How to disable or change sounds in Windows Vista

So far we have published many articles about managing your sounds and working with sound devices in Windows Vista. However, we have not yet shown you how to disable or change specific sounds from your default Windows Vista sound scheme. This is what this article will cover and, as you will see for yourself, the procedure is pretty easy to follow.

How to disable the Windows Vista sound scheme

First, right click on your Desktop and select Personalize.

Personalize menu

Then click on Sounds.


Alternatively, you can go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound.

When the Sound window opens, go to the Sounds tab. To disable the current sound-scheme completely, click on the 'Sound Scheme' drop-down menu and select 'No sounds'.


Now click on OK and Windows Vista will not bother you with any other sounds.

How to disable or change only a specific sound

If you find annoying only some specific things like the 'critical stop' or the 'log off' sound, you can very easily disable them or change them with other sounds.

When you are in the Sounds tab of the Sound window, select from the Program list the sound that you want to disable or change .


Once selected, go to the Sounds drop-down menu. To disable the sound, select '(None)'. If you want to replace it with another sound, click on Browse and select another '.wav' file from your hard disk which contains the sound you want to play from now on.

Recommended articles:
How to change your sound scheme
Disable the System Beep
Disable Windows Vista Startup Sound
Sound Recorder
Volume Mixer
Put the Volume Mixer icon back on your taskbar


doesn't work

Does this work with all .wav files? I've tried that same procedure, but when I click "Test" I don't hear anything.

Vista Sound window

When I go to the "Sound" window,
it shows the "Program Events:",
but not the "Sounds:" portion,
so I cannot test or browse,
to change sounds.

How do I resize the window,
or what else ??


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