Disable Low Disk Space Warning Messages on Windows XP

Running out of hard disk space? When Windows XP detects that a drive has 200 MB or less free disk space left, it begins alerting you to the situation by displaying the following message:

You are running out of disk space on X (where X is the drive letter in question). To free space on this drive by deleting old or unnecessary files, click here.

The “solution” to this problem is obviously to delete unneeded personal files, or uninstall unused programs in a bid to free up space.While the message is there to help, it can also become annoying, especially once you’re aware of the situation. If you want to disable these warnings and keep tabs on your disk space situation as you see fit, then changing one simple setting will get the job done. While the message can be disabled via a Registry edit, a safer option is to use Microsoft’s free Tweak UI PowerToy to make the change.

To disable the low disk space warning with Tweak UI, open the program, click Taskbar and Start menu, uncheck the Warn when low on disk space option, and click OK.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

Dan DiNicolo is a freelance author, consultant, trainer, and the managing editor of 2000Trainers.com. He is the author of the CCNA Study Guide found on this site, as well as many books including the PC Magazine titles Windows XP Security Solutions and Windows Vista Security Solutions. Click here to contact Dan.