How to restrict changing of Sound Scheme in Windows 10/8/7

If for some reason you’d like to restrict or prevent users from changing Sound Scheme in Windows 10/8/7, here is how you can do it via Registry Editor or Group Policy Editor.

Prevent changing of Sound Scheme in Windows

Open regedit and navigate to the following key:


Right-click Windows in the left pane and create a new key and name it as Personalization.

Now select Personalization & in the right pane create a new DWord NoChangingSoundScheme & give it a value ‘1‘.

To enable it back, simply give it a value ‘0’ or delete the NoChangingSoundScheme DWord!

Alternatively, type gpedit.msc in start search and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.

Now double click Prevent changing sounds in the right pane.

This will open a new window. Here, select Enabled. Click Apply/OK > Exit.

This setting prevents users from changing the sound scheme.

By default, users can use the Sounds tab in the Sound Control Panel to add, remove, or change the system Sound Scheme.

If you enable this setting, none of the Sound Scheme settings can be changed by the user.

As you can see, you can set several restrictions pertaining to Personalization here.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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