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    Turn On or Off Startup Sound in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    21 Jun 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Windows 10


    Windows 10 can play a sound at startup to let you know it's loaded and ready.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Windows startup sound for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.



    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Sounds Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound using a REG file
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound using a REG file






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Sounds Settings


    1 Right click or press and hold on the Volume system icon, and click/tap on Sounds. (see screenshot below)

    You can also open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sounds icon to open this.

    Turn On or Off Startup Sound in Windows 10-volume_icon.jpg

    2 In the Sounds tab, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) the Play Windows Startup sound box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Startup Sound in Windows 10-startup_sound_settings.png






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation

    DisableStartupSound DWORD

    0 = On
    1 = Off


    1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Play Windows Startup Sound

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_On_Windows_10_startup_sound.reg

    Download


     3. To Turn Off Play Windows Startup Sound

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_Off_Windows_10_startup_sound.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four to set this same policy.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon

    Turn On or Off Startup Sound in Windows 10-startup_sound_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of Logon in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Windows Startup sound policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Always Enable Windows Startup Sound

    This will override Option One and Option Two.

    This will check and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Always Disable Windows Startup Sound

    This will override Option One and Option Two.

    This will uncheck and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     7. Default Allow Users to Turn On or Off Windows Startup Sound

    This will allow using Option One and Option Two.

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Startup Sound in Windows 10-startup_sound_gpedit-2.png


    8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor.






    OPTION FOUR

    Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    DisableStartupSound DWORD

    <delete> = Default user choice
    0 = Always enable
    1 = Always disable


    1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Enable Windows Startup Sound

    This will override Option One and Option Two.

    This will check and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Always_enable_startup_sound_for_all_users.reg

    Download


     3. To Always Disable Windows Startup Sound

    This will override Option One and Option Two.

    This will uncheck and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Always_disable_startup_sound_for_all_users.reg

    Download


     4. Default Allow Users to Turn On or Off Windows Startup Sound

    This will allow using Option One and Option Two.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Default_user_choice_for_startup_sound.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 61,562
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       #1

    Tutorial updated to add options 3 and 4.
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  2. Posts : 16,015
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       #2

    Hello @Brink ,

    In the REG file Turn Off, it is set to 0, it should be 1
    In the REG file Turn On, it is set to 1, it should be 0

    The Disable and Enable are fine.

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  3. Posts : 61,562
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       #3

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Brink ,

    In the REG file Turn Off, it is set to 0, it should be 1
    In the REG file Turn On, it is set to 1, it should be 0

    The Disable and Enable are fine.

    Oops. Had those backwards. Now corrected. Thank you Paul.
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       #4

    Brink said:
    Oops. Had those backwards. Now corrected. Thank you Paul.
    You are VERY welcome as always.
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  5. Posts : 26,345
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       #5

    Hey Shawn here you go, the reason the startup sound was nuked:
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  6. Posts : 61,562
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       #6

    Cliff S said:
    Hey Shawn here you go, the reason the startup sound was nuked:
    Now we know.

    Why Microsoft Jensen Harris Killed the Windows Startup Sound

    Last edited by Brink; 31 May 2021 at 11:18.
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  7. Posts : 16,015
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       #7

    Every Geek should watch that YouTube Video above, it's brilliant.
    Last edited by Paul Black; 31 May 2021 at 10:41.
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  8. Posts : 25,642
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       #8

    I changed the Startup sound to The Godfather saying , " I made him a offer he can't refuse." It worked great till I ran SFC /Scannow. Windows set it back to default.
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       #9

    Hello @Josey Wales,

    Josey Wales said:
    I changed the Startup sound to The Godfather saying , " I made him a offer he can't refuse." It worked great till I ran SFC /Scannow. Windows set it back to default.

    Yes, that is the case.

    I have a Login Sound [ which also plays at Startup as I am the ONLY User ] in the C:\ Root, and the VBS file is in the %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsft\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ Folder.

    I know that is slightly different, because it is NOT like that for the Startup Sound, because of where it has to be set in the Scheduled Tasks via the correct Parameters.

    Last edited by Paul Black; 31 May 2021 at 12:28.
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