How can you automatically mute the audio in Windows every time you shut down?
AutoMute - a little portable program designed specifically for this. Automatically mutes on logoff, shutdown, so the next start up is quiet. Also enables a keyboard shortcut for quick quieting down.
This is a bit of a hack, but here goes:
You can use NirCmd to do some useful things from the command line. One of these is muting the system audio. The command you'll need is:
nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 1
To complement lc's answer, I suggest that you create a WSH script, like the one below. Write the following code in Notepad, then save it as a
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") For i=1 To 100 WshShell.SendKeys(chr(&hAE)) Next
(based on an article found with Google at nilpo.com)
The script turns the volume down to minimum (an alternative would be to mute the sound, with the
&hAD code; that however would toggle the "muted" state, so unless you know how to check the "muted" state from the script, you couldn't be sure if the sound is off or on afterwards).
You should be able to register this script for Windows shutdown with the methods linked to by lc in his answer. (Note however, that on Vista Home Premium those are apparently unavailable).
Not sure what you mean but you can turn off the shutdown noise in the "Sounds" Control Panel application
See here for how to do this http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/soundscheme.mspx
This has been answered, and I'm sure the solution works. Still, I'm posting because this possible solution which does not require any third party application. It is a bit drastic in that it shuts down the audio subsystem (driver) completely, not just muting the mixer.
Run a command prompt as administrator, and type the following:
net stop "Audiosrv"
to start the audio subsystem again, type the following:
net start "Audiosrv"
If you log off or sleep, this will work. A full shutdown/restart resets the audio back on.
The possible downside is some programs might display an error message when trying to play audio while the audio subsystem is disabled. (Winamp shows an annoying message box, while iTunes simply pauses peacefully.)
You could just go into the control panel and remove the startup and shutdown sounds. The exact procedure will vary somewhat by windows version, but on XP look for the "Sounds" tab in the "Sounds and Audio Devices" control panel icon.