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Thread: Cannot disable or turn off Windows 7 startup sound

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    Dude111 is offline Windows Enthusiast
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    Jun 2010

    Default Cannot disable or turn off Windows 7 startup sound

    On another site i am on we are trying to help a user disable the startup sound in imageres.dll .. HE IS UNABLE TO DO IT AND WE CANT SEEM TO HELP HIM..

    I just cannot find the solution to this. I am on Win7 Home Premium x64. I am trying to disable the startup sound (not replace it with another sound).

    In the sounds tab, there is no check on the "Play Windows Startup Sound". I have checked it; restart; unchecked; restart - no change.

    I found some registry keys relating to this and changed the value. No difference.

    I selected "No Sounds" the the Sounds Tab; reboot. No sounds played except for the Startup Sound.

    The Startup Sound is located in imageres.dll. I used RegHacker to try to delete the the sound, but all my icons were gone on the reboot. Fixed that.

    What am I missing? Maybe change the sound to a nothing in it Wave file?
    I figured this was the best place to ask..

    Thanks guys

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    Jun 2008


    Ask him to log in as admin.

    I see that he is unable to do it via Control Panel > Sounds > Sounds tab > uncheck Windows startup sound for some reason.

    Since he is using Home Premium, he would not have gpedit.msc, else one can do it as follows:

    Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.

    Select Enabled > Apply > OK.

    So, ask him to edit his registry and see if it helps.

    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation\ and and change the value of DisableStartupSound from 0 to 1.

    If it still doesn't help, ask him to Run System File Checker ( sfc /scannow ) and then try all the above once again.

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