How to change the windows 10 startup sound with ease [minitool news]

The Shut Down event

We need to create a task in Task Scheduler attached to a special Shut Down event. The event we need has ID 1074 = User Initiated Shutdown, as shown in the following screenshot.

Task Scheduler is able to run tasks attached to any event, so specifying our script as the task’s action will make it play the sound every time you shut down the OS. To play the sound, we have to use PowerShell.

Method limitations

  • This method only works when you know and can use credentials for an administrative user account.
  • It doesn’t work if your user account has no password.
  • It might not work if you have Fast Startup disabled.

Unfortunately, there is no way to bypass these limitations.  The method is very tricky and doesn’t work reliable. You’ve been warned.

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Before diving into the stuff first let me introduce a database/tool which we will be using to change some settings, Registry Editor. The Registry is a database in which low-level settings for the operating system and other software are stored. The kernel, device drivers, services can all access it.”

In this article, I am going to try to explain how we, with the help of some registry tweaks, can change the startup sound in Windows 10. Microsoft does not allow users to directly change startup sound from the “sounds” settings. Let me show you a way that I have had tried in recent time. The default sounds are present in the Windows\winSxS folder.

windows 10 personalization

One can spot them by searching for Windows Logon Sound.wav, Windows Logoff Sound.wav Windows Shutdown.wav, and Windows Startup.wav. Although one can replace them with their own sound file(having same name and format), this is not what we are going to do. We will try a better solution and, which does not include deleting or replacing any file manually.

Let us understand the registry tweaks. Although Microsoft has hidden the log on, log off and exit sound settings, we, still can get those back by tweaking some values in registries. For that user must have administrator rights. Since we know, registries store low-level settings. Hence it is in recommendation that you must not be interfering with something that you do not know. Now let us get back to our concerning topic.

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Switch Off Fast Boot

You’ve probably noticed by now that when you shut down your Windows 10 PC you can magically turn it on again by pressing any key on your keyboard instead of the Power button on your machine. This is thanks to the “Fast Boot” feature in Windows 10 which essentially hibernates your PC, shutting it down but keeping your session, drivers and so-on dormant in the hibernation file, ready to spring back into action as soon as you turn your PC on.

Fast boot can speed up boot time, though its effects aren’t significant and some people have even reported that it slows down their boot time. It also prevents Windows from greeting you with a jingle because Windows doesn’t think that your PC was actually shut down in the first place.

So switching off Fast Boot can restore your startup sound. To do this, click Start, type , then click “Power Options” in the search results.

In the Power Options window, click “Choose what the power buttons do,” then uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up” box. If it’s greyed out, click “Change Settings that are currently unavailable,” then untick the box.

Replacing the Windows 10 Startup Sound

If you want to replace the default Windows 10 jingle, you’ll need to use a “.wav” file or convert an existing audio file to a .wav file. This is simple to do, and you can use a free online converter like online-convert or to do it.

If you want to use the Windows 95 jingle like me, you can download it from here by right-clicking the little WAV logo and clicking “Save link as.”

Once you have your .wav file, it’d seem logical to change the startup sound from the Sound settings window, but for some reason this option is missing.

Thankfully, there’s a workaround to this, and you can download a small, simple tool made specifically for changing your startup sound. Download Startup Sound Changer, extract it, then run it.

In Startup Sound Changer, click Replace, then navigate to your jingle and add it. Now just kick back and enjoy the soothing sound of Windows starting up!


It’s deceptively complicated to switch up your Windows 10 startup sound and a bit strange that Microsoft hasn’t tried to make it a bit simpler. Your startup noise is your Big Welcome as you boot up your PC, capable of setting you off on the right foot for a day of computer-based productivity, leisure, gaming, whatever.

Or maybe I’m reading too much into it. But I know that I feel much more satisfied now that I have Brian Eno’s perfect six-second startup sound greeting me each time I boot up.

Robert Zak

Content Manager at Make Tech Easier. Enjoys Android, Windows, and tinkering with retro console emulation to breaking point.

How to change the Windows 10 Startup sound

You can change the Windows 10 startup sound by following the steps below:

  1. Disable Fast startup.
  2. Enable the Startup sound.
  3. Enable the Logon sound from the Windows Registry.
  4. Customize the startup sound from Windows Settings.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the above steps to show you how to go about them.

1] Disable Fast startup

Microsoft gave up the startup sound to make way for the Fast startup feature in Windows 10. Fast startup works by keeping all your programs and applications running even after you shut down your PC.

