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Windows 7: Startup Sound - Change in Windows 7

06 May 2011   #40
kamoteprotocol

windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

can i manually copy and replace the dll file?


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06 May 2011   #41
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

As I know no, but wait for the pros to answer if you want.
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06 May 2011   #42
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kamoteprotocol View Post
can i manually copy and replace the dll file?
Hello Kamoteprotocol,

Normally that would be ideal, but since the imageres.dll file is in use when Windows 7 is running, you will not be able to do replace it (copy and paste) while in Windows 7. It will have to be replaced at boot as outlined in the tutorial.
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16 May 2011   #43
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Good Find! Shawn I've been looking for a way to change the default Startup wav to something for some time now! Another good one from your direction!

I can imagine if you grew tired of the new wav sound you selected you could also change to another new one in order to have some diversity. That would also be an option if you don't feel comfortable trying to use the method provided for restoring the original sound you simply opt to have a variety with an occasion change.
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16 May 2011   #44
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That is definitely possible, and a good idea. Once you go through the tutorial once, all you would have to do is replace the wav file used with another that has the exact same name to avoid having to do the whole tutorial over again.

I added this as a TIP box in the tutorial.
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17 May 2011   #45
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I can give that a test easy enough having a large collection of wav files(hundreds) I gathered up over several years. In fact I can try both options out by simply not renaming any to repeat the steps as another test for changing from one to the next. File renaming however is even easier being done in one step.

The steps are easy enough to follow. Wave, 5080, 1033, and select the next wav once you have followed the steps here a few times. Steps #15 through #24 would only be needed once since the imageres.dll file was backed up on the first run. Step #14 would be optional simply to check the integrity of the next wave before applied.

Another thing I can recommend is backing up any or all of the files found in the "C:\Windows\Media" folder itself before any renaming is seen with any of them. That will allow you to preserve the originals of each as well as providing another location for file renaming to be seen.

Thank's for adding the tip in isnce should be a help. I still want to test each methd out here however to see which will work out the best.

Update:

To answer kamoteprotocol's question as well as looking at alternate methods of replacing the original or new version of the imageres.dll file I ran some tests. kamoteprotocol had asked:

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can i manually copy and replace the dll file?
The answer to that is yes! One test was seen when going to move the original file from the System32 folder when a full system image was restored to a second drive. While booted from the host drive you manually browse the imaged drive with Windows Explorer to the folder in order to take ownership over the original as the first step.

Once the original was moved to a safe location the new version was copied over from the host drive into the System32 folder followed by a full restart where the second drive was then selected from the boot device menu. New sound heard!

Once you have first saved the new file from the file menu as instructed in the guide here to the desktop it may work if you are presently dual booting 7 with the previous version Vista but might run into problems with trying to swap the files out if that is a dual boot with XP mainly due to the newer version of Windows problem. Windows 7 and Vista are closer compatibility wise.

If you are not dual booting but have more then two internal hard drives another tip which can be helpful when using the DiskPart tool would be first using the select disk # command prior to the select volume # command before typing exit at the command window. That will help insure you have the correct 7 primary selected to avoid any errors.
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28 May 2011   #46
grazeanhammer

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi,

wondered if someone could help? Followed the tutorial to get a classic UB40 tune start up sound. The only problem is that i still get the anoying window start up sound as well. This interupts my chosen sound and sounds at different times.

Can anyone advise how to get rid of?

Thanks
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28 May 2011   #47
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Graceanhammer, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check to see if your Windows Logon sound may be what you are hearing. If so, set it to nothing to not here it anymore.

Sounds - Change

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 May 2011   #48
grazeanhammer

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks shawn,

I have already checked this and set all to none, however, in my c:\system32\windows i have an imageres file that when put into reshacker and expanded to allow the play wave plays that annoying sound.

Does this mean i follows your tutorial wrong or what?

as i say i get the tune i wanted but also still get the windows start up.

thanks in advance
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29 May 2011   #49
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Grazeanhammer,

Yeah, it sounds like a mistake may have been made somewhere if your C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll file still has the default startup sound playing in it. Double check through OPTION ONE again to make sure that you have done all steps and each step in it exactly to see if you notice any mistake that may have been made.
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