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How To enable or disable startup sound in Windows 11 (4 Ways)


You may have observed that when you turn on a Microsoft Windows computer, a sound is played. This is known as the Windows startup/logon sound. However, it seems that you are either frustrated listening to the same startup sound repeatedly or simply want to enable it because it is disabled on your version of Windows by default.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable or enable startup sound in Windows 11:


Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Personalization” tab from the left sidebar and click the “Themes” button on the right pane.

select themes option from the personalization option from the left sidebar or navigation pane in windows settings app
‘Themes’ option

Step 3: Click the “Sounds” button.

click the sounds button in the themes section in personalization tab in windows settings
“Sounds” Button

Step 4: To enable the startup sound, check the “Play Windows Startup sound” option and click the “Apply” button. Uncheck the “Play Windows Startup sound” button to disable it.

enable or disable play windows startup sound option in windows settings
Enable or Disable Startup Sound

Note: If the “Play Windows Startup Sound” checkbox is disabled on your version of Windows, follow the Method 3 or Method 4 below.


Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.

control panel icon in windows 11
Control Panel Icon

Step 2: Click the “Hardware and Sound” button.

select the hardware and sound option
‘Hardware and Sound’ option

Step 3: Click the “Change System Sounds” button.

click the "change system sounds" option
“Change System Sounds” option

Step 4: To enable the startup sound, check the “Play Windows Startup sound” option and click the “Apply” button. Uncheck the “Play Windows Startup sound” button to disable it.

enable or disable the play windows startup sound option using control panel
Enable or Disable the Startup Sound

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: regedit and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\BootAnimation and double-click the DisableStartupSound value.

navigate to boot animation key in registry editor
Boot Animation Key

Step 3: To enable the Startup Sound using Windows using Registry Editor, set the “value data” from 0 to 1. To disable the startup sound, set the “value data” to 0.

navigate to boot animation key in registry editor
Enable or Disable Startup Sound

Step 4: Restart your computer to make changes take effect. After restarting the computer, you’ll be able to configure the Windows Logon sound settings.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for Edit Group Policy or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination to open Windows Run, type: gpedit.msc and hit the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: Navigate to the following file path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Template > System > Logon and double-click the “Turn off Windows Startup Sound” option on the right pane.

click the "turn off windows startup" option in group policy editor
“Turn off Windows Startup” option

Step 3: To enable the startup sound, check the “Not Configured” option and click the “Apply” button. To disable it, check the “Enabled” option.

enable or disable startup sound in windows using group policy editor
Enable or Disable Startup Sound

Step 4: To save changes without restarting the computer, open the Command Prompt as an administrator from the Start menu, type the command: gpupdate/force and hit the enter key.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to disable or enable Startup Sound in Windows 11.

The sound that plays when Windows boots up is known as the Windows startup sound. Windows 11 features a different startup sound than prior versions of Windows. Microsoft appears to be portraying a fresh new identity with Windows 11, therefore the starting sound is likely to have been modified, just as it was with prior versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 10.

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