Method 1: Turn off the beep sound on a particular virtual machineImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
To stop a virtual machine from generating a beep sound when an operating system event occurs, follow these steps:
- On the virtual machine, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
- Locate, and then click the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Beep
- In the right pane, right-click Start, and then click Modify.
- In the Value data box, type 4 to turn off the beep sound, and then click OK.
- Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the virtual machine.
Note You can also follow these steps to turn off the beep sound on the host computer. In this scenario, the beep sound is also turned off for all guest operating systems.
Method 2: Turn off the Beep serviceYou can turn off the Beep service in Microsoft Windows XP or in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. To do this, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
To turn the beep sound back on, type the sc config beep start= command together with one of the following startup types:
Method 3: Stop the Beep serviceYou can stop the Beep service by using the Net command. However, in this scenario, the service automatically restarts when you restart the virtual machine or when you restart the host computer. To stop the Beep service, type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
Article ID: 838671 - Last Review: Mar 29, 2017 - Revision: 3