Friday, October 10, 2008

Net Stop Beep

I've posted before about the three most beautiful words in a Windows console, "net stop beep".  This simple command will kill forever the ancient and annoying Control-G beep that pops up every now and then and, if you're like me, drives you right out of your headphones.

Only it's not forever, it's only until you reboot.

Anybody know how to kill it dead forever?  Does autoexec.bat still exist, can I put it in there? :)


Chris said...

I'd just use a simple registry edit:

Under Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run add a key named beepstop or similar, with the value:

C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe /c "net stop beep"

or perhaps simply:

"net stop beep"

And that ought to solve the problem.

steveo said...

Shoudln't you just disconnect the wire to the beeper?

Duane said...

I can't tell if you're kidding when you say that, SteveO. It's a company laptop, they're not fans of cracking them open. Especially when a software fix will do.

I've implemented Chris' registry hack. Thanks Chris!

Anonymous said...


sc config beep start= disabled

The space between start= and disabled is required.

This will disable the internal Windows service, which will survive a reboot.