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"turn sounds off" greyed out Win 7 Home

Windows 7 Home Basic

Want annoying Windows sounds gone, so went: 


Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Sound\Sounds 

BUT the Sounds "None" check box is grayed out 

This check box is unselectable!  

Ok, so Windows sounds are so lame so I decided just to delete them all.  

But Windows wouldn't let me.  

So I to take ownership of the folder. 

This is the easiest way [otherwise it's a long convoluted "select n click fest" that too often fails] 

"Take Ownership" via Command Prompt 

Log in as Administrator, or with an account with full Administrator privileges 

Open Cmd [that's Start/All Programs/Accessories - right click Command Prompt and select "Run as Administrator" 


for YourUserName I mean the account name you are using 

for foldername I mean the folder you wish to delete [in this case C:\Windows\Media] 

Use the following syntax:
takeown /f foldername /r /d y

Then to assign  YourUserNam>  group Full Control Permissions for the folder, use this syntax:
icacls foldername /grant  YourUserName:F /T

The /T parameter extends the permission to all the sub-directories and files within that folder.

Command-line help: To know more information about the above commands, run these commands from a Command Prompt window.

takeown /?

icacls /?

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Last updated February 27, 2018 Views 77 Applies to: