Disable System Beep in Windows 7 / 8

When computers did not come with speakers, System Beeps were a useful way to warn us when there were any system errors or hardware errors, and were rather helpful in troubleshooting issues. But today, there is no real need for these beeps – but they continue to be included in every Windows release. While they may be of use to some, many find it irritating and may want to disable them.

This post will tell you how to disable system beeps in Windows 8 and Windows 7, via Control Panel, Regedit, Device Manager and CMD.

Disable System Beep in Windows 8 / 7

Disable System Beep via Control Panel

In Windows 8, right-click in the bottom left corner to open the WinX menu. Select Control Panel to open it. Click on Hardware and Sound.

disable system beep

Under Sound, click on Change system sounds. Now under Sounds tab, browse to and select Default Beep. Now towards the bottom of the Sound properties windows, you will see a drop-down menu for Sounds. Select None and click on Apply/OK. This will disable the default system beep.

You can follow the same procedure in Windows 7 too.

Disable System Beep via Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound

In the right pane you will see Value Name Beep. Double-click on it change its Value Data to no.

Disable System Beep using Command Prompt

You can also disable system beep using an elevated command prompt. To do so, open CMD and type each of the following lines and hit Enter after every command:

net stop beep

scconfig beep start= disabled

This will disable the beep. If you wish to only disable it temporarily till the next reboot, type the second line only.

Disable Beep in Windows 7 via Device Manager

In Windows 7, you can also use the Device Manager to disable the beep. To do so, click on Start > Computer. Right-click oncomputer and select the ‘Manage’ option.

Then, in the left pane of the Computer Management window, click on System Tools to expand it and choose ‘Device Manager’.

Also, from the menu bar choose ‘View’ option and select the ‘Show Hidden Devices’ option.

Next, in the right pane locate the Non-plug and Play Drivers group. Please note that the group will be visible only after you enable the ‘Show hidden devices’ option.

Once you find it, click on the group and search for the item – Beep. Then, click the item to open the ‘Beep Properties’ window. Under it, select the ‘Drivers’ tab and choose the ‘Disabled’ option from the System type drop-down menu.

The system beep in your Windows PC will now be disabled.

Also read: What do System Beeps says?

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • Awicenna

    really thank u ,appreciated

  • Addy

    i tried but didn’t work for me, i m using windows 8 enterprise…
    I m gettting this after updating my BIOS..

  • Steve

    MB: ASUS P8z77-V Deluxe

    OS: W8

    CPU: I7

    After tediously going through all of the sounds produced by W8/ASUS found it to be:

    Device Connect Sound

    Windows Hardware Insert

    That annoying beep discovered at: Systems Tools, Event Viewer, Applications and Services Log, Microsoft, Windows, Audio, Playback Manager, It showed an ‘audio 20′ every time I heard the beep. Hmm audio huh?

    At ASUS website, found there was a driver update for AUDIO on the mother board. Installed the update. Sound disappeared. The other option was to see if front panel Audio connections were installed correctly.

    While you are stirring the details, look at:

    Systems Tools, Event Viewer, Applications and Services Log, Microsoft, Windows,

    ApplicationResourceManagementSystem

    Operation

    And see if you are getting many errors reported there. Now the real fun begins.

  • jamie

    Excellent. It eliminated the annoying connect disconnect beeping sound. Thanks!

  • Joe Guy

    This helped!

  • NoEinstein

    I’m new to Windows 8, just got an Asus Vivotab Smart tablet.

    I’ve been trying to stop all system sounds – done change sound scheme to none and set system sounds volume to 0 in audio mixer but still can’t get rid of a clicking noise when I switch from desktop to start screen. Really annoys me, I’ve even poked around in the registry but couldn’t see any likely candidate there. Anyone have any ideas?

    (Also, the floating keyboard clicks and haven’t seen a way of silencing that, but haven’t really worked on it yet.)

  • https://twitter.com/quantumsupport Quantumpcsupport

    First i like to thank
    you AnandK@TWC. I
    have read the all 3 procedures. I used to make pc tutorial slideshow and video
    for common users. I made slideshow and video with these 3 procedures and
    uploaded. I am using windows 7 and applied in this OS. I hope it will work as
    well as windows 8.

  • ProtectandAccess

    Remember to unhide the Hidden devices otherwise you will not find that option. The whole process is very easy to employ and i have successfully done that.

  • mfdoijgmigjmeigjmetg

    My friend needs help, his A, his TAB key & his ESC, after he holds them for about 3 seconds, theres a beeping noise.
    Is there anyway to fix this?

  • Dawn

    Disabled beep both via control panel and regedit, but I still get the annoying beeps when I use the numpad. Is there anything I can do?

  • mhefets

    Thanks a lot! In the last few days the beeps started for unknown reason and this drove me nuts!

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    You are welcome. But do not ignore the beeps. They maybe warning you about impending hardware failure. See http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-tips-tutorials-articles/30415-what-do-system-beeps-says-see-chart.html :)

  • Blue Bogdan

    Hello, i have this 1 shot beep on my laptop Asus like every 10 mins or so, sometimes i can hear it even if the laptop is sleeping, i alrdy disabled the system beep but i was wondering what is the cause of this if u can help me with an answer pls, and ty for the article

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse
  • Name

    tried, but didn’t work.

  • Mr. K.

    Same here, I have an Alienware m17x and it beeps every time I boot it up. Just 1 short but very loud POST beep. Sometimes I could just throw that thing out of the window. Nothing is more annoying than the beeping noise. If I wouldn’t have to program on that thing I wouldn’t be using it at all (all my licensed programs are on the machine).

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