Windows Tip Of The Month – October 2012 (Part 2)

11/17/2012 9:21:44 AM

Preview and share your Cliplet

Click the Play button located beneath the video window and your footage will be rendered for you. If you’re happy with the results, you’re ready to save your completed project. If not, you can continue edit­ing and previewing your video until you produce the results you’re looking for. It’s worth spending a little time on this to get the best possible Cliplet.

You’ll find that Cliplets makes it very easy to create some­thing truly eye-catching, and you’ll no doubt want to share your creations with others. Click the Export Cliplet button in the upper right of the screen, enter a suitable name, and use the "Save as type" drop-down menu to choose a video format to save the file in (image F), or choose to save it as an animated GIF. It’s now ready to post online or email.

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image F

Clean Up Your Hard Drive with DrivePurge

You’ll need this

Drivepurge: A free, portable hard drive cleaning utility from

Although hard drives are now bigger and cheaper than ever, you may be surprised by just how much unnecessary garbage is cluttering yours. While the chances of running out of space are lower than they have been in the past, an untidy hard drive is still less efficient than a neat one, and can slow down the overall performance of your computer.

DrivePurge is a fantastic, free maintenance tool that will not only tidy up all the unwanted files that accumulate overtime, but can also help protect your privacy by cleaning up the data stored in your PC’s log files and registry. You’ll be amazed at how much useless data is filling up your hard drive! Try the tool out for yourself to see how much space you can save.

Download and Install

For the download, navigate to Beneath the Download heading, click Download. DrivePurge is provided as a com­pressed RAR file - on the off chance that you don’t already have a program capable of extracting .rar files, we recommend 7-Zip, available for free at

Extract the DrivePurge RAR. The program doesn’t require an install, so you’ll be able to run the executable directly from the folder you extracted to. Right-click it and select Run as Adminis­trator to get started with the program.

Configure Drivepurge

Click Yes in the User Account Control dialog and DrivePurge will load. It will start in Ger­man mode at first, so select the Extras menu and then click Sprache / Language followed by English (image G).

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image G

Click OK and then close and restart the program in the same way to activate the new setting.

Before deleting any files, click the Extras menu and select Settings. Now move to the System Cleanup tab and check the box labeled "Move files to the Recycle Bin (if possible)" before doing the same on both the Drive Cleanup and User Tracks Cleanup tabs. Click OK when this is done.

Clean up your system

On the System Cleanup tab, check the boxes to the left of the Windows, Microsoft, and Appli­cations labels to select all of the options, and then click the Analyze button at the bottom of the screen. When the results of the drive search are shown (image H), click the Cleanup button to the bottom right, followed by OK to de­lete them.

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If you change your mind about deleting a particular item in the list, you can right-click its name and select the Remove Job option. Once this is done, you’re ready to move to the Drive Cleanup tab.

To the left of the screen you’ll see a list of all the hard drives inside your computer. Check each of them, make sure that All is selected from the drop-down menu to the right, and check all of the boxes below. Click Analyze, and once the scan has been performed click Cleanup followed by OK. Now move to the User Tracks Cleanup tab to pro­tect your privacy.

In addition to saving space, DrivePurge can also be used to protect your privacy by cleaning up traces of your past activities. In the same ways as before, you can check all or just some of the boxes on the left (image I) before clicking Analyze and then Cleanup, this time to remove logs stored by programs. Work through these tabs on a regular basis to free up space and clean logs.

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image I


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