Disable The Low Disk Space Warning (XP)

Every few weeks a message appears on the bottom corner of my desktop informing me that I’m running low on disk space. This may be a useful reminder for some users that it’s time to do a bit of maintenance and clean up your drive to free up space. For me it’s just an annoyance. If you feel the same as I do, you do have the option of disabling the warning message so it no longer appears.

In order to accomplish this you have to edit the registry. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, make sure you perform a registry backup before you make any changes. Once you are ready you can use the steps below to rid yourself of the low disk space warning.

  1. Click Start and click Run.

  2. Type in regedit and click OK.
  3. Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer.
  4. From the File menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
  5. Type in NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and press Enter.
  6. Double click the new value.
  7. Enter 1 and click OK.

When you disk is running low on space, the warning message will no longer appear.

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  • Nguyen Thanh Tung

    Really useful. Thanks :)

  • http://jacques_delormesympatico.ca Jacques Delorme

    Is there any recipe to remove the Low Disk Space warning on Vista; the one for XP does not work with Vista

  • Tyler Keim

    Thanks for the hint, this is useful because it is on small partition i use for certain software and to add more PF to my computer.

  • craig


    this tweak is great for the administrator user, but how do you get it to work for the other three users of this machine (vista home premium)?

  • Eric


    Try doing the same thing under HKEY_Local_Machine\ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

  • http://www.englerth.tzo.com/website/ Shawn Englerth

    I had to create the “Explorer” key under the “CurrentVersion” key first before adding my NoLowDiscSpaceChecks DWord and it’s value of 1. Originally, I just found an “Explorer” key under “CurrentVersion” and put the NoLowDiscSpaceChecks entry there but this did not work. You have to put the NoLowDiscSpaceChecks under the “Policy” key (because it is a policy you want to follow). So on the “CurrentVersion” key right click and add the key “Explorer” and go from there…


  • Cathy


    I think this will work now ..

    Many thanks to u genious…