on recent announcements, such as those at this week's Microsoft Build Developer Conference. Little by little, there are positive signs that Microsoft is at least trying to rectify its complete loss of direction, a loss of direction that drove me to write an angry Windows 8.1 opinion piece last year. Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock, makers of key Windows 8 utilities Start8 and ModernMix, has published a short Opinion Piece over at Neowin that summarizes the recent missteps, and now the potential return to a cohesive vision, for Microsoft. It's still early days, and we have yet to see whether all of this talk actually translates into appropriate actions. But I finally have some hope that Windows will see a return of user choice, and some respect for traditional desktop users. All I ask now is that game developers have a similar epiphany, and stop churning out the same old rubbish with a shiny new coat of paint each year.

Opera 20.0

3 April 2014

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 20.0.1387.91. This version contains bug fixes.

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