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Nvidia GeForce 368.25 WHQL

27 May 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.25 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is only for the new GTX 1080 under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It is the recommended driver for Overwatch, World of Tanks and War Thunder. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.16.0318 and GeForce Experience version 2.11.3.

Chrome 51.0

26 May 2016

Google has released Version 51.0.2704.63 of the Chrome browser. This version improves password management, optimizes page rendering, and provides security and bug fixes.

Windows Updates

26 May 2016

Microsoft has released a non-critical update for Windows 7 and 8.1. Note: This is KB3035583, the main 'Get Windows 10' app, being re-released yet again.

CCleaner 5.18

25 May 2016

A new Version 5.18.5607 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improvements to Edge and Firefox cleaning, optimized detection and cleaning of portable browsers, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

Site Update

24 May 2016

Microsoft has kicked its 'Get Windows 10' deception up another notch. As reported in articles such as this one, the already deceitful GWX nagware, which famously prompts Windows 7 and 8.1 users with only two options, both of which result in upgrading to Windows 10, has been modified again. Previously, you could click the small X in the top right corner of the prompt to exit without upgrading; now, clicking the X also starts the upgrade process. So basically, less tech-savvy users, who are not aware of third party tools like GWX Control Panel or Never10, will now wind up being upgraded to Windows 10 no matter what they click. Microsoft has single-handedly changed operating system upgrade etiquette from "Do you wish to upgrade your OS?" to "Just try and stop us from upgrading your OS". And bear in mind that Windows 10 isn't some critical security update for, or arguably even functionally better than, Windows 7 or 8.1 - this shameful deception is entirely for Microsoft's commercial benefit.

I've already made my rather negative views about Windows 10 and Microsoft known, most recently in this mini-rant a couple of months ago. But there are other voices with equally harsh views regarding Microsoft's ignominious slide into untrustworthiness. The latest is Susan Bradley, Microsoft MVP, who says this regarding the forced Windows 10 upgrades: "...I think Microsoft is being a bully on the Internet. A big bully. The manner in which Windows 10 has been pushed out the patching channel has me seriously questioning if I want to be associated with this Company going forward."

Update: Even Paul Thurrott, who has long defended all things Microsoft, says: "This is indefensible...the violation of trust here is almost indescribable."

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.3

24 May 2016

AMD has released the Crimson Edition 16.5.3 driver for the HD 7700, HD 8500 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This driver adds support for Total War: Warhammer, Overwatch, and Dota 2 with the Vulkan API. It also provides new CrossFire profiles for Total War: Warhammer and Overwatch, as well as a range of bug fixes.

Nvidia GeForce 368.22 WHQL

24 May 2016

Nvidia has released the 368.22 WHQL certified graphics driver. It is the recommended driver for Overwatch, World of Tanks and War Thunder. The driver package updates PhysX to version 9.16.0318 and contains GeForce Experience version 2.11.3.

7-Zip 16.02

21 May 2016

A new Version 16.02 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update fixes a bug with split archives.

7-Zip 16.01

20 May 2016

A new Version 16.01 of the free 7-Zip archival utility has been released. This update provides bug fixes.

Skype 7.24

20 May 2016

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

Windows Updates

18 May 2016

Microsoft has released non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article. Note: KB3123862 is a Windows 10 upgrade related patch.

Note further that with KB3125574, Microsoft has provided what it calls a new Convenience Rollup patch for Windows 7 SP1. The Convenience Rollup patch is essentially like the legacy Service Pack: it contains all of the security and non-security patches since the release of Windows 7 SP1 right up to April 2016. Unfortunately, it also contains many of the Windows 10 upgrade related and telemetry patches. In any case it's an optional download that I would only recommended if you've just done a fresh install of Windows 7 SP1 and want to install what amounts to SP2.

Microsoft has also started moving towards releasing Monthly Rollup patches for Windows 7 and 8.1, which contain all of the non-security updates released during the month. This month they are KB3156417 for Windows 7 and KB3156418 for Windows 8.1. These may be useful for people who were having difficulties downloading them individually due to lengthy delays with Windows Update, but as with the Convenience Rollups, there is now the real risk of also installing undesirable Windows 10 upgrade and telemetry patches this way.

iTunes 12.4.0

18 May 2016

Apple has released a new Version 12.4.0 of the iTunes software. This version updates the interface design, with changes to menus, navigation, media picker and sidebar, as well as providing bug fixes.

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