You need to open your Power Options by right-clicking on the battery icon on your taskbar. Next, click on Choose what the power buttons do.

On the next screen, go to Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Uncheck the box labeled Turn on fast start (recommended) and finally, click on the Save changes button.

2] Enable Windows 10 startup sound

Press the Windows key + I combination to open Windows Settings.

Go to Personalization and select Themes from the left-hand panel.

Locate and click the Sound button then mark the Play Windows Startup sound checkbox, which is under the Sounds tab.

Click on OK to confirm the settings.

3] Enable the logon sound from the Windows Registry

Please, follow the steps below carefully as they may seem a bit complicated. You will be working with the Registry Editor to change your PC’s Startup sound.

Type in Regedit in the Run dialogue box and click OK.

Go to:




Click ExcludeFromCPL on WindowsLogon.

Next, change the Value data from 1 to .

Hit OK.

4] Customize the Startup sound from Windows Settings

Open Windows Settings and select Personalization > Themes. Click on Sounds and then scroll down to the Program Events list. Find and click on the Windows Logon option then select Browse. Locate your customized .WAV Start sound from File Explorer, Apply the changes and click on OK.

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Change the startup sound using free tool

The complexity involved in the method above is a path not everyone is willing to take. However, with a third-party tool like Startup Sound Changer, you can go about this easily. If you decide to use Startup Sound Changer, follow the steps below.

Go to its official site and download and install the application. Launch the app and select the Replace button from the options presented. Find your desired sound with the Windows Explorer and select it.

Note: Windows Startup sound can only be in the .WAV audio format.

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Секреты управления звуком в Windows 10

Windows 10 включает в себя множество инструментов, позволяющих настроить звук в соответствии с требованиями пользователя. Времена, когда был доступен только уровень громкости, давно прошли – сегодня вы можете подобрать одни параметры для динамиков и для наушников или задать отдельные параметры для каждой программы воспроизведения музыки так, чтобы качество воспроизводимого материала была как можно выше.

Самый быстрый способ, чтобы добраться до настроек звука, – использовать значок динамика в системном трее. После его нажатия левой кнопкой мыши, появляется ползунок регулировки усиления.

Если в системе установлено несколько устройств воспроизведения, в верхней части видна стрелка, которая раскрывает их список – просто выберите нужное. Щелкните значок динамика в появившемся окне для отключения звука.

Большую свободу дает системный микшер звука. Чтобы его использовать, щелкните правой кнопкой мыши на значок динамика в системном трее и выберите Открыть микшер громкости.

С помощью видимых здесь ползунков, вы можете регулировать отдельно усиление звука для системы и каждого запущенного приложения, использующего звук. Воспроизведение звука через отдельные программы можно выключать. Первый слева ползунок управляет максимальным уровнем громкости устройства, используемого в данный момент.

Откройте контекстное меню громкости в трее и выберите Устройства воспроизведения. На портативных устройствах и ноутбуках здесь будет, как правило, одно устройство воспроизведения звука, но в случае настольных компьютеров, их много. Это, например, внешние колонки, наушники или динамики, которыми оснащен монитор.

Вы можете выбрать то, которое предлагает лучшее качество звука, или то, с которым вы работаете чаще всего. Для того, чтобы установить по умолчанию устройство воспроизведения, щелкните на соответствующей записи правой кнопкой мыши и выберите пункт Использовать устройство связи по умолчанию. Стоит его предварительно проверить с помощью команды Проверка.

Если вы используете многоканальную систему звука, вы можете настроить её. Выберите устройство воспроизведения и нажмите кнопку Настроить. Выберите в списке расположение динамиков, которые вы используете, и начните тест, нажав Тестировать. Таким образом Вы убедитесь, что все динамики работают правильно. Вы также можете нажимать значки динамиков на рисунке.

Удаляя выделения из полей в списке Дополнительные динамики, Вы подберете комплект к своей конфигурации. В следующем окне конфигуратора выберите, какая пара динамиков воспроизводит полный диапазон частот. В конце подтвердите настройки кнопкой Готово.

После настройки параметров устройства (раздел «Свойства») на вкладке Уровни отрегулируйте баланс отдельных пар динамиков. Укажите также их громкость. На вкладке Enhancements доступны различные звуковые эффекты.

