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

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Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, Microsoft has added a new Automatically free up space 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, and file in your recycle bin for over 30 days, and files in your Downloads folder for over 30 days.

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





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

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

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 4. To Turn On "Automatically free up space"

A) Click/tap on Storage on the left side, turn on Automatically free up space under Storage sense on the right side, and click/tap on the Change how we free up space link. (see screenshot below)

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

C) Check or uncheck (default) Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days for what you want.

D) Check or uncheck (default) Delete files in my Downloads folder that haven't changed for over 30 days for what you want.
Note   Note
This setting has been added starting with Windows 10 build 16199.


E) If available, check or uncheck (default) Delete previous versions of Windows for what you want.
Note   Note
This setting has been added starting with Windows 10 build 16226.

This setting will delete the Windows.old folder.


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

G) When finished, go to step 5 below.

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5. You can now close Settings if you like.





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

Note   Note
The .reg files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry keys below.

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

(Automatically free up space)
01 DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

(Delete temporary files that my apps aren't using)
04 DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

(Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days)
08 DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

(Delete files in my Downloads folder that haven't changed for over 30 days)
32 DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


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


 2. To Turn Off "Automatically free up space"

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Turn_off_automatically_free_up_space.reg

download


 3. To Turn On "Automatically free up space"

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

Turn_on_automatically_free_up_space.reg

download


 To Turn On "Delete temporary files that my apps aren't using"

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

Turn_on_Delete_temporary_files_that_my_apps_arent_using.reg

download


 To Turn Off "Delete temporary files that my apps aren't using"

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Turn_off_Delete_temporary_files_that_my_apps_arent_using.reg

download


 To Turn On "Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days"

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

Turn_on_Delete_files_in_recycle_bin_for_over_30_days.reg

download


 To Turn Off "Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days"

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Turn_off_Delete_files_in_recycle_bin_for_over_30_days.reg

download


 To Turn On "Delete files in my Downloads folder that haven't changed for over 30 days"

Note   Note
This setting has been added starting with Windows 10 build 16199.


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

Turn_on_Delete files in_Downloads_folder_that_have_not_changed_for_over_30_days

download


 To Turn Off "Delete files in my Downloads folder that haven't changed for over 30 days"

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Turn_off_Delete files in_Downloads_folder_that_have_not_changed_for_over_30_days.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

6. If 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