How do I stop this ‘hooter’ sound?
QAfter the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU), I have discovered that the People app now emits an annoying sound, like a ship’s hooter, when I press the Save button after updating my contacts. I have searched the Settings screen and Control Panel, but I cannot find how to disable this annoying sound. Please help. Richard Strange
AThis is the kind of thoughtless ‘upgrade’ that should make Microsoft blush with shame. An audio alert would be nice as an option but currently there’s no simple way to disable this ping, so it’s effectively compulsory.
After lots of digging around we identified the offending sound file, (‘Saving_contact.wav’), which lurks in the Windowsapps folder. This folder is hidden to prevent users meddling with it. Moreover, the file’s permissions are also protected, so you can’t just go in and delete it, which anyway would cause an error message from the People app when it tries to save something.
We’re sure that Microsoft will eventually introduce on/off options for People’s new sounds, but if you’re not prepared to wait, we’ve figured out a workaround – albeit one that requires a deep breath before proceeding.
First, press Windows key+e to launch File Explorer. Now select the View tab, then click Options and choose ‘Change folder and search options’. In the Folder Options box that appears, click View. Next, in the ‘Advanced settings’ pane, scroll down to find the ‘Hidden files and folders’ heading, then click to select the ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ option. Click OK to close the Folder Options box.
Back in File Explorer, you need to navigate to a folder similar to C:\program Files\windowsapps\microsoft.people_ 10.3.3472.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\ Assets\sounds. We say ‘similar to’ because the ‘Microsoft.people_ 10.3.3472. 0_x64__ 8wekyb3d8bbwe’ sub-folder name depends on your precise Windows 10 version and update status, but it’ll certainly begin with ‘Microsoft.people’.
Now, as noted, you can’t simply delete the ‘Saving_contact.wav’ file, because it has a special protective permission applied (to prevent even administrators messing with it). So, first right-click ‘Saving_contact.wav’ and choose Properties. Next, select the Security tab and then, in the ‘Group or user names’ list, click to select Administrators then click the Advanced button (see screenshot above).
Next, in the ‘Advanced Security Settings for Saving_contact.wav’ box, select the Permissions tab and, next to Owner, click Change (see screenshot below left). Type your Windows administrator username into the ‘Enter the object name to select (examples):’ box, then click Check Names followed by OK.
Back on the Permissions tab of the ‘Advanced Security Settings for Saving_contact.wav’ box, click Add followed by ‘Select a principal’, type your Windows administrator username, click Check Names then click OK. Under ‘Basic permissions’, tick ‘Full control’, then click OK.
At last you can do something about ‘Saving_contact.wav’. Press F2 to rename it, calling it something like Saving_ Contact.tmp. If you left things like this then People would display an error when it fails to find ‘Saving_contact. wav’. So, finally, use a free program like Audacity ( www.audacity team.org) to record a moment of silence and save it as ‘Saving_contact.wav’ in the same folder as ‘Saving_contact.tmp’.