I just installed Windows 8 RTM (From MSDN) and have been getting these random chimes (the sound effect has about 7 or 8 chimes in it) about every 30 seconds. At first I thought it was just the notification sound effect, but it is consistent and has not stopped. Anyone know what this is? How to turn it off? I have enjoyed the previous versions of Windows 8 and would like to use this final version, but this is a little ridiculous. There is no visual indication as to what it may have to do with.
Have you tried looking at the System Sounds dialog to identify the sound?
Right-click the start hot-corner and select "Control Panel". Select "Hardware and Sound", then "Change system sounds".
You can select each system sounds and click "Test" to see if it matches the sound you're hearing.
From your description, the closest I can find that has "7 or 8 chimes" is the "Calendar Reminder" event.
If you can't find it in the system sounds, I would guess that it's another program altogether.
I've just got rid of it. Apparently, the sound was a System Sound; Close Program. To disable all sounds in Windows, go to the control panel under sounds, change to "No Sound". That's it. Have not heard it since.