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Windows 7: Can't Disable Windows Startup Sound


04 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Can't Disable Windows Startup Sound

When I enter the Sound properties and click on the Sounds tab, the check box Play Windows Startup sound is deactivated. The box is checked by default, but I can't uncheck it.

Does anyone know how I can reactivate the check box?





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05 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Try changing the Sound Scheme to something different and see if that helps.
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05 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I tried that, and unfortunately it didn't work. The box is still deactivated.
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05 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Does other sound work OK? Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally Sound. In the Playback panel, your "Speakers" should be set as the Default Playback Device.
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05 Aug 2011   #5

 

open sound recorder in the accessories folder and create a small, silent .wav file. give it a name you recognize and save in the folder with the other windows sounds. Change the startup sound to this .wav file, if you still here a sound it will be under another option title, like, open program.
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05 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Misfortune View Post
When I enter the Sound properties and click on the Sounds tab, the check box Play Windows Startup sound is deactivated. The box is checked by default, but I can't uncheck it.

Does anyone know how I can reactivate the check box?
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05 Aug 2011   #7

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Is this an administrative account? or a standard user account?

Is there a possibility of someone else locking down features of this account. This is what this looks like.
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05 Aug 2011   #8

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Hmmm..

I would not recommend this, but I know it is changeable in the registry. If you are confident in your skills, I can point you to the value. I dont want to mess up your machine though, so I am reluctant to post it.
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05 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Solved!

Hey guys, thanks a bunch for the replies! Thorsen, you gave me the idea to check the registry, and sure enough, that's what was causing the issue!

Key
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Value
Code:
DisableStartupSound
Type
Code:
REG_DWORD
Data
Code:
1
I deleted the value, and that reactivated the check box, solving my problem! After checking the box, I noticed that another key did the same trick, while leaving the check box activated:

Key
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation
Value
Code:
DisableStartupSound
Type
Code:
REG_DWORD
Data
Code:
1
This key does leave the check box activated in the Sound properties dialog. If the data is set to 1, the startup sound is deactivated. If it is set to 0, the startup sound is activated. I set it to 1, and no startup sound plays, but the checkbox is now "checkable" should I wish to change it in the future!

Again, many thanks to all of you for taking the time to reply!
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06 Aug 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

To help others with this same issue to easily fix it.

Startup Sound - Enable or Disable
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