Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10  

    Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Storage Sense to Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Performance & Maintenance
    28 Nov 2018
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Turn On or Off Storage Sense to Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10


    Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, Microsoft has added a new Automatically free up space with Storage Sense option in Storage Settings to automatically get rid of the files you donít need to save you an extra step when low on disk space. Currently this is only supported for unused temporary files, files in your recycle bin over 30 days, and files in your Downloads folder that haven't changed for over 30 days.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17720, Storage Sense can now run when your device is low on storage space by default. Once activated, Storage Sense will intelligently run whenever your device runs low on storage space and clear temporary files that your device and applications no longer need. Storage Sense looks for and will remove the following types of files:
    • Temporary setup files
    • Old indexed content
    • System cache files
    • Internet cache files
    • Device Driver packages
    • System downloaded program files
    • Dated system log files
    • System error memory dump files
    • System error minidump files
    • Temporary system files
    • Dated Windows update temporary files
    • Öand more.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Storage Sense to automatically free up space on the PC for your account in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space" in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space" using a REG file





    Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space" in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2. Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on) below for what you want to do.


     3. To Turn Off Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space"

    A) Click/tap on Storage on the left side, turn off Storage sense on the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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     4. To Turn On Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space"

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Storage on the left side, turn on Storage sense on the right side, and click/tap on the Configure Storage Sense or run it now link. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Select Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space (default) in the Run Storage sense drop down list for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    How to Specify when to Run Storage Sense in Windows 10

    C) Check (default) or uncheck Delete temporary files that my apps aren't using for what you want.

    How to Enable or Disable Storage Sense to Delete Temporary Files in Windows 10

    D) Select Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days (default), or 60 days in the Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days drop down list for what you want.

    How to Specify when Storage Sense Delete Files in Recycle Bin in Windows 10

    E) Select Never (default), 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days in the Delete files in my Downloads folder if they have been there for over drop down list for what you want.

    How to Specify when Storage Sense Delete Files in Downloads Folder in Windows 10

    F) If you have OneDrive Files On-Demand turned on, select Never (default), 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days in the OneDrive Content will become online-only if not opened for more than: drop down list for what you want.

    How to Specify when Storage Sense Automatically Make OneDrive Files On-Demand Online-only in Windows 10

    G) If available, check or uncheck (default) Delete previous versions of Windows for what you want.

    This setting will delete the Windows.old folder.

    H) If you would like to manually Free up space now, click/tap on the Clean now button.

    I) When finished, go to step 5 below.

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    5. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Storage Sense Automatically Free Up Space in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Storage Sense to "Automatically free up space" using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\StorageSense\Parameters\StoragePolicy

    (Storage Space)
    01 DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On

    (Run Storage sense)
    1024 DWORD

    1 = On

    2048 DWORD

    0 = During low free disk space
    1 = Every day
    1e (hex) = Every month
    7 = Every week



    1. Do step 2 (off) or step 3 (on) below for what you want to do.


     2. To Turn Off Storage Sense

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_off_Storage_Sense_for_current_user.reg

    download


     3. To Turn On Storage Sense

    How to Specify when to Run Storage Sense in Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Turn_on_Storage_Sense_Every_Day_for_current_user.reg

    download

    OR

    Turn_on_Storage_Sense_Every_Week_for_current_user.reg

    download

    OR

    Turn_on_Storage_Sense_Every_Month_for_current_user.reg

    download

    OR

    Turn_on_Storage_Sense_During_low_free_disk_space_for_current_user.reg

    This is the default setting.

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 176
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 1709
       05 Dec 2017 #1

    There are 2 more:
    "02"=dword:00000001
    "StoragePoliciesNotified"=dword:00000001
    What about them?!
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 34,577
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       05 Dec 2017 #2

    I'm not sure what they are for, but they don't get changed by these settings.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    29 Jun 2018 #3

    Do I have to have storage sense enables in order to delete files from the recycling bin on a schedule?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 34,577
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       29 Jun 2018 #4

    Hello TON,

    You don't have to use storage sense to automatically empty the Recycle Bin.

    You could create a task in Task Scheduler to do so. The command below can be used for the task that will empty the Recycle Bin without prompting.

    PowerShell Clear-RecycleBin -force -ErrorAction:Ignore
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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