How to Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound

Earlier, when Windows 10 starts up, there rings its signature tune and we get to know our PC is all set to use now. As all things have moved fast forward, Microsoft starts keeping this feature disabled by default on our computers. They did so to minimize the overall boot time even further. However, users may enable Windows 10 Startup Sound if they want to by configuring a few settings. 

Whether you want to re-enable this feature just for fun or want to keep this enabled, read our six ways of getting back the signature tune of Windows 10. These days, you may also use in between dozens of tunes available under Program Events. 

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound

To Turn On or Off the Startup Sound in Windows 10, you may follow either of the following methods. 

Note: Before applying any workaround, make sure to first disable the Fast Startup boot on your device. You may turn off the related settings under the Battery Settings. Here’s how to perform this task –

How to Disable Fast Startup

  • Right-click on the battery icon and hit Power Options.
  • On the Power Options window, click over the link -“Choose what the power button does”.

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound - Power Options

  • Doing so will take you to the System Settings page.
  • Since all the options are grayed out, click “Change Settings that are currently unavailable”.

Edit Power Options

  • Next, uncheck the box that reads – Turn on fast startup (recommended).

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound - Disable Fast Startup

Now that you have disabled the fast boot-up of your device, perform either of the following actions to enable Startup Sound when Windows 10 loads. 

1] Use Shortcut

Here’s how to enable Windows 10 Startup Sound using a shortcut key – 

  • Press Win + R to start Run.
  • Type “mmsys.cpl” in the text field and press OK.
  • When the Sound window comes up on the display screen, go to the Sound tab.
  • Tick the checkbox left of “Play Windows Startup Sound” and press Apply then OK.
  • Restart your PC and when it does, you will get the Startup sound clearly. 

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound

Note: You may also use the cmd prompt to open the Sound settings. To do so, use these steps –

  • Open Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type “mmsys.cpl” on the elevated console and press Enter.
  • When the Sound window comes into the view, make the essential changes. 

2] Modify Personalization Setting

Windows 10 users may personalize the Windows Startup sound with the theme section as well. This way, every time Windows 10 reloads, you will listen to the chosen soundtrack. 

  • Right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalization.
  • Click over the “Themes” option on the left pane.
  • Head over to the right page and click Sounds (Windows default). 

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound - Edit Theme

  • Tick the checkbox left of “Play Windows Startup Sound”, and select one track among the available ones. There’s a Test button as well that can produce the same sound you are going to get. 
  • Lastly, hit Apply then OK to confirm this configuration.

3] Using Control Panel

Alternatively, you may also use Control Panel to Turn On the Startup Sound while Windows 10 reloads. Here’s how to proceed –

  • Launch Control Panel and click Sound.
  • Mark the “Play Windows Startup Sound” checkbox and hit Apply > OK

4] Using Sound Icon on Taskbar

  • Right-click on the Speaker icon available on the taskbar and choose – Sounds.
  • Tick the “Play Windows Startup Sound” box and press Apply then OK.

Note: All of the above methods work on the same principle i.e. enabling Windows 10 Startup Sound via editing the Sound window. 

5] Edit Local Group Policy Editor

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or other editions except Home may also modify the related policy via GPE. Here’s how to use Group Policy to enable Windows 10 Startup Sound –

  • Open Run Command (Win key + R).
  • Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
  • Next, browse to the path below –

Computer Configuration \ Administrative Template \ System \ Logon

  • On the right pane, scroll down, and double-click on the policy – “Turn off Windows Startup Sound“.

Enable or Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound - Edit Group Policy

  • Select whichever option suits you the most i.e. Enabled or Disabled

Edit the policy

  • Lastly, hit the OK button and close Group Policy Editor.
  • Restart your PC so that changes made become effective from the next logon.

How to Disable Windows 10 Startup Sound

In case you were wondering how to disable the Windows 10 Startup Sound, you don’t need to go and undo any changes you made so far. All you require is to re-enable the fast startup and Sound stops coming when Windows 10 reloads. 

I hope this article helps you to get back the Startup Sound on your device. In case you face any difficulty while performing the above methods, let’s know in the comment section. 

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