Disable The Low Disk Space Warning In Vista

Vista will warn you when you are 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 delete some files you no longer need. Some users keep a close eye on the amount of free disk space they have left and may feel that an additional warning is not necessary.

You can disable these warning messages by tweaking 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 type Registry Editor in the Search field. .
  2. Within the Registry Editor, locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
  3. From the File menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
  4. Type in NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and press Enter.
  5. Double click the new value.
  6. Enter 1 and click OK.

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  • Dan Kulp

    Thanks for the tip, that message was really starting to get on my nerves. However, you might add that, atleast in my case, you may need to make the new key value for “Explore” under the “Policies” key (I didn’t have one).

    Now, if I could just figure out how to load XP and have the option of loading either XP or VISTA, life would be great. The current stumbling block is that my XP install disk does not have the driver for my western digital hard drive, and even though I thought I found it, followed instructions and selected the right drive from the floppy I put it on,it still says something like it is incompatible and to contact the manufactured. I realize this is totally off-topic, I’m just venting about VISTA because half my programs that worked just fine on XP either don’t work at all on VISTA or even better, crash the machine with the blue screen of death with various hex codes that indicate problems in a variety of possible places. ugh.

    But thanks at least for telling me how to get rid of that dang low disk space for recovery message. I’d really prefer to ditch the whole recovery disk process completely as I back all my most important stuff up on CDs or DVDs.

    • eryn

      thanks, unfortunately on some laptops the restore partition is visible and usually quite full. so it reports on this and it’s quite annoying.

  • Mike Judd

    The problem with the ‘low disk space’ message for my wife’s Compaq is it is reading the D (back-up drive), not the C drive. Can you tell me how to change it to read the C drive please? Thanks.

  • jectos

    The previous instruction are for XP and don’t always work in Vista. The following link provides complete details regarding disabling this notice specifically for Vista.


  • DEE

    For 2 whole weeks I have tried everything to rid myself of the “low disk space” message to no avail. It is driving me bananas! I will certainly try the suggestions blogged here.

  • jim

    Worked ok with VISTA with restart. No problems