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NVIDIA To Update Windows 7 Drivers Regularly

NVIDIA announced that starting today they will be providing updated video drivers for Windows 7 on a regular basis.


NVIDIA To Update Windows 7 Drivers Regularly


Part of the driving force behind NVIDIA's efforts is being mandated by Microsoft saying that WHQL certification will require logs from drivers beginning with the first beta of Windows 7. NVIDIA accounted for about 29% of all Vista crashes, almost 11% more than caused by Vista's problems itself, and nearly 20% more crashes than were caused by ATI.


Hopefully by stepping up quality control in the driver area, Windows 7 will provide a more qulaity experience straight out of the box. Rougly 47% of Vista crashes were caused by the combined efforts of NVIDIA, ATI, and Intel.


Nvidia had some very good news for customers planning to deploy Windows 7. The company says that as of today, it will be releasing regular driver updates for Windows 7. Dwight Diercks, vice president of software engineering at NVIDIA, explained where this is coming from: "We expect that all of our hard work teaming with Microsoft over the past two years will pay off for GeForce GPU owners when Windows 7 officially launches. Our customers are demanding an experience that is faster and more visual, and with the addition of many new GPU-accelerated features, including DirectX Compute, we believe Windows 7 will be well positioned to meet those needs."


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Download of the Day: Stardock Fences 0.96

Our Download of the Day today is Stardock Fences 0.96.


Fences™ is a program that helps you organize your desktop and can hide your icons when they're not in use. A "Fence", a term coined by this program, is an icon group on your desktop. Fences is an add-on to your desktop, not a replacement.


Rope off your desktop
Fences allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop that you can place icons in. You can label them however you wish, and move/resize them anywhere on the desktop. Pre-included layouts help speed the process for new users.


See your wallpaper again! Quickly hide & show all your icons with an easy double-click
Double click blank space on your desktop, and all your icons will fade out. Double click again, and they'll return. We think this feature is so useful, we're applying for a patent on it. And with the upcoming Fences FeaturePack / included in the community preview, you can even pick icons and individual Fences to exclude.


SmartFences, snapshots, skinning, automatic scaling (for screen size changes), and more
Fences is a great tool to have - and with Fences Pro FeaturePack, it'll be even better.
The Fences FeaturePack is not yet available, but sign up here to be notified when it is.


Download of the Day: Stardock Fences 0.96

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A video demonstration of Stardock's Fences:




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Puget Systems Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade

Puget Systems has announced what appears to be the first free Windows 7 upgrade program for full systems.


Puget Systems Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade


From now till until June 15 (date subject to change depending on Windows 7 launch), Puget will allow you to purchase a system over $1000 with Vista Ultimate and send it back in for a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate. They've got some stipulations on the program such as you must cover the shipping cost back to them and you must send back your Vista COA and disk in exchange for your Windows 7 COA and disk.


As they won't be doing upgrades but a full install, it is up to the user to back up their data. After the install is complete, Puget has stated they will run each computer through their full testing and benchmarking process to make sure it is running flawlessly.


Puget is doing this all on their own it would seem, and Microsoft is not involved in any way. President Jon Bach said it will cost the company about $200 per computer to do this and that will kill their profit margin. The small company is hoping to at least gain some exposure from this and if all goes well we expect a lot of happy customers who give it a shot.


Puget Systems is pleased to announce FREE upgrades to Windows 7 on select purchases starting 3/1/09. Customers who purchase a qualifying computer with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit or Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit are eligible for an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 64-bit upon release. To redeem this upgrade, the computer must be shipped back to Puget Systems for installation.


"We're seeing more and more people who are hesitant to purchase a PC because they're hearing good things about Windows 7 and wonder whether they should wait three-fourths of a year before buying," said Bach, explaining why Puget is jumping into the upgrade offer. "We see this as an opportunity to do something exciting when there's not a whole lot of things happening in the business at the moment."


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Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 4.70

Our Download of the Day today is K-Lite Codec Pack 4.70.


K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs, DirectShow filters and tools. Codecs and DirectShow filters are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video formats. The K-Lite Codec Pack is designed as a user-friendly solution for playing all your movie files. With the K-Lite Codec Pack you should be able to play all the popular audio and video formats and even some rare formats.


This download is for the Full package and contains all the codecs a normal user would ever need.


The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:


- It it always very up-to-date with the newest (and/or best) versions of the components.
- It is very user-friendly.
- The installation is fully customizable, meaning that you are able install exactly those components that you really want.
- Uninstallation removes all files and registry entries created by the pack.
- It is extremely easy to make a fully customized unattended installation.
- It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting or buggy codecs.
- It tries to avoid potential problems with existing codecs and even fixes some problems. The pack is able to detect broken codecs and filters on your system, and remove them for you.
- It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies.
- There are different packages. From small to extra-large.
- Suitable for both novice and expert users.


