Turning Off the Beeps

Reader Jose F. has a question about the Windows 2000 beeps.

"I use Windows 2000 Professional on my workstation. My problem is

the Windows 2000 beeps. When I adjust the volume, or any of several

other activities, I get a beep. This occurs even when I have set

the system to use no sounds. Is there a way to get rid of the beep?"

Yes, there is. Right-click My Computer and choose Manage. When the

Computer Management window opens, click Device Manager. Now, choose

View, Show Hidden Devices. In the right pane of the window, double-

click Non-Plug and Play Drivers. Next, right-click Beep and choose


When the Beep Properties dialog box opens, click the arrow at the right

side of the Device Usage list box and choose "Do not use this device

(disable)." Click OK, and then restart the computer when prompted.

After the restart, you shouldn't hear the beep again.

We have disabled the beep this way in both Windows 2000 and Windows XP

Professional. We have not encountered any problems. It's conceivable

that some (weird) software may require that you enable beeps, though.

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