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28 June 2015

We're just one month away from the retail release of Windows 10. If you're wondering whether I'll be doing a TweakGuides Tweaking Companion for Windows 10, the answer at the moment is "maybe". There are a range of reasons for this confusing answer, but the two biggest ones are that firstly, I'm unsure how well Windows 10 will be received by the public and what its adoption rate will be; and secondly, I strongly suspect that Microsoft will make significant changes to Windows 10 within the first 6-12 months of its release. So right now I feel that there's little point in investing a lot of effort into writing a book that few people will read initially, and which will subsequently require a lot of re-testing and editing. I'm going to wait a while and see how things pan out, possibly releasing the TGTC for Windows 10 late this year or in early 2016. Personally, despite the fact that I see no compelling reason to upgrade, aside from perhaps DirectX 12, I will nevertheless be upgrading my own system to Windows 10 on July 29 and using it as my daily OS.

Nvidia GeForce 353.38 Hotfix

27 June 2015

Nvidia has released the 353.38 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 400 series and above under Windows 7, 8 and 10. It fixes Chrome Crashes/Freezes/TDRs, as well as any delays when starting or switching apps & games with GSync enabled. Note that the formatting for the page above is currently messed up, so scroll down to find the appropriate links.

Realtek HD Audio 2.79

26 June 2015

Realtek has released Version 2.79 of its HD Audio drivers.

GPU-Z 0.8.4

26 June 2015

GPU-Z, a free graphics card information utility, has reached Version 0.8.4. Changes include support for new chipsets as well as bug fixes.

CCleaner 5.07

25 June 2015

A new Version 5.07.5261 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include support for Adobe Reader DC, improved IE12 and Chrome cleaning, improved Windows 10 Recycle Bin and Delayed cleaning, improved Skip UAC functionality, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

Opera 30.0

25 June 2015

The Opera browser has been updated to Version 30.0.1835.88. This version updates Chromium and provides bug fixes.

Flash Player 18.0

23 June 2015

Adobe has released Version of the Flash Player plugin for browsers. If you prefer to download the full offline installer, direct links are provided for the Internet Explorer and the Other Browsers versions. Use Windows Update to update the built-in Flash Player in IE11 under Windows 8.

Nvidia GeForce 353.30 WHQL

23 June 2015

Nvidia has released the 353.30 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. This is the recommended driver for Batman: Arkham Knight. It also provides new SLI and 3D Vision profiles. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and GeForce Experience version 2.4.5.

AMD Catalyst 15.6 Beta

23 June 2015

AMD has released the Catalyst 15.6 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7 and 8.1. This beta provides performance improvements in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Chrome 43.0

23 June 2015

Google has released Version 43.0.2357.130 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.

Skype 7.6

19 June 2015

A new Version of the communications utility Skype has been released. A changelog is not available.

Windows Updates

17 June 2015

Microsoft has released several non-critical updates for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 on Windows Update. There are too many to describe individually here, but they are listed in this Microsoft Article.

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