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Windows 7: Sounds - Change

12 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Thanks for pointing that out, entropy1963.

In addition to exporting the key mentioned above in my previous post, you should also export the following key:


Alternatively, simply export the full key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\Schemes to get it all in one file.

If you want a specific theme, then you can use the information in my earlier post and save the data for that specific theme. You would then also need to export the following key:


Where <SoundSchemeName> is again the name of the scheme.

Here are a couple of other keys that you should also save the data for.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\MuiCache\290\52C64B7E]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\MuiCache\290\52C64B7E]
Where XX is a numerical value dependant on the scheme. For example, the scheme No Sounds is represented by 01. If it is an existing scheme, you will need to check the registry for the value of XX. For schemes that you create yourself, XX can take a value from 23 - 99, although you should generally start with the next available which will initially be 23.

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12 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

This combines the information in my previous posts.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Ding.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Logon Sound.wav"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\Critical Battery Alarm\<SoundSchemeName>]
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Battery Critical.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Hardware Insert.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Hardware Remove.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Hardware Fail.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Notify.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Battery Low.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Notify.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Print complete.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Error.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Exclamation.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Shutdown.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Critical Stop.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Balloon.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Logoff Sound.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Logon Sound.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows User Account Control.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Pop-up Blocked.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Recycle.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Windows Ringin.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Feed Discovered.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Navigation Start.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\<SoundSchemeName>\\Windows Information Bar.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech Disambiguation.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech Off.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech On.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech Sleep.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech Misrecognition.wav"
@="C:\\Windows\\Media\\Speech Disambiguation.wav"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Local Settings\MuiCache\290\52C64B7E]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\MuiCache\290\52C64B7E]
For more information, please refer to my earlier posts.
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29 May 2011   #12

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

OPTION TWO added to tutorial to show how to change sound events in Registy Editor. :)
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17 Aug 2011   #13

Dual booting: Ubuntu 10.10 & Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Ahh, wonderful thank you, I have been looking for this. :)
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17 Aug 2011   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Luis. Thank you. :)
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20 Oct 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium
Changing sounds not working

I've tried everything listed on this forum to change my sounds, but it's not working.

I have downloaded custom sounds, unblocked them, and even tried going into regedit to change the event sounds on my laptop, but nothing is happening. When I try to test the sounds, it's silent. With the normal windows sounds it works just fine, but not my custom sounds.

Is there a specific size or any other thing I'm missing here?
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20 Oct 2011   #16

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Dragonfly, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may be something with how the .wav file that you downloaded was created or encoded as to why it's not working. I don't know the specifics, but you may not be able to use them.
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22 Oct 2011   #17

Windows 7 H.Premium

When I originally posted in this forum, I had inadvertently set the playback in Sounds> Playback devices> Speakers> Advanced> Default format> bit-rate to 24-bit 48,000. As such, the .wav files I was trying to play were not formatted for such a high bit-rate/frequency. When I went back to 24-bit, 44,100, the sound scheme played fine.
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25 Oct 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Is there a way to change the initial windows 7 sound. That default tune windows 7 plays when you are at the ctrl+alt+del screen just before you enter your password?

I have changed the sound theme's already but want to get rid or change that default tune.
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25 Oct 2011   #19

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello xsile,

If you mean the startup sound, then the tutorial below can help show you how to. :)

Startup Sound - Change in Windows 7
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