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How to disable audio on domain joined computers Windows 7/8/10 & enforce the same

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How to disable audio on domain joined computers Windows 7/8/10 & enforce the same through GPO.
I have told to disable audio on all the computers.
Thanks in advance. :)
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Question by:Akash Bansal
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by:Marcin Koprowski
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Hi BansalAkash.

I'm not aware of a method that would allow to disable a sound device directly via a GPO. However, you could stop Windows Audio service on all your computers. This will prevent audio from working on them (unless the service is started again by a local admin).

How to disable Windows Audio Service.

1. Create a BAT file
 
*********************
@echo off
 
sc config Audiosrv start= disabled
 
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2.    After that, let’s assign a Computer Startup Script to apply it.
 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754995.aspx
 
However, Local Admin on client machines could start the Windows Audio service manually. You could remove users from Local Admin by using Restricted Group:
 
[Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Restricted Group]
 
Hope this helps.

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by:Akash Bansal
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Thanks @Marcin
I would do as you instructed & let you know if face any issue.
The solution seems perfect.
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This did not work. May be the script is needing elevated privileges. Please guide.

Now I am also testing a gpo computer-config-preferences-service-disabling & stopping the audio service.
& also comp config--windows settings-sec settings-system services-windows audio to disable

This disadvantage of this is that its computer based not a user based. :(
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by:Akash Bansal
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self explanatory in my comments.
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