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.
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:
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?