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Deactivate Storage Sense feature in Windows 10 – HowTo

While Storage sense was introduced as a neat feature to clean up system junk, not everyone want it.

Windows 10’s new feature, Storage Sense automatically frees up space by deleting Temporary files & other junk registry data. It also offers to clean the Recycle Bin contents – and works similar to the Disk Cleanup feature, except that Storage Sense runs automatically at a predefined time.

If you are using CCleaner or any other Junk File Cleaner application, you probably don’t need the Storage Sense. In such situations it is better to disable the feature.

There are two ways to do that –

  1. Via Settings
  2. Using Windows registry tweaks

Method 1 – Settings

Fire up the Windows 10 settings page.

Navigate to System.

Go to Storage tab.

You’ll see the option for turning OFF Storage Sense. You can either turn it off right from there, or click on ‘Change how we free up space automatically’ and tweak the settings to you liking.

You can configure storage sense to delete temporary files that aren’t in use for a specified time. I have it as 1 day.

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Method 2 – Registry Tweaks

A word of caution: Editing Windows Registry is risky and there is a possibility of things getting messed up.

Open up Windows Search and type in ‘regedit’ without quotes.

The registry editor will be opened.

Search & find the following path mentioned below:

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

On the right side Double click on 01 DWORD value. Change its value from 1 to 0.

Restart your PC and its done.

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Its always possible to re-enable Storage Sense by reverting back those changes. Hope this method helps.


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