How to disable or enable the startup sound in Windows

Does your Windows computer play a sound each time you start it, just before showing the sign in screen? At first, you might like this sound but after so many years of using Windows computers and devices, you may find it annoying. Here's how to disable the startup sound in all modern versions of Windows:

NOTE: This guide works for Windows 7, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. The screenshots we used are from Windows 10. However, everything works and looks the same in all three versions of Windows.

Step 1: Open the Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sounds

Open Control Panel and go to Hardware and Sound. In the Sound section, click or tap the link that says: "Change system sounds".

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The Sound window opens and here you will find the setting that you need to change.

Step 2: Disable the Windows startup sound

If the Sounds tab is not opened, then click or tap on it. Then look for the setting that says: "Play Windows Startup sound".

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Uncheck this setting and press OK.

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The Windows startup sound

If you want to make sure that you understand which sound you disable using this procedure, you can play it using the controls below.

This sound is played by Windows when loading the login screen, where you select the user that you want to use and then log in. It's not the sound that plays when you sign into Windows.


That's it! As you can see, the whole process is fast and easy. If you are looking for other interesting tips on changing the sounds in Windows, don't hesitate to read our recommendations below.

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