Microsoft is very conscious of the user experience for all of their Windows products. The company has a reputation for working to satisfy customers. An example of this is the “Low Disk Space” warning.
Whenever the hard drive of a person’s PC is almost full, a tiny balloon appears to alert the user to the issue. This is the Low Disk Space warning.
All versions of Windows products have some particular duration set, after which point the warning and the reminders are given. Three versions of the Windows family (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10) have scheduled the warnings for every ten minutes. The notification screen time is 10 seconds. Windows Vista has a warning setting of per minute.
This Low Disk Space warning has three levels. In the first level, the warning “You are running out of disk space” is given. In the second level, the warning becomes “You are running very low on disk space,” and the last level is “You have run out of disk space.”
Pros & Cons of Disabling Hard Drive Notifications
While notifications might be annoying, especially if they are popping out while you are doing something important, they are there for a reason. Assess if you should go through and disable these popups, or would it be wiser to just clear up some disk space, especially on your main drive.
Additionally, you may want to buy some extra hard disk space with an external hard drive. You can store all of your non-program files on this drive and clear up some space on your internal drives.
Initially, the warning appears to be very convenient, but as time goes on this warning pop-up can become very annoying. It’s possible to stop these warnings. To get rid of the annoying warning pop-ups you just need to disable the warning. This can be done by altering the settings of the Window registry.
If you want to disable the low disk space checks of in Windows that repeatedly appear on your screen, you can do so easily and quickly as well. The following steps will help you do this and take less than five minutes:
- Initiate by opening the Registry Editor. Tap the start menu. Type Run. After typing press the enter key. This opens a Run dialogue box. Type ‘regedit’ in the dialogue box and click ‘OK’.This will open up a ‘User Account Control’. By clicking ‘OK’, you will provide access to the application. Now a new Window entitled Registry Editor will open up.
- Once you successfully open up the Registry Editor, go to the options. Under the option Computer, find the folder entitled ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’. There will be a expand symbol next to this folder. Click it. This will allow you to view all the folders inside.
- This process of expanding the folders should be continued until you reach the registry key of your current Window.
- There will be a key labeled as Policies under the title ”Current Version”.
- Choose the option Edit -> New -> Key from the available menu. This will create a new key having the default name New Key #1. Alter the name to Explorer. Once that is done, press enter.
- Click Explorer and then select Edit -> New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- DWORD will be created, and it will possess the New Value #1. Alter the name to No Low Disk Space Checks. Press enter.
- Right click on the DWORD whose name has been altered and select Modify. This will open a dialog box with ‘Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value’.
- In the Value data field in the pop-up that has been opened, replace ‘0’ to ‘1’.
- Click ‘OK’ and exit the Registry Editor.
Once you have completed all of these steps you will no longer receive Low Disk Space Warnings.