How to Disable or Enable Startup Sound on Windows 11?

Windows 11 plays a sound when you start your PC. However, it is possible to disable or turn off the startup sound in Windows 11 if you don’t like it. By default, startup sound is enabled in Windows 11.

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When you install Windows 11 on your PC and have a sound card, you will hear sound on the system startup. Although Windows 11 ships with a new startup sound, all users may not be satisfied and want to turn it off on their computer.

When it comes to Windows 7 and earlier version operating systems, it plays a chime sound when you turn on your PC. For your information, this startup sound was also available on Windows 8 and Windows 10, but Microsoft had turned it off by default. When you turn on your computer, it will not play a sound on your computer.

If you are irritated with Windows 11 startup sound, Microsoft has provided an option to disable or turn off this startup sound.

Also Read: Fix “Play Windows Startup Sound” is Greyed out in Windows 11 or 10

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you through disabling or turning off the startup sound on Windows 11. On a Windows 11 PC, there are at least two ways through which you can turn off the startup sound. We will review both of them, one by one.

How to Turn On/Off Startup Sound using the Settings app in Windows 11?

The Settings app is a centralized place to enable or disable several features on Windows 11 computers. Using it, you can turn on/off startup sounds.

Step 1. First, open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then click on the Personalization category in the left sidebar.

Step 3. After that, select the Themes tab on the right side of Personalization.

Step 4. Next, click on the Sounds option on the right-side pane.

Step 5. When you’re done, the Sound window will open. Navigate to Sounds tab and uncheck the checkbox labeled with Play Windows Start sound.

Step 6. Select Apply.

Step 7. Select OK.

After completing the above steps, the startup sound is disabled on your computer. To enable it again, repeat the above steps and in step 5, check the checkbox Play Windows Start sound. Click Apply and then OK button.

How to Enable or Disable Startup Sound via Group Policy in Windows 11?

Group Policy Editor is another way to enable or disable Startup sound on Windows 11. However, it is not part of the Windows 11 Home edition.

Step 1. First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.

To do that, press Windows + R keys simultaneously to open the Run box. In the Run box, type gpedit.msc and press Enter from the keyboard or click the OK button.

Step 2. When the Local Group Policy Editor window opens, browse to the following path from the left sidebar:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

Step 3. On the right side of the Logon folder, double-click on the policy name Turn off Windows Startup sound it open its settings.

Step 4. Here, Select the Enabled option.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Finally, reboot your computer.

When you complete the above steps, you should not hear the startup sound anymore on your Windows 11 PC. To enable it again, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, select the Not Configured option.

Good luck.

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