Most users when watching movies or listening to music on their Windows 10 PC, decides to take a break, no matter which media player or app being used, the media will continue to play with the sound/audio even after system lock. The Windows 10 system lock feature just prevents other users to access the PC when you are away from the PC. It doesn’t end the ongoing live tasks and processes. In this post, we will show you how you can automatically mute audio on system lock with the WinMute app on Windows 10.
In Windows 10 the new sound settings have improved advanced features like the ability to control the audio preferences of individual apps. And also this replaces the volume mixer available in previous versions. Using this you can choose the volume levels for each individual app as well as the default input and output devices for each one.
Windows sound settings remember the volume level of each device individually.
If you connect a headset the volume level will change immediately to the previous level when it was last used. If you are watching any films with the sound system connected, then you may want to consider automatic mute on system lock.
There are some apps like Netflix that will pause the audio automatically when minimized or when the system locks.
Automatically mute audio on System Lock with WinMute
WinMute is a free, open-source app compatible with all media player apps and web browsers.
The WinMute app doesn’t mute the media player app, per se – rather, it is controlling the volume from the system level – it just mutes the system audio. This app won’t pause the video or audio which is currently playing when the system locks. If the system locks, the audio will be muted but the video will continue to play.
Install WinMute to mute audio on system lock
Download the WinMute app from GitHub and extract the Zip file.
Open the folder and right-click on the application and create a shortcut.
Now, copy the shortcut and paste it into the Windows Startup folder.
Next, double-click the WinMute application and check if the application is running fine or not. You may receive the following error message:
The program can’t start because VCRUNTIME140.DLL is missing from your computer
You can uninstall WinMute app and also remove your personal WinMute settings at any time – just navigate or jump to the registry hive location below and delete the lx-systems folder.
Exit the app from the system tray on the taskbar and then proceed to delete WinMute.exe and ScreensaverNotify.dll file from your hard drive.
And that’s it on how you can automatically mute audio/sound on system lock with WinMute on Windows 10!