Startup Sound Changer

As you may know Windows 7 and Windows Vista does not allow its users to change startup sound. Since Windows Vista it was hardcoded in system libraries. Startup Sound Changer is the free portable application which can change startup sound both in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.


With Startup Sound Changer you can set a *.wav file as startup sound, play current startup sound and [sure] restore default sound.Please note following:
  • You can find your default sound right after application's start in c:\ProgramData\StartupSoundChanger\default.wav
  • You need administrator's rights to successfully run Startup Sound Changer. It will not work under limited account



This app has been superseded by Winaero Tweaker and is no longer being maintained. Use the following options from Winaero Tweaker:

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Comments

  1. EarHackerDem
    12 Oct 11

    Lo mejor

  2. Sergey
    14 Oct 11

    EarHackerDem, THANKS!

  3. Rajesh
    23 Oct 11

    Hey awesome software .... special thanks for the creator

  4. Gus33
    07 Dec 11

    Thank you very much: I was very unhappy with the default Win 7 sound and the impossiblity to listen to my preferred theme.
    Now thanks to you I can !
    AC Rome Italy

  5. Doctorderm
    11 Dec 11

    Amazing! So easy. Worked great. Before this program I had spent so much time online looking for a way to get my favorite startup sound on Windows 7. Many thanks.

  6. Anonymous
    22 Jan 12

    I'll give this a go. Though I still like going the manual-editing route.

  7. delosduran
    26 Feb 12

    Many , Many Thanks. Work Great.

  8. Sergey
    26 Feb 12

    You are welcome. Enjoy

  9. Anonymous
    25 Mar 12

    Thank you very much

    So happy to have

    "What is thy bidding, my master?"

    Back

  10. taku
    05 Apr 12

    Good job

  11. Sergey
    05 Apr 12

    Thanks.
    I plan to update it to support Windows 8

  12. CruzCommodore
    10 Apr 12

    Excellent. Thank you!

  13. Sergey
    10 Apr 12

    You are welcome

  14. Anonymous
    29 Jul 12

    Works Great, Great Work

    Thanks

  15. Peter (UK)
    11 Aug 12

    Thanks for this great tool. I made a donation in gratitude immediately.
    I have followed some rather tortuous paths to modify the required file in the System 32 folder, concluding with using the command prompt after booting from the Windows 7 installation disk.
    Although the instructions I followed were beautifully clear and sequential, it was all to no avail, and I failed to install the startup sound I wanted. After spending a lot of time on this, I came across your website. Despite my reservations about downloading such software from a source I didn't know I went ahead, and was immensely pleased by the result.
    I couldn't believe how simple and fast the tool was to use. For anyone reading this who is going to try Startup Sound Changer, don't forget to go to Change System Sounds via the Control Panel and make sure that the 'Play Windows Startup sound' is checked, otherwise the wav. file you have selