How to COMPLETELY disable audio in Windows????

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  1. hierobryan macrumors 6502a

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    I have some stupid workers who keep watching movies while I'm not around, so I need to completely disable ALL audio in Windows XP without having to uninstall the audio drivers. Help please? Perhaps there's a simple registry setting?
     
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  3. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    1. Notice I posted in a Windows forum.
    2. I don't want to have to register on a Windows forum website.
    3. Nevermind, because I already disabled it in the bios.
     
  4. eXan macrumors 601

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    Windows on a Mac. Related to specific questions of running Windows on a Mac, not general Windows questions like yours is.

    I can understand that you dont want to register on Windows forums though :D
     
  5. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, by reading my first post, you can't tell if I'm talking about Windows on a Mac or Windows on a PC, riiiight? Okay then.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    It doesnt matter if you run Win on a Mac or PC, but "Windows on a Mac" forum is dedicated to specific issues when running Windows on a Mac hardware like troubles with drivers, etc.
     
  7. peterlobl macrumors regular

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    Run Control Panel from Start Menu

    Click System

    Select Hardware tab up top

    Select Device Manager

    scroll down until you see "Sound, Video & Game Controllers"

    Right click on those pertaining to Audio - you should be able to disable your sound drivers that way w/o having to mess with registry.. and is easy to enough to reenable, by doing same procedure

    hope this helps!
     
  8. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the suggestion, but I already knew about that. When I tried, it would only let me disable one of the many audio codecs/drivers, which did not make a difference.
     
  9. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Go into Services and find Windows Audio. Stop it, then set it to disabled. That will completely stop audio, regardless of which driver is used for the sound hardware and where the audio comes from or goes to.

    All audio is routed through the Windows Audio service, so if you shut that off you stop audio from working. You can access Services by going into Control Panel then clicking Administrative Tools.
     
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    NO NO NOOOO!!!! That doesn't work when they use headphones. So far wrldwzrd89 wins for the best advice.
     
  12. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    Why didn't you just mute the sound? That way you could have turned it on and off at your leisure, instead of having to go in an enable/disable services...


    my .02
     
  13. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    Because if they can put a DVD in a disk tray, I'm sure they could also figure out how to unmute the sound?

    ... did you even read the quote you used?
     
  14. 7031 macrumors 6502

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    Unless it's onboard, I'd just take out the sound card lol.

    Then again, I'm like the only person who actually ads their own sound card in their PC.
     
  15. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    This may sound silly, but what are you trying to accomplish? Seems more like you don't want your coworkers watching movies and it is somehow your responsibility to prevent them from doing such things. I assume because of company policy. What does that have to do with sound? Why don't you just uninstall any DVD playing software? Or fire employees that don't follow company rules?
     
  16. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not always there to catch them watching, that's why I have to disable the audio more than just clicking MUTE. These guys are new to computers, so they DO know how to unmute...but they don't know how to enable audio in the BIOS.
     
  17. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    You should obviously have a password protected bios as well or else they'll just get in there and muck around.
     
  18. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I assume you work in IT, then use a Group Policy to block it.
     
  19. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't work in IT (though I do work for an IT company)...I just know more than the average PC user. And trust me, these guys won't muck around in the bios...they don't even know what a bios is.
     

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