Get rid of low disk space popups in Windows

In: Operating Systems

13 Jan 2004

Being mired in hard disk space poverty sucks. Having your operating system keep reminding you of that every minute or so sucks even more. And to add to your woes, it’s promise of helping you cleanup your hard disk to make more space falls apart when there really isn’t anything it can suggest you remove.

So that’s how it is recently. Look at what’s in my “anime” partition: episodes of Naruto, Chrno Crusade, Full Metal Alchemist, PLANETES, Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Gunslinger Girl and newly-found Mezzo TV. And 3.33 GB invested in Neverwinter Nights together with the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark expansion packs. Those and more on a 20 GB hard disk in my laptop. I live day by day, deleting anime as they are downloaded and watched, or transferred over to my desktop (which, thank heavens, has 80 GB).

Anyway, all 3 of my partitions are often nearly full, and Windows XP keeps trying to be helpful. I don’t like being “helped”. So this is what I did:

  1. Opened my registry with regedit
  2. Found the HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer key.
  3. Created a new DWORD value named “NoLowDiskSpaceChecks”
  4. Set the value to “1” to disable the low disk space notifications


Source: MyDesktopHelp.Com

7 Responses to Get rid of low disk space popups in Windows



January 13th, 2004 at 12am

Of course, there’s always the possibility of downloading LESS ANIME – hard to believe, I know, but some people actually are able to live without it.



January 13th, 2004 at 12am

Oh how I hated those popups on my last machine. I’m happy to have 120GB available right now :).


Cheah Chu Yeow

January 13th, 2004 at 12am

My old life was anime-free. I don’t want to go back :p


Vinnie Garcia

January 13th, 2004 at 3am

BitTorrent is a greedy mistress, eh Chu?



January 14th, 2004 at 9am

If I remember correctly, you can turn this setting off inside TweakUI which is part of the PowerToys collection from Microsoft for Windows XP. It’s a free download.


Ron Gupta

April 11th, 2004 at 11pm

No matter how big your drive – it will get filled up eventually.

While Windows by itself does not show disk usage and only warns when its near full, disk usage visualization plugins for Explorer like DiskView can make the task of disk usage management more fun.



April 15th, 2004 at 1am

This solution works if you are the only one logging on to the box. If multiply users share the XP computer, each one will have to add the reg hack. Adding the key to the Local Machine Hive will disable the notice for all users. This also works for MS Windows 2003 Servers as well. Cut and paste the following into a text file and rename the file to .reg to create a reg hack for mass deployment.