Windows Startup Sound

Click Run in the Start menu, patient enter gpedit.msc and click OK. The Local Group Policy Editor window will open. Expand Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon, and open the Setting Turn off Windows Startup Sound. In the Turn Off Windows Startup Sound Properties window click Disabled, then save the setting by clicking OK.


  1. Is not work on Windows server 2008 Enterprise Build 18000 in German !!!
    Help please

  2. This should be ENABLED, not Disabled – according to the “Explain” Tab anyway…. Microsoft’s is always confusing in the Policy editor and this one is no exception. You want to “turn on” (enable) the feature of “turning off” the sound.

    Admin: This page is alright: We want to hear the startup sound, so we don’t want to turn it off. If we choose enable, “Turn off Windows Startup Sound” will be activated and we won’t hear anything. However if we disable it, the Startup Sound will not be turned off :)

  3. It doesn’t work: I don’t hear the sound and nothing about “windows startup” appears in control panel “sound” applet.

  4. Who wants to hear the Windows startup sound? πŸ˜›

    Admin: It’s a little bit useless yes, but why not enable it if it is possible! πŸ˜‰

  5. Drag your favourite mp3 to the startup folder, should do it.

  6. Hey Now A,

    Great series, I also like to put a personal .wav file in for startup & shutdown.
    Thx 4 the info,

    Arris: I’m glad you enjoy using this manual! I think you can use the following blogpost to change your startup and shutdown sound: TechnoSpot – How to Change the Start-up and Shut-down Sound.

  7. If I disable as suggested, I no longer have volume control in taskbar/tolbar, and option can not be enabled, even thou is presented – but not active for selection.

    If a enable, my volume control is back as option to be selected.

    Not quite sure, what benefit come from this? … since enabled, we have all functionality of the sound anyway.

    But postone I will not my praais for your site and your effort. Thank you for taking your time and making these hints.

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