Way to set up auto-mute on XP's startup?

By Koyae ·
I've got some program or another which keeps turning my annoying default startup, restart, and shutdown -noises on.

I'd like to either set up XP to automatically mute the sound every startup and shutdown, or find a way to prevent the little registry-highjacking/resetting that's going on. I imagine the former might be easier, but whatever's simplest.


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Have you checked for Malware, Virus activity

by Jacky Howe In reply to Way to set up auto-mute o ...

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and do a regular scan and keep it updated.

<a href="http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/malwarebytes/mbam-setup.exe" target="_blank"><u>Malwarebytes</u></a>

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

Download Spybot - Search & Destroy and install it and Update it and run it.

<a href="http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html " target="_blank"><u>Spybot</u></a>

When you are sure that there is no infection try this.

Copy and paste the text between the lines ------------- into NotePad and save the file as AM.reg to the DeskTop.

Right mouse click on AM.reg and select Merge from the Menu.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"AutoMute"="%windir%\mute.exe on"


?Download this Utility "Mute.exe" from the following link and save it into c:\windows


When you have finished the above instructions the System Sound will be permanently Muted. To enable it left click on the Volume icon in the Taskbar.

Actually you can just left click on the Volume icon in the Taskbar and select Mute. This will disable the sound until it is unticked.

?If the Volume icon is not showing in the TaskBar it can be enabled through Control Panel, Sounds.

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Another thing to look at....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Way to set up auto-mute o ...

After you've done complete scans for malware/virus as Jacky suggested, look to see if you have something installed which is controling your themes and uninstall it, or maybe just change to a different theme.

You might also try going into your sound scheme, turning off your startup/exit sounds (set them to no sound), then saving your sound scheme.

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