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Windows 7: how to delete windows navigation start sound.

22 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7
Here is how to remove a system wav file

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iFission View Post
i have a problem with my windows 7.
i wanted to disable the navigation sound for windows explorer and internet explorer, after i choose 'none' for the option, there will be a 'unsaved theme' created automatically.
so can i just delete 'Windows Navigation Start.wav'?
if yes, can anyone tell me where is the folder of this sound.:)
For anyone who wants to get rid of the annoying windows sounds, here is what you have to do.

1.Go to accessories and right click on the windows command prompt and click on run as administrator.
2.Once the command prompt is up enter (or copy and past) this command:

TAKEOWN /f "%SystemRoot%\Media\Windows Navigation Start.wav" /a
CACLS "%SystemRoot%\Media\Windows Navigation Start.wav" /E /G Administrators:F
DEL /Q "%SystemRoot%\Media\Windows Navigation Start.wav"

3. Push Enter and the wav file is deleted from your system.

This is one the the first thing I do when setting up a new workstation(I get really annoyed by some of the sounds).

*note this will delete it permanently.
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27 Jun 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
I do not recommend deleting the sounds, simply disable them and save the "theme" with a custom name. You can always switch it back if you need to, and the possibility of Windows bugging you with errors about not finding those sound files is 0.

Been running Win 7 for Two years with the Media Folder absolutely, irrevocably vaporised. No problems.

Remember to Uncheck "Play Windows Sounds at Start-up" (below the "Program Events Window" or second from the bottom).
Otherwise Windows still haunts you with their pre-schooler's start up jingle.

Drove me nuts till I realised. Really. Still getting counseling.
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