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Windows 7: Sounds - Custom "Windows Logon" that Speaks What You Like

Sounds - Custom "Windows Logon" that Speaks What You Like

How to Create a Custom Logon Sound that Speaks What You Like
Published by Abhishek Ghosh
05 Oct 2010
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How to Create a Custom Logon Sound that Speaks What You Like

Disclaimer: First of all, thanks to Vipul Taneja of Microsoft India for letting me know about this trick written by Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Thomas.
He described it first and I am writing this tutorial based on it after testing on my PC with some modifications and screenshots.

As of most tutorial written by me, this tutorial also will not need any "extra" software.

What we are going to do?

We will make a VB script and place it in Windows 7 Startup folder. There after, every-time you log in, a voice will greet you after the startup sound (if enabled).



Step 1

Open Notepad. Copy paste the code written below:

Code:
Dim speaks, speech
speaks="Welcome, Abhishek"
Set speech=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
speech.Speak speaks
Now, change my name to yours inside the code. Infact, you can change and place any sentence within the quotation mark in the code. I have tested, it works fine upto 5 words. You can change the spelling, add space, punctuation etc to make it more realistic.

For example, I want to hear my name as "Oh-bhi-shake" ; so I will write there "Oh bhi shake".




Now, Save it as "Greetings.vbs" (without quotes) and as I always say, change the file from text to "all files". Save it to some location, you can remember; say Desktop.



Step 2

Now, we have to place it inside the Windows Startup folder. Click the Start-Button, choose "All Programs" and you will find it as a folder named Startup. Right Click it and choose Open or Explore.



Copy the VBS file you have created and paste there. You must be logged on as Admin. A security prompt will come, just accept it.



Step 3

Just restart the computer and you will hear the voice!

To disable it, just delete the file.

Now, we will go to further details.

Type of voices: In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the default female voice is Anna. In Windows XP and 2000 its Sam.

There is way to change the settings of this default voice in Windows 7 and Vista too.

Click the Start Button, type "narrator" without quotes:



Narrator will open and begin to speak:



Just click the "Voice settings" and you will get this window:



There are third party voices available for installation, I have still not found any way to install other Microsoft voices by any trick.

Additional settings:

You can add some parameters too! For example:

Code:
with speech
Set .voice = .getvoices.item(0)
.Volume = 100
.Rate = 0
end with
Here, volume is defined in percentage. Other commands are:

.Pause = pause speaking

.resume = resume after pause

.Rate = speed of spoken words. The larger number, the faster pitch.

.Voice = If multiple exist on machine, say Sam and Anna are available, you can set any one.

.Volume = Already explained.

.WaitUntilDone = wait until done Voice will wait still all the services loads, i.e. the system is completely ready.

Note   Note
Companies, Schools, Universities can use their custom texts to greet users. For example, A Library PC can be set to say " Welcome to the central library of abc Institute"







05 Oct 2010   #1
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

My wife's birthday is tomorrow so I will modify her laptop later today to wish her a happy birthday when she boots her laptop. It will blow her mine. I already tried the file and it works great.

Thanks,
Jim


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05 Oct 2010   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

In addition...

To test the file before restarting you can just double-click the greetings.vbs file and tweak it untill 100% satisfied. This will save time in unnecessary restarts
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05 Oct 2010   #3
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

great tip!

it might even conceivably be put to some use too!

+rep
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05 Oct 2010   #4
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

This is a pretty cool little trick.

But is there anyway to change the voice so it doesnt sount like a robot from 1987?
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05 Oct 2010   #5
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

@Johnny: Try to play a little with the PITCH settings. It's a computer generated voice that is based on an old Engine from AT&T Labs (IIRC) just like all those Answering machines etc. You will always hear that it's mechanical.
Just remember..if it doesn't sound right you could always change the spelling (like double the vowels or insert an h to stretch a vowel....correct spelling is not an issue here

For XP there were additional voices available...Mary and Mike. I wonder if one could use them in Windows 7 as well

HERE you can try out 10 different voices which don't sound so robotic anymore

Even better: HERE you can try out in different languages/Accents very funny

-DG
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05 Oct 2010   #6
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 
Welcome

Can this be converted to Wav and set in sounds as logon sound in Personalize??
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05 Oct 2010   #7
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

That's pretty cool Abhishek, works great.
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05 Oct 2010   #8
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gaz View Post
Can this be converted to Wav and set in sounds as logon sound in Personalize??
Certain software like TextAloud can save to mp3 or wmp..no idea tho if the trial version can do that too (but if it can...Winamp can convert practically everything to WAV)

If you have a record software you could try and type your text HERE , pick the voice you like and record the result through your soundcard
-DG
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05 Oct 2010   #9
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

@Jim: Thats a nice idea mate

@Orbital Shark: Thanks mate for the addition.

@mickey megabyte : Thank you very much!

@JohnnyScience: Thank you. Additional packages are available for purchase from third party. I am not sure if there is any way to add more voices for free. Also try the way Sledge DG said.

@Sledge DG: Thanks mate.

@gaz: As Sledge has already said.

@ Derek: Thank you very much, my friend
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