Personalization Enable or Disable Startup Sound in Windows 11

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The startup sound was disabled by default in Windows 10.

The startup sound for Windows 11 has returned in which you will hear when your PC boots up to the Lock screen and is ready to go for you to sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable playing the Windows startup sound for all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Sounds Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound using a REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Windows 11 startup sound

Video by Tom Warren.







OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound in Sounds Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on the Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Themes on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Windows_startup_sound_settings-1.jpg

3 Click/tap on Sounds on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Windows_startup_sound_settings-2.jpg

4 In the Sounds tab, check (on - default) or uncheck (off) the Play Windows Startup sound box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Windows_startup_sound_settings-3.png





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Play Windows Startup Sound using a REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORDs in the registry keys below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation

DisableStartupSound DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EditionOverrides

UserSetting_DisableStartupSound DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Play Windows Startup Sound

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_On_Windows_11_startup_sound.reg



 3. To Turn Off Play Windows Startup Sound

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_Off_Windows_11_startup_sound.reg



4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four to set this same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon

Windows_startup_sound_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Logon in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Turn off Windows Startup sound policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Always Enable Windows Startup Sound

This will override Option One and Option Two.

This will check and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.


A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)​


 6. To Always Disable Windows Startup Sound

This will override Option One and Option Two.

This will uncheck and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.


A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)​


 7. Default Allow Users to Turn On or Off Windows Startup Sound

This will allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)​

Windows_startup_sound_gpedit-2.png

8 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor.





OPTION FOUR

Enable or Disable Windows Startup Sound using a REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

DisableStartupSound DWORD

<delete> = Default user choice
0 = Always enable
1 = Always disable


1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Always Enable Windows Startup Sound

This will override Option One and Option Two.

This will check and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Always_enable_startup_sound_for_all_users.reg



 3. To Always Disable Windows Startup Sound

This will override Option One and Option Two.

This will uncheck and gray out the Play Windows Startup sound check box in Option One.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Always_disable_startup_sound_for_all_users.reg



 4. Default Allow Users to Turn On or Off Windows Startup Sound

This will allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Default_user_choice_for_startup_sound.reg



5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Option Two no longer works. I was startled by the startup sound at boot.
 

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Option Two no longer works. I was startled by the startup sound at boot.
It looks like the DWORD in the registry key below is also getting changed in W11. I've updated option 2 to add this below. :)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\EditionOverrides

UserSetting_DisableStartupSound DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off
 

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