How to Change Startup Sound in Windows 10 (Best Methods)

Learn How to Change Startup Sound in Windows 10 and provide a personal touch to your system to make it cooler and impress your friends. Windows 10, the operating system, the newer operating system of Microsoft is in the market from 2015 and packs a whole bunch of new features, multiple language support and windows applications which are more efficient hence less on resources.


Windows 10 is the lightest operating system ever came in name of Windows. Being said that windows ten did remove some minor features(which are present in earlier versions of windows) and one of them is the logoff, log on, and exit sound settings. Moreover one can also check and verify their graphic card, for a better and smooth running performance.

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I have seen questions asking why any company removes an existing feature, well to that I have a simple answer, companies have analysts(business, data, product, etc.), they analyze how users are using a feature.

Is a feature unnecessarily being used? Or, if it is even used often? They ask users, using surveys, by going through forum discussion, YouTube comments, tweets, Facebook posts, articles, magazines and a lot of stuff.

windows 10 personalisation
windows 10 personalisation

Then after they decide whether do they need the feature in question or not. Since this is not what actually we are looking for, let us come back to our main topic which is how we can change Startup sound in Windows 10.

Before Changing Startup Sound on Windows 10

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
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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How to Change Startup Sound on Windows 10

There are three ways you can change startup sound in Windows 10 and you can find them below. Make sure to try each one of them to see which one works for you.

Method 1

  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."<yoastmark
  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.

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Method 2

So, if you’re thinking about change startup sound on Windows 10 in some other ways, this method can also be followed,

  1. Go into the control panel or settings in Windows 10, select Personalisations, and then move on to themes.
  2. From the themes menu you’ve opened, select the sounds option. You can now change your sound settings however you want it to be using this settings box.  
  3. This process can be even faster if you search for “Change System Sounds” in the Windows search box and choose change system sounds from whatever Windows brings back through search.
  4. To move on, go into the sounds section and then the Program Events area for Windows Logon procedures(If this isn’t appearing on your PC, you need to follow the instructions above and use Windows Registry Editor to activate sounds for Windows Startup).
  5. If you want to check what startup sound your Windows has now, tap on the Test button. After that, choose any other sound you would like to set as the default sound from the sounds drop-down section.
change startup sound
Change Startup Sound
  1. Save the changed settings for now. Remember to keep testing your sound by pressing the test button to see how you feel about the new startup sound.
sound settings
Sound Settings

Using this method, you could modify Windows Shutdown sounds and select a preset available on your PC from the drop-down list in the Program Events window by getting into Windows logon.

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Method 3

Another way you can do this is by using .wav files. You can use an existing .wav file or create one and add it to the list of presets available on Windows. This is pretty simple to accomplish, and you can easily do it by using online converters or offline converters, which can be found plentiful online. It’s obvious what to do next. But it isn’t for some reason. That’s how Windows is sometimes. 

startup sound changer
Startup Sound Changer

For this, you need to download a software called Startup Sound Changer, open up the software and click on Replace. Then browse your PC for where you saved the wav file, select it and simply insert your audio file. There you have it! Now you can enjoy different kinds of startup sounds.

Download: Startup Sound Changer

Still Struggling to Change Startup Sound Windows on 10?

After doing all of the above steps, are you still getting the default startup sounds? This usually happens because the audio file you used is over six seconds in length. You need to trim it and edit it down to a crisp four or six seconds for it to work properly. Attempt the procedure again after doing so; if it still persists, you can do one more thing. Take your audio file again and trim it and edit it down to four seconds. You could use online audio editors and offline editors that can be found online in many numbers. It’s also important to note that the shutdown audios also have these same restrictions in duration cases. 


This concludes our article. Hope you understood how you could Change Startup Sound in windows 10. If you are encountering any issue during the whole procedure, you can comment in the comment section.

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  1. Hey Kaushal,

    I followed your steps to change the login sounds for my son’s laptop (bought around August 2019, windows 10), and nothing seemed to work:
    – On the sounds panel, the ‘play startup sounds’ box is checked, but only plays sounds when it is reset, not when it is booted up.
    – I did get the options to change the Windows Login on the sounds change, and when I tested it, it played the correct .wav file, but there’s no sound when booted up. And the sound that plays when the computer is reset is not the same as the .wav file.

    In effect, it looks like it should have changed, but nothing did.
    Any ideas?

    Thanks so much,

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