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Make Storage Sense Run Automatically in Windows 10 using Group Policy

Windows 10 includes the ability to automatically empty your Recycle bin, delete temporary files, and remove a number of other files to free up disk space. This is possible with the Storage Sense feature. With recently released builds, you can make Storage Sense run automatically on a schedule. Also, there is a special Group Policy option that allows forcing a specific schedule for all users.

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Storage Sense

Storage Sense is a nice, modern addition to Disk Cleanup. It allows you to maintain certain folders by preventing them from getting too large and clean them up automatically. The Storage Sense feature can be found in Settings, under System -> Storage. We have reviewed how it can be used in our previous articles:

Storage Sense can be used to remove Windows upgrade log files, system-created Windows Error Reporting Files, Windows Defender Antivirus temporary files, Thumbnails, Temporary Internet Files, Device driver packages, DirectX Shader Cache, Downloaded Program Files and Delivery Optimization Files.

Run Storage Sense

Starting with Windows 10 build 17074, it is possible to run Storage Sense automatically when you are low on disk space. There are a number of presets which can use to schedule disk cleanup. This will allow you to remove redundant files automatically when required. The appropriate options can be found under Settings > System > Storage > Configure Storage Sense or run it now.

Windows 10 Storage Sense Configure Run Now

On the next page, you can specify when to run Storage Sense automatically or run it manually.

Windows 10 Storage Sense Configure Run Now Page

There is a special Group Policy option that allows you to specify when to run the Storage Sense cleanup procedure for all users. You can force enable the Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space schedule. Here is how.

To make Storage Sense Run Automatically in Windows 10 using Group Policy,

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:
    gpedit.msc

    Press Enter.Windows 10 run gpedit

  2. Group Policy Editor will open. Go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Storage Sense. Enable the policy option Configure Storage Sense cadence.Windows 10 Storage Sense Group Policy
  3. Under Run Storage Sense, select Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space according to what you want.Windows 10 Storage Sense Group Policy Run Schedule

Note: The Local Group Policy Editor app is only available in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition. For other editions, you can use a Registry tweak described below.

A Registry Tweak

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\StorageSense

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

    If you do not have such a key, then just create it.

  3. Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value ConfigStorageSenseGlobalCadence. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
    Set it to one of the following values in decimals:
    0 - During low free disk space
    1 - Every day
    7 - Every week
    30 - Every month
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, restart Windows 10.

Windows 10 Storage Sense Group Policy Run Schedule Tweak

To save your time, I made ready-to-use Registry files. You can download them here:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Make Storage Sense Run Automatically in Windows 10 using Group Policy”

  1. Hi There,

    Could you please share StorageSense admx file with me if you don’t mind. I could not able to find this one and tried searching from all sources :(

    Thanks in Advance!

    -Praveen

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