Speed up Windows 7 by disabling ‘Low Disk Checking’


Dear viewers,By default, Windows 7 is set to constantly check to see if your hard drive is running low on unused storage space. If it determines that your drive is almost full, it’ll let you know by popping up a warning message.
All of this checking for low disk space can be a good thing if your PC has a small hard drive or you tend to use up all available storage space. It comes at a cost however in the form of a performance hit.
The fact is most new PCs come with massive hard drives, and many users will never use up all of that free disk space. If you think you’re one of them, you can disable Low Disk Checking with a simple Registry tweak. But before I explain how to do it, I must ask you to read and agree to my semi-standard disclaimer:
Important: This tip involves editing the Windows Registry, a process that could render your Windows installation unstable (or even unable to boot up properly) if performed incorrectly.
Therefore, if you choose to follow the steps listed below, you do so at your own risk. You also agree that if your air conditioner turns into a heater, your Alaskan Malamute starts purring like a kitten while dancing a jig around your kitchen table, or your PC fails to boot into Windows properly or becomes unstable, it won’t be the fault of your humble tech blogger (namely ME).
If you agree with everything I said above, feel free to follow these steps to disable Low Disk Checking in Windows 7:
1 – Press the Windows+R key combination to open a “Run” box.
2 – Type regedit into the Run box and press the Enter key.
3 – Create a backup of the Windows Registry by clicking File>Export, then giving the backup a name and clicking Save.
4 – Navigate to this Registry key:
5 – Look for a key named Explorer. If it exists, click it once to select it. If not, right-click anywhere in the right-hand pane and select New>Key. Name this new key Explorer, then click on it to select it.
6 – Right-click in the right-hand pane and select New>DWORD (32-bit) Value.
7 – Name the new DWORD that you just created NoLowDiskSpaceChecks.
8 – Right-click the new NoLowDiskSpaceChecks item and click Modify.
9 – Change the “Value data” entry to 1, then click Ok.
10 – Exit the Registry Editor by clicking File>Exit.
11 – Restart your PC.
From now on Windows will refrain from constantly checking to see if your free disk space is running low. Just remember to check it yourself on occasion by opening the ‘Computer’ dialog box (press Windows+E) and glancing at the free space value listed below your hard disk’s drive letter.


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