Например, это может быть эквалайзер или фильтр приглушающий слова песни в караоке. Список параметров, представленный разработчиками системы, достаточно обширен.

Чем выше битрейт и частота дискретизации звука, тем выше качество музыки. Если оборудование позволяет, вы можете увеличить эти параметры на вкладке Дополнительно.

Если вы хотите использовать формат Dolby Atmos, например, в поддерживающих его наушниках, нажмите на вкладку Пространственный звук. Вы можете выбрать из Формат пространственного звучания опцию Dolby Atmos for Headphones и воспользоваться платным решением, предлагаемым лабораторией Dolby или с бесплатным вариантом, встроенным в систему. В последнем случае используйте Windows Sonic для наушников.

Точно также, как устройства воспроизведения, настраивается оборудование записи, то есть микрофоны – вам нужно только выбрать сначала из списка категорию.

Play the Shutdown Sound in Windows 10

  1. Open Administrative Tools.
  2. Click the Task Scheduler icon.
  3. In the Task Scheduler library, click on the Create Task… link on the right.
  4. In Create Task dialog, fill in the Name box some meaningful text like «Play shutdown sound».
  5. Set the options as follows: — Configure for Windows 10. — Run whether user is logged on or not — Run with highest privileges box
  6. Switch to the Triggers tab and click on the New… button.
  7. Set the event for the trigger to On an event.
  8. Select System in the drop down list under Log.
  9. Enter the value 1074 in the Event ID text box.
  10. Switch to the Actions tab and click on the New… button.
  11. In the next dialog, set the action type to Start a program.
  12. In the Program box, specify powershell.exe as the program.
  13. Type the next text into the Add arguments text box:
  14. Switch to the Conditions tab and disable the option Start the task only if the computer is on AC power.
  15. Click on the OK button to create the task.
  16. Type your user account password (or other administrative user account credentials).

You are done!

This newly assigned sound will play when you shut down the device.  For extra sound files, check out the web site. It comes with a large collection of sounds for Windows.

Note: I am using the default shutdown sound file which comes with Windows 10. It is short and nice. You can use any WAV file you want. Just provide the correct path in the task.

This trick also applicable to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

In the comments, please tell if this method works for you or not. Please specify which Windows 10 version and build number you are running, and if you have the Fast Startup feature disabled or enabled.

For When You’re Tired of Windows’s Default Sound

If you’re a type of person who likes to customize every little thing that you possibly could when given a chance, this small but powerful program may just be a great addition to your collection of customization tools. Startup Sound Changer is a personalization app that lets you change your computer’s default startup sound to whatever you would like. It’s a pretty simple program, but it’s a great one to try if you want to fiddle around with your computer’s sounds. 

The Classic Tune

Everyone who is used to operating Windows computers would definitely come to know its classic startup sound by heart. The startup sound is what your computer will be playing whenever it boots up for another session of usage. It’s one of the noises that people will always associate Windows with, most especially because it’s one of the sounds that you can’t ever customize. By default, Windows allows you to personalize the look of your operating system, including your wallpaper, screensaver, your sound theme for various commands, and even the look of your mouse. However, Windows doesn’t let you go too far. And if you want to change some other features locked by default, you’ll be needing to turn to third-party apps.

Time for Changes

Startup Sound Changer is one of the third-party apps that allows you to change your computer’s startup sound. Created and developed by, the app pretty much lives up to its name. With it, you can set any audio file as your new startup sound, so it’s what you hear every time you open your PC. There are only three features on this app. Play lets you hear your current startup sound file, so you can check if your changes took place. Replace, on the other hand, lets you change the current sound with a new sound file. However, it needs to be in the WAV format.  Finally, Restore resets your changes allowing you to go back to the default tune. Users, however, need to keep in mind that they need to have the administrator’s permission to make any changes. 

That’s All

Startup Sound Changer is pretty great for a customizer app. Unfortunately, it’s pretty small and singular in its purpose. More, while there’s no need to install it, it doesn’t get any shortcut that you can easily access. So if you want to make any changes again, you have to get the downloaded file to run it. It is also severely lacking in other features. Plus, it only accepts WAV files. You might want to get its updated version, the Winaero Tweaker, instead, as that one has other customization tools alongside it.

