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How To Disable Sound Themes In Windows 7

A sound theme is a set of sounds applied for each event like system startup, shutdown, errors and many others. They are useful at times and also very annoying many times(especially alerts of common mistyped key strokes and mouse clicks).

I use to mute system sound to get rid of the annoyance but just learnt that there is a better way to disable these sounds .

If you are also annoyed like me and decided to turn off sound themes here are the steps to be followed in Windows 7:

1. Right click on the empty are of desktop and choose the option Personalize

2. Scroll to the end of the Personalize Window and click Sounds  link


3. Select No Sounds from the list of Sound Scheme options and click the OK button.


5. That’s all. All the Windows alert sounds are disabled now.

29 Comments on How To Disable Sound Themes In Windows 7

  1. Dewwed
    February 19, 2012 at 9:13 am (8 years ago)

    Ther is no “NO SOUNDS” scheme on windows 7!!

    • techdreams
      February 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

      I see such option in Windows 7 Ultimate. Which version of Windows 7 you are using?

  2. Hooliwah
    February 14, 2012 at 2:47 am (8 years ago)

    Doesn’t work.  “No Sounds” still with reciculous bells, whistles, boi-oi-oing, and razzberrys”.

  3. hdrh
    December 26, 2011 at 2:31 am (8 years ago)

    Why doesn’t all sounds get disabled on w7? Damn u microsoft!

  4. Chris
    June 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm (8 years ago)

    OMG I cant belive I didn’t see that before. Thanks man XD I thought my ears would fall off.

  5. Tarugo
    June 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm (8 years ago)

    Muchas Grasas!

  6. Steve A
    April 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm (9 years ago)


  7. Rafael
    March 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Works perfectly! :-)

  8. Heather
    March 4, 2011 at 7:30 am (9 years ago)

    I did this and it didn’t work. I still get a stupid “ding-dong” notification sound. I hate windows 7. I want XP back!

    • Gopinath
      March 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm (9 years ago)

      What version of Windows 7 you have?

  9. taylora smith
    February 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm (9 years ago)

    Thank you!!!!!!!

  10. Stringsattached
    February 1, 2011 at 7:07 am (9 years ago)

    THANK YOU! It’s been bugging me for a while now.

  11. DZ
    January 31, 2011 at 12:03 am (9 years ago)

    Moe’s guides don’t work on Windows 7 Home editions. Only the business/enterprise versions.
    Apparently, the gods at MS have decided those of us at home will continue to hear sounds.

  12. louis
    January 20, 2011 at 12:11 am (9 years ago)

    mine still keeps making a horrible noies

  13. OC
    December 21, 2010 at 2:26 am (9 years ago)

    Doesn’t work.

  14. Ashish
    December 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi, Thanks for the post. It really helped me i was in so much trouble to find out what is making that annoying trumpet noise. I could figure out its not skype or facebook but notification and you helped me with disabling that. so thanks for the same..

  15. Mikael
    October 28, 2010 at 1:32 am (9 years ago)

    Hope this work for more than one day. Starting to go nuts really. How did they think when they added sound to open maps as default. Starting to really hate windows…..seriously.

  16. James
    August 16, 2010 at 7:48 am (9 years ago)

    Also can someone describe why Outlook gives sounds even after I say “no sounds” as my system setting? Is there something else i need to do?

    Thank you.

  17. Moe
    July 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Here’s how to do it permanently, since the fix above is temporary, until you change the theme:

    run policy editor (gpedit.msc…must have admin permissions)
    user configuration
    administrative templates
    control panel
    Enable the ‘prevent changing sounds’ policy.
    WARNING: be sure to set your sound scheme to what you want BEFORE implementing this policy, as it will preserve the current settings.

  18. Moe
    July 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm (9 years ago)

    This only works for the current theme. Once you change to another theme, you’ll need to disable the sounds manually again.

  19. AK
    July 16, 2010 at 8:17 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you very much. I also used to use Mute option till I found this solution.

  20. DJ
    June 11, 2010 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for the easy solution. The sounds have been very annoying.

  21. Bill
    June 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm (9 years ago)

    It would be nice to eliminate those annoying sounds. I hope the fix works. Considering the comments, maybe it won’t.

  22. Yang
    April 16, 2010 at 8:16 am (10 years ago)

    Great, thank you sooooo much!!!

  23. Jeff
    April 10, 2010 at 1:01 am (10 years ago)

    This does not work!

  24. RoTimi Waddy
    March 17, 2010 at 6:50 am (10 years ago)

    Thank you for this clear and precise writeup. This helped me in doing what needed to do, which is to finally eradicate those annoying sounds in Windows 7!!!! :) Cheers.

  25. Randi
    March 4, 2010 at 12:13 am (10 years ago)

    I finally found this option, but, the sounds get turned back on, so I have to reset this daily. Annoying

  26. susanjxp
    December 2, 2009 at 9:46 am (10 years ago)

    Way to go, dude! Thanks! Now, can you help me get my quick launch bar back to it’s usual useful self? I add folders in xp and works great. Win 7, cant do it unless you attach to Explorer. Pain in the arse!

    Thanks again,


  27. Jonas
    November 11, 2009 at 3:35 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks! This has been annoying me ever since i got Windows 7, thank you so much!!


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