How to Disable the Windows 11 Startup Sound

Windows 11 has a pleasant and subtle startup sound compared to earlier versions. Still, you might want o do without one at all. Here’s how to disable it.

Windows 11 is full of cool new features like a centered taskbar and Start menu, improved Snap Layouts, a new Widgets feature, and many more. It’s also worth noting that the startup sound has been introduced, which isn’t a new feature per se. The OS had quite an annoying and loud one for Windows XP – which is no longer supported. There was also a startup sound for the popular Window 7. But the good thing is you can disable it if you’re not a fan of it. Here’s how to do it.

Disable Windows 11 Startup Sound

If you want your PC to be silent when it boots, you need to make a few adjustments in Settings. Got to Start > Settings.

 Start Menu Settings Windows 11

Tip: If you access Settings a lot, it’s a good idea to pin it to the taskbar. To do that, hit the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu. Then right-click on the Settings icon and select “Pin to taskbar.” Then it will always be ready, and you can open it with a click.

pin to taskbar

Disable Startup Sound on Windows 11

Now in Settings, click on Personalization from the list on the left. Then under the “Personalization” section on the right, click on Themes.

windows-11-Theme- Settings-Windows-11

Then on the right, under Themes, click on Sounds Windows Default.

 themes settings windows 11

That will open the Sound windows that you are used to seeing in previous versions of Windows. Near the bottom of the window, uncheck the “Play Windows Startup Sound” box. When you’re finished, click on OK.

Play Windows Startup Sound Windows 11

Then you can close out of the Settings window. Moving forward, there will be no startup sound when you boot Windows 11 and log in. If you want to reenable it, go back into the same Settings section shown above and check the option to play a startup sound.

You may have noticed that in my screenshots, the Start button is at the lower-left corner. You can do that too. Just read our article on how to move the Windows 11 Start button to the left corner. And another trick you might want to try out is finding apps by the first letter on the Start menu.

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