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Windows 7: How to change Windows 7 startup sound

26 Aug 2009   #1

Dule Boot Windows XP (x32) Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
How to change Windows 7 startup sound


Startup Sound - Change in Windows 7 an audio file of your choice and make sure you convert it to a wave file not just wav
2.rename it 5080 if you are uesing english version of windows 7 united statse language,so your audio
3.copy (imageres.dll) file you will find this c/windows/system32 and save to desktop allso make a
copy of it and put it in a safe place just incace things dont go right for you. XN resource Editor Open the imageres.dll file in XN resource editor that you have saved
to your desktop find the folder that reads wave and expand it below it is a file named 5080 expand
that and right click delete resorse on the file named English (United States) resourse in XN Resourse Editor then select import ueser resourse find your file
we made named 5080 and save and then exit now replace the imageres.dll file that you have made
into c/windows/system32 and your good to go reboot enjoy. i have tryed other ways and they
didnt work for me i just played around with things and this is what worked for me
i was able to use a 3.6 MB file but as i said earlyer i dont know how big the audio file can be . and also make sure you uncheck the Play Windows start up sound before you try to change it ....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Aug 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Thanks for the tip!!

Welcome to SevenForums! +rep
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro, x64

That doesn't work. When trying to save it, I get a code 50, the request is not supported error.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Here is tutorial a little neater I think

Startup Sound - Change in Windows 7

Change startup sound in windows 7
How to Change Start up sound in Windows 7 This assumes you are using American English versuion of W-7 Language type 1033
All Windows 7 allows is for you check or un-check play start up sound in Windows 7 you have to do the following to change the default sound of your choice

1) Use the following beta program Reshacker from
Download Resource Hacker Beta / - Analyze, change, add, erase or extract resources in EXE and DLL files - Softpedia

2) Locate the file "imageres.dll" in C:\ Windows\System32 folder. For instance, C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. Copy that file into a different location, i.e. your desktop.

3) Download ResHacker .

4) Open ResHacker. Open the imageres.dll file in ResHacker.

5) Find the folder that reads "WAVE" and expand everything below that.

6) Right click 1033 (this could have a different name depending on your locale), and click Replace Resource. Click "Open file with new resource", and find the wave file you want to replace it with. Once you're done, in Resource Type, type "WAVE", in Resource Name type "5080", and under Resource Language type "1033" (or whatever number you have). Once done, click Replace.

7) Click File, then click Save. Now you can copy this file to Vista's System32 folder.

Keep the imageres_original.dll file ResHack left behind in case you want to revert back to the original sound.

8) For Windows 7 go back to C:\Windows\System32 directory rename the imageres.dll to Imageres.old then copy and paste the new hacked Imageres.dll into C:\windows\system32 directory

Now I used this reshacker instead as I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I also downloaded the 'Take Ownership' file from our forums here - Take Ownership Shortcut

I then took ownership of the imageres.dll in System32 folder, so I could change the extension to .old
That way I was able to copy the new imageres.dll file into that folder.

This worked perfectly for me then
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

thanks and welcome :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

Hi, Anyone getting error codes when trying to change/replace the imageres.dll file in ResHacker or XN ResEditor, should try the following:

If you have access to a Win XP computer then use that to make the changes to your Win 7 imageres.dll,(in safe mode) transferring it from/to pcs using a usb stick. Once you've replaced the sound with the one you want on the XP machine, boot up your Win 7 pc using an Ubuntu live cd and replace the altered dll into the windows system 32 folder. This worked for me.
Best to use ResHacker to make the changes, I found XN resEditor did not work in Win 7 or XP
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jul 2010   #7

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

Maybe because I've only had two cups of coffee, so far, but I'm lost.
Why is changing a sound so difficult on W-7 when it's so ridiculously easy on XP?

I've used the same startup sound on every computer of mine for the last ten years.
It's a wave file (.wav) that originally came from a Windows (something) install CD.
It's beautiful and goes great with wallpapers of mountains, lakes, seascapes, etc.

I guess I'm going to have to reboot into Windows 7 and see what all the fuss is about.


OK, it's already later and I see in the \Windows\Media folder there is a file "Windows Startup.wav" , but that's not what windows plays when booting up. ???

In the Sounds section of the control panel, there is NO Windows Startup sound to select. Is that another one of those Windows 7 better ideas?
Why did they have to screw around with something that's worked so good for so long?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jul 2010   #8

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike89 View Post
That doesn't work. When trying to save it, I get a code 50, the request is not supported error.
Likewise.....I wonder if it's because my version of Win-7 is 64 bit.
I was totally unable to get that file changed with my own music file in it.

Now going to try the alternate Hacker program for the 64 bit.....

Later: I finally got it using the second Resource Hacker program. But even then it was not smooth sailing. I don't think I'll be doing that exercise again, any time soon.

Thanks for all the help.
The Doctor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I too use Windows 7 x64 and had no troubles following the tutorial I posted, and just download the proper Resource Hacker program.

The 'Take Ownership' link in my post above will help with being able to change/replace the file.

Its not too bad, but yes I don't want to change it too often.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jul 2010   #10

Windows XP-Pro-SP3, Windows 7

Since I may have to reinstall Windows 7 someday, I'm going to archive that imagesres.dll file for future use.

I found it much easier to replace that file, when running Windows XP and accessing the Win-7 drive through Windows Explorer.

Thanks for the tutorial and the Resource hacker program. I'm sure I'll find uses for that later on.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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