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How can I turn off system beeps?


Category: Tuning your PC

System beeps are those sounds you hear when an error message or an information/warning message appears. They can be very annoying especially if your speaker volume is set to a high level (If you listen to rock music for example). To turn them off you will have to modify the system registry.

I want to emphasize the fact that modifying your registry can be dangerous, especially if you do it wrong, and that we can not be held responsible in any way for the damage you may inflict on your Pc. That being sad let’s see how to shut them up:

You will have to start the registry editor. You can do this by clicking on the Windows Start button, and then “Run…”. In the edit box which appears enter “regedit” without the quotes and press enter.

Run Regedit

A tree like structure will appear. You will have to navigate your way through the branches to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Sound. In the right side you will see an entry (they’re called keys) named ”Beep”, which should be set to “Yes”. All you have to do is double-click it and enter “no” without the quotes. (See image below)


Turn off Beeps

By doing this you will get rid of those computer sounds in the event of an error. Now all you have to do is restart the PC, for the new settings to take effect. If for any reason you decide you want to enable the system beeps, all you have to do is go the key mentioned above and enter “yes” without the quotes, and reset the system again.

Posted by: Nitro on March 5, 2006 at 14:30.

» Comments

Thank you for this post
Thank you so much for this instruction. This has been bothering me for years. To many times I've been working with headphones on and music cranked -- and I've gotten dozens of ear-splitting beeps in a single session. This is great!!!!!!!!

Posted by NKB on March 4, 2007 at 05:28 PM.

Thank you for this post. It's amazing how many people like myself have not been able to figure this out.

Posted by Scott W. on April 9, 2007 at 07:38 PM.

Thx a lot. That beep has annoyed me forever as well.

Posted by F-J on May 24, 2007 at 10:56 PM.

System Beeps
This is nice post i read on System Beeps: http://dadecoders.blogspot.com/2007/08/turn-off-system-beeps.html. But your posting better than all.

Posted by naanicrazyboy on October 31, 2007 at 06:13 AM.

Install TweakUI; go to General > Beep on errors; uncheck it.
You can also install TweakUI (one of the Microsoft Powertoys), click the General item, and on the right hand side, uncheck the 'Beep on errors' checkbox.

This will make the relevant changes for you -- no need to manually edit the registry.

Posted by Chuck McKinnon on January 11, 2008 at 09:18 PM.

Thank you so much!
I had this annoying beeping sound everytime I adjusted volume using speaker icon on my taskbar. By flowing your instruction, I was able to turn it off. Thank you!

Posted by Sue on January 18, 2008 at 06:54 PM.

No regedit?
This may work - no regedit:

"In Windows 2k/XP there is a way to disable the beep, go into device manager, select
the "Show hidden devices" option, go to "non plug and play device" find that device
named "Beep" and set it to disabled."

Posted by bob on March 19, 2008 at 02:02 AM.

the raven
well done, my colleague's computer (identical to ours) has finally been silenced! we are all much happier

Posted by nia on April 17, 2008 at 10:21 AM.

There is another way....
Simply right click on My Computer, goto Manage and then Devices.

Right click on where it says Devices and choose View Hidden Devices.

Once done a new menu to the right will have appeared called Non Plug and Play devices. In there is one called Beep. Right click on that, choose properties and one of the tabs allows you to stop the service for it and disable it.

Posted by Lee Ball on June 27, 2008 at 07:17 PM.

Thank so much - that beep startles me when I have my headphones on, but will no longer make me jump. :)

Posted by Casey on July 21, 2008 at 08:12 PM.

simpler way
try this solution as well:


Posted by Dawood Mamedoff on April 2, 2009 at 02:39 PM.

thank you very much, mysql just became a little more bearable.

Posted by papa_smurf on May 1, 2009 at 12:26 AM.

Thank you very much
Thank you very much for your detailed information on this.
Appreciate it

Posted by Raj on August 21, 2009 at 07:39 PM.


Posted by joseph dimitry on September 19, 2009 at 07:27 PM.

Nice! Thanks. This has bugged me for ages!

Posted by Donald on September 29, 2009 at 08:14 PM.

The regedit didn't work but going through device manager did. Mysql no longer deafens me.

Posted by SomeGuy on November 3, 2009 at 08:41 PM.

Windows 7
I had followed the instructions but the change in regedit didn't have an affect the sound which comes out of the PC. Is there any way how to decrease the volume of the beep at least? I find the exaggerated noise very annoying.

Posted by dsg on January 8, 2010 at 11:32 PM.

Wow it works
Dear writter

Thanks a lot for your suggessions. It works well for me. But , I beleive this suggesion may be useful for the people who cant make out with the above suggesion. Set "ExtendedSounds" data as no inorder the above sinario doesn't suits for u. I may beleive it works.


Posted by Anbu on May 8, 2010 at 02:21 AM.

Good Work Man!!! Thanks

Posted by Parthi on June 26, 2010 at 05:54 AM.

Good Job
tks so much


Posted by Eduardo on July 20, 2010 at 04:33 AM.

No Sounds

Posted by Milan on July 21, 2010 at 08:37 AM.

Beep City
Thanks very much. This is just what I was looking for. I look forward to being beep free from here on!

Posted by Maarten Kenter on August 13, 2010 at 05:40 PM.

Thank you!!!
I was ready to toss my pc out the window. The system beep just started this morning for no reason. You preserved my sanity!!!

Posted by Marianne on October 20, 2010 at 02:53 PM.

That was helpful. Thanks!

Posted by Shubham on December 10, 2010 at 06:49 PM.

thank you for the tip, it was really annoying to hear a beep even you you want to change the sound volume. Even if you have headset plugged in it was still beeping...
Allie T.
fun of www.sholod.com

Posted by Allie T. on May 26, 2011 at 03:38 PM.

Problem solved, thanks
Thank you. Very annoying problem, and very easy to fix thanks to your help. Though I am still not clear why it was beeping all the time, to some extent I don't care...

Posted by John Campbell on August 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM.

very good! finally i don't have interruptions whenever i use my headset. :D thanks a lot! ^-^

Posted by mavie on September 9, 2011 at 07:26 AM.

annoting motherbaord keeps thinking that cpu temp at 70c is bad and keeps beeping.

Posted by john on September 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM.

no option
there is no option of beep,so what can i do now?

Posted by Hitesh on November 19, 2011 at 02:51 PM.

no option
there is no option of beep,so what can i do now?

Posted by Hitesh on November 19, 2011 at 02:53 PM.

thank you
Thank you a lot.

I didn't find this beep horrible... until I noticed it.

Thank you a lot: registry changes then restart the machine.

Posted by Luc on January 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM.


Posted by chris on February 3, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

I appreciate this.
It's late at night, I'm modding a videogame and the program I'm using calls the damn beep at every press of its "commit" button - so it beeps each minute while I mod. I had to turn it off before my neighbors start wanting to kill me. Sooo, thank you for this information. :)

Posted by Lith on March 12, 2012 at 06:26 AM.

Thanx a lot!

Posted by Lewis on September 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM.

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