How to disable the startup sound in Windows 11

Shaant Minhas

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As soon you power on your Windows 11, you’ll get to hear the new startup sound provided by Microsoft.

Although Microsoft had disabled this default sound for Windows 10, with the new Windows 11 they have decided to bring it back. But if you’d like you keep the sound turned off, it can be done rather easily.

In what follows, we’ll go over the exact steps you need to follow to disable the Windows startup sound.

How to disable the startup sound in Windows 11

Follow the steps below to turn off the default startup sound effect of your Windows computer:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings.
  2. From the Settings menu, go to the Personalization section.
  3. Select the Themes option.
  4. Click on Sounds.
  5. In the Sound dialog box, uncheck the ‘Play Windows Startup Sound’ radio box.
  6. Click on Apply and close the dialog box.

personalization settings menu


Do this and the startup sound effect will be disabled until you turn it back on following the above steps.

Disable startup sound in Windows 10

Windows 10 computers come with a disabled startup sound effect by default. However, if you’d manually enabled the sound settings but would like to go back now, all you have to do is follow the steps from below:

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon from the system tray below.
  2. Click on Sounds.
  3. In the Sound dialog box, uncheck the ‘Play Windows Startup sound’ option and click on OK.

windows 10 system tray

windows system tray

Do this and the startup sound will be disabled on your Windows 10.

Turning off the startup sound in Windows

That’s it, folks. Follow the steps above, and you should be able to comfortably turn off the startup sound. Moreover, the changes you make are not set in stone, so if someday you’d ever want to go back and enable the startup sound effect, you can do so rather easily.