5 Ways To Stop Windows Vista/XP/2003 From Beeping

This came up twice in the past week at work so I decided to post it. Here’s a few ways to disable the annoying beep in Windows. Works especially well to hush Terminal Services Beeping. I ran this on the clients but it may work for the server as well.

1. local machine: sc stop beep && sc config beep start= disabled
2. remote machine: sc \remoteMachine stop beep && sc \remoteMachine config beep start= disabled
3. requires reboot: Device Manager -> View -> Show Hidden Devices -> Non Plug and Play -> Beep -> Disable
4. requires reboot: net stop beep
5. use TweakUI: General > Settings -> Uncheck the Beep on Errors

Sources: tech-recipes, sonhaysytem.com and JSI FAQ.

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