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  1. First login to your system with administrator rights, as administrator rights are a must to access registry editor.
  2. On the search/Cortana tab type “Regedit,” hit enter. This will open a window which is registry editor. A registry editor looks like this.
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER.(HKEY_CURRENT_USER contains configuration information for Windows and tools or software specific to the currently logged in user.)
  4. Expand AppEvents.
  5. Expand EventLabels.
  6. Browse for System Exit.
  7. Open ExcludeFromCPL and change the default value(1) to 0.
  8. The value one means that the action is in hide mode from the control panel, changing it to 0 will reverse the action, i.e., we will have the exact sound settings in control panel.
  9. Now open WindowsLogon and change the default value(1) to 0.
  10. Similarly, open WindowsLogoff and change the default value(1) to 0.
  11. Now open sound setting from the rightmost of the taskbar. Now you can see options to change/set logon, logoff and system exit sound.

How to Change the Windows 10 Startup Sound

But there are some things you need to do to ensure your success before you can actually change the Windows 10 startup sound.

Turn off Fast Startup

First, you should do is to turn off fast startup. In order to minimize startup time as much as possible, fast startup also causes Windows 10 to skip the startup sound. If you want to hear your computer’s startup sound at boot, you should turn off fast startup. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Navigate to Power Options .

Step 2: Click Choose what the power buttons do. Then you should click Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Step 3: At the bottom of the window and you will see Turn on fast startup (recommended). Just uncheck the box to turn off Fast Startup Windows 10. Then click Save changes.

Tip: If you don’t see the option, it means hibernation is not enabled on your computer. In this case, you need to open Command Prompt and type powercfg / hibernate on. Then press the Enter button. Repeat Step 1 to Step 3 to continue.

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Enable Windows 10 Startup Sound

The second thing you need to do is to make sure that the Windows 10 startup sound is enabled before changing it. To do so, simply:

Step 1: Press the Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings. Click Personalization > Themes.

Step 2: Look for the Sounds button and click it. Under the Sounds tab, locate Play Windows Startup sound and check it. Then click OK to finish it.

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Change the Windows 10 Startup Sound

Now things are getting a bit more complicated. Windows allows you to enable default startup sound, but you can only use Registry Editor to change it. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the Run dialogue box and type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/AppEvents/EventLabels. Locate WindowsLogon.

Step 3: Then click ExcludeFromCPL on WindowsLogon.

Step 4: Change the Value data from 1 to .

Now it is time to change default Windows 10 Startup Sound.

Note: You can use .wav files only. Other formats are not supported.

Step 5: Go to Windows Settings again and open Personalization > Themes.

Step 6: Click Sounds and scroll down the Program Events list. Locate the Windows Logon option, and click it. Then select Browse.

Step 7: Select the new file from the Windows Explorer window and click Apply, then click OK.

Why Windows 10 doesn’t play the shutdown sound

In Windows 10, Microsoft focused on making Windows boot and shut down faster. Developers of the OS had completely removed the sounds which play at logon, log off and shutdown. Even if you assign sounds to the events for ‘Exit Windows’, ‘Windows Logon’ and ‘Windows Logoff’ or try to restore these events using the Registry, they will not play. There is the official statement from Microsoft which explains the situation.

«We removed these sound events for performance reasons. We pay a lot of attention to how quickly the machine powers on, powers off, goes to sleep, resumes from sleep, etc.  As part of speeding this up, we experiment a lot with what process is in control of the startup and shutdown sounds. In an interim build of Windows 8 while it was under development, we were able to speed things up considerably by moving the shutdown sound from Explorer.exe (which is running while you’re still logged on) to Logonui.exe (which is the process that shows the «Shutting down» circle.)

However moving the shutdown sound this late started running into other problems. The code we use to play the sound (the PlaySound API) needs to read from the registry (to see what the preferences for this sound were) and from the disk (to read the .wav file), and we ran into issues where the sound was unable to play (or got cutoff halfway) because we had shut down the registry or the disk already!  We could have spent time rewriting the API but we decided the safest and most performant thing to do was to eliminate the sound altogether.»

Note: The startup sound remained in Windows 10 but it is disabled by default. You need to enable it manually if required. See the following article:

Additionally, Windows 10 comes with a fast startup/hybrid boot feature. Due to this feature, when you click Shut down, it logs you out and hibernates the kernel and powers off; it doesn’t really exit Windows. When you turn on your Windows 10 device again, it resumes from hibernate and logs in again. This is different from booting after a full shut down.

In a previous article, I’ve covered how to play a sound at logon. See

Here are instructions to revive the Shutdown sound. The solution is to simply use the Windows event log system to play the sound.

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