How To Prevent Changing Sounds In Windows 7

There are several ways by which default sound settings of Windows 7 gets changed in your PC. It may be due to your Kid applying internet download theme files with sound effects or some one messing around with “Sound schemes” on your PC. To prevent change in Sound schemes, you can use one of the two methods that’s suitable for you.

METHOD 1: By using Group Policy Editor

1. Click “Start”, type gpedit.msc in the programs search box and hit enter.

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2. In the left pane, navigate through User Configuration—> Administrative Templates—> Control Panel—> Personalization.

Then look for item “Prevent changing sounds” in the right pane and then double-click on it.

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3.  In the following dialog box, check the radio button “Enabled” and then click “OK”.

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4. Exit Group Policy Editor.

That’s it. Changing sounds will disabled in your computer.  Anytime you want to enable sound changing again, follow same steps as above. Except, in step 3, choose “Not Configured” and then click “OK”.


METHOD 2: By Editing Windows Registry [Suitable for all Windows 7 Home Edition Users]

1. Download Prevent_Changing_Sounds_Windows_7.reg

2. Right-click on the downloaded file and then select “Merge” option.

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3. Click “Yes” if Windows asks you whether to run this program.

4. Refresh desktop.

That’s it. Changing sounds will disabled in your computer.

To enable changing sounds again,

1. Download Enable_Changing_Sounds_Windows_7.reg

2. Right-click on the downloaded file and then select “Merge” option.

3. Click “Yes” if Windows asks you whether to run this program.

4. Refresh desktop.

You are done. Changing Sounds will be enabled in your system.

You can cross check disabling changing sounds in “Personalization” section by right-click on empty area of desktop and then select “Personalize”. The option “Sounds” will be grayed out (inaccessible) and you will see message “One or more of the settings on this page has been disabled by the system administrator”.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.