# Windows – how to tell the computer to stay mute no matter what

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Does software have the ability to mute/unmute the system volume?

And if so, how can I prevent this?

I was thinking this should be possible like I can set a settings that tells the computer to no matter what.

To be sure, I also want to be able to revert the changes done.

• You can turn off Windows's Audio Service at any time, which will disable all sound devices, by typing this in the command prompt:

net stop "audiosrv"


Start it back with:

net start "audiosrv"


Most applications will deal somewhat gracefully when the service stops (read: not crash), but it's not a mute in the sense that the software is unable to send audio signal to Windows anymore. For example, Winamp and iTunes just stop playing and hold.

Also, when you start an application or a game while the service is off, it's unlikely that it will suddenly start working after turning it back on - you may need to restart the software. So your mileage may vary, depending on your intended usage.

If it works for you, you can easily assign to a hotkey (using your keyboard's software pointing to a batch file, or a third-party such as AutoHotKey).