Download of the Day: K-Lite Codec Pack 4.70


The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 4.70


* Updated Media Player Classic Homecinema to version 1.2.1005.0
* Updated Media Player Classic to version rev. 98
* Updated ffdshow to revision 2732
* Updated Gabest MPEG splitter to version 1.2.997.0
* Updated Gabest Ogg splitter to version 1.2.997.0
* Updated DirectVobSub to version
* Updated x264VFW to revision 1114
* Updated MediaInfo Lite to version 0.7.11
* Fixed small issue with internal filter configuration in MPC
* Fixed file association issue when using regular the version of MPC
* Fixed crash with DVD playback that was present in version 4.6.2
* Minor changes



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Download of the Day: CCleaner v2.17.853

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner v2.17.853.


CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.


Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)


Download of the Day: CCleaner v2.17.853


The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 2.17.853


- Added wiping of disk free space.
- Progress bar changed to go from 0 to 100%.
- Improved Apple Safari history cleaning.
- Improved speed of Uninstaller Tool.
- Interface string changes and fixes.
- Added Ukranian translation.
- Installer language tweaks.
- Minor architecture changes.
- Minor bug fixes.



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nVidia is claiming faster Windows 7 Drivers

The Spin cycle is running full blast at nVidia. The green team is claiming faster Windows 7 drivers as of right now. Pairing up a 4850 1GB card Vs, the GTS250/9800GTX+, nVidia was able to outperform the ATi card in internal testing.


The drivers compared were 8.561 (Jan 11 2009) from ATi and 181.65 Beta from nVidia. The test covered 7 games of which nVidia was able to win 5 head to head and another two due to the games not launching on the ATi cards.


I am sure there will be a response to this from the media once the GTS250 is fully renamed and available for review.


Read more here at Fudzilla.


nVidia is claiming faster Windows 7 Drivers

Nvidia was happy to report that it wins in the top five games, and in two other games it scores better, as ATI would not even run these games. According to the source Nvidia wins in Call of Duty World at War by a few frames, Call of Duty 4 by more than ten percent. It is slightly faster in Left 4 dead and almost two times faster in Mirror's Edge. You can probably blame lack of PhysX for ATI, for such a performance lead in this game.


ATI didn't want to run Enemy Territory Quake wars and Fallout, which was an instant win for Nvidia. We are quite sure that these drivers will improve for both Nvidia and ATI as there are at least two more quarters until the launch of Windows 7.


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Microsoft Makes 36 changes to Windows 7

Microsoft is boasting that due to the massive participation in the Windows 7 Beta 1 Customer Preview Program, that they have been able to make 36 changes to Windows 7.


These changes, according to MS are going to improve the look, feel and performance of the OS. Among the 36 changes are 10 for the desktop, four for the touch system, and four to the control panel.


The changes have been announced on the "Engineering Windows 7 Blog" and have received mixed reviews from bloggers. Some are claiming these are window dressing while others see them as MS really trying to act on tester's feedback.


Read more here at Computer World.


Microsoft Makes 36 changes to Windows 7

Among the changes Sareen highlighted were 10 affecting the Window 7 desktop, four to the operating system's new touch-sensitive features, another four to the Control Panel and eight to Windows Media Player.


Many of the changes are so minor that they may be difficult to spot. One tweak, for example, increases the number of times that notification windows -- such as those of an incoming instant message -- flash to get the user's attention. Microsoft upped the number of flashes from three in the beta to seven in the release candidate.


Others modifications, however, should be easy to spot: According to Sareen, developers have squeezed up to 39% more icons on the taskbar before it begins scrolling to show the remainder.


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Download of the Day: Foobar2000

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000


foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.


Main features:


- Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
- Gapless playback.
- Full unicode support.
- Easily customizable user interface layout.
- Advanced tagging capabilities.
- Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
- Full ReplayGain support.
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
- Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.


Download of the Day: Foobar2000

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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version


- New Installer Options
- Media Library behavior changes
- Limited compatibility with outdated components on Windows Vista
- Cuesheets in added folders ignored by default
- Built-in Matroska support


Full release notes found here.



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Download of the Day: Orbit Downloader 2.8.5

Our Download of the Day today is Orbit Downloader 2.8.5.


Orbit Downloader, leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/files from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare. And to make general downloading easier and faster.


1. Download social music, social video and streaming media
2. Extreme download acceleration.
3. Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly
4. Support RapidShare download.
5. Support IE, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera.
6. Support Metalink download.
7. Support HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols.
8. Support Proxy server configuration.
9. Support download pasue and resume.
10.General download management.


Download of the Day: Orbit Downloader 2.8.5


The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 2.8.5


* Fix: some bugs when Orbit deal with the referer
* Fix: location of downloaded files could contain blank sub directory
* Fix: create zero size file by GrabPro



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Windows 7 Release Client Coming April 10

Neowin says that Microsoft is internally testing the Windows 7 Release Client and if everything goes well, we will be seeing the RC for download on April 10th.


Little is known about what changes we will see from the beta other than a few changes to the UAC.


Windows 7 Release Client Coming April 10


Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft Senior Vice President of Windows, said that there have been over 500,000 suggestions given to the Windows 7 team since the public launch of the beta in January.


He also stated that the RC will be available broadly. This should mean that not only will beta testers and MSDN subscribers be available to get their hands on the RC when it hits, but it should be available to the general public as well.


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