How to Change the Startup Sound for Windows 7 and 8

If you're wondering why the Microsoft team removed the facility to change the startup sound in Windows 7 and 8, it's still there. You just need to know how to find it. Here is a way to change it.

Steps

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    Right-click the Sounds icon in the system tray (on the right end of the taskbar).
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    Choose the option Sounds.
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    If a check box saying "Play startup sound" is there and checked, then uncheck it.
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    Close the dialogue box.
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    Open Windows Explorer.
    • Windows 7: Go to "Organize" menu and select "Folder and search options". Then go to the "View" tab and search for the check box saying "Hide extensions for known file types". If checked, uncheck it.
    • Windows 8: Go to "View" menu and select "Folder and search options" (last one). Then go to the "View" tab and search for the check-box saying "Hide extensions for known file types". If checked, uncheck it.
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    Close the dialogue box.
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    Go to C:\Users\{Username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" (for Windows 7 and 8).
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    Create a text document.
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    Open it and paste the code exactly, not even one change (including 'Enter the source....'): strSoundFile = " " 'Enter the source of the startup sound file in the quotes Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") strCommand = "wmplayer /play" & chr(34) & strSoundFile & chr(34) objShell.Run strCommand, 0, True
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    Save the file (Ctrl+S) and close Notepad.
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    Rename the file as "something" and instead of "txt" in the end, replace it as "vbs" with the dot before "vbs".
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    Finished! Next time when you start your computer, the new sound will play.

Tips

  • To edit the file source, right click that VBScript file and choose "Edit". Now you can change it in the code.
  • If the sound is not playing, re-check the code. Check whether the source file's path is exactly correct or not.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer running Microsoft® Windows® 7/8

Article Info

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