Ever wanted to turn off Windows Beep?

The other day my PC started beeping at me. Every "Are you sure?" message box was accompanied by a "beep". I don't know how or why this started...I only wanted to make it go away.

First check, Control Panel -> Sounds. I confirmed that I had my sound scheme set to "No Sounds", but the beep stubbornly refused to budge.

Next, Google. Did you know there's a "Beep" driver? Neither did I! The HowToGeek has a nice article on disabling this driver on XP, only issue is you have to be admin.

I rolled up my sleeves, ran an elevated command prompt using MakeMeAdmin, then ran System Properties from the command prompt using "sysdm.cpl", and finally followed all the instructions in HowToGeek's article to stop the driver, disable the driver, and disable startup of the driver.

Now, I'm beep free - fan-beeping-tastic!

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posted @ Wednesday, April 22, 2009 1:14 PM

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