How to Turn Off System Beeps

Do computer beeps irritate you? Would you like to get rid of them without affecting your other audio settings?

If you’re on a Windows XP computer, this is an easy thing to do. All you need is a simple registry tweak and you can kiss those system beeps goodbye. However, remember that you will be editing your registry, so you should create a backup of your present registry settings just in case any errors arise.

If you want to turn off system beeps, follow the instructions below.

  1. Click on Start and go to Run. Enter regedit. This will bring up your registry editor.

  2. Look for the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder on the left side of the registry editor. There will be a cross on its left side. Click the cross to expand the folder.

  3. Next go to Control Panel. Expand the folder.

  4. Look for the Sound folder.

  5. This time, look at the right hand pane of the registry editor. Look for Beeps. If you find the value, go to step six. If you can’t find Beeps, create it using the following steps.

    • Right click on the right hand side of the registry editor.

    • Select New and then select String Value.

    • Rename the new String Value Beeps or right click on the new string value and select Rename.

  6. Double click on Beeps. A new box will come up.

  7. Enter 0 if you want to disable the beeping sounds your system makes. Enter 1 if you’d like to keep these beeping sounds.

  8. Exit the registry and reboot.