I want to disable laptop (DELL) beeping. So, as you know, I need to go to Device Manager, then choose to show hidden devices and after this I should see "Non-Present Devices" but there is no one.

I have tried to set DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 option but I have not got any results.

  • "So, as you know", nope, don't know exactly what you mean. Did this ever work for you with this notebook model and Windows 8.1? Exactly which device are you expecting to find? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 17 '13 at 15:21
  • I want to find "Beep". I've broke my screen, so the laptop is beeping. I find out that I can disable that sound in this way. – Paulius Dec 17 '13 at 15:26
  • If there's damage to the device that causing the beeping (POST failure?) then the beeping is probably out-side the control of the OS. Maybe you should edit your question to be about the actual problem, instead of the solution you're trying (see XY Problem) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 17 '13 at 15:34

According to this discussion on TechNet and me checking both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 locally, the 'Non-Plug and Play Drivers' are no longer accessible in Device Manager in 8.x regardless of what you try.

You can always just try to disable the beep driver directly:

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change the Start value from 1 to 4, which means disabled.

The corresponding .REG registry file would be:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


You have to reboot your machine.

I haven't tested this myself, but disabling the beep driver should not break anything else in your system.

  • Hi Peter, thanks for this. I've added the exported text for that registry setting as an edit. – Lilienthal Jan 18 '18 at 10:27

You need to launch the command line as Administrator by right clicking on it not just from the run prompt.

Start > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then ‘Run as Administrator’. Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

  • It doesn't work. I've tried this. – Paulius Dec 17 '13 at 15:17
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    Did you click at the top click under View > Show hidden devices? – colealtdelete Dec 17 '13 at 15:20
  • Yes I did. Please, read again my question. J – Paulius Dec 17 '13 at 15:21

Other options to view hidden devices in Windows:

1) Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum 2) Device Cleanup Tool 3) GhostBuster

Reference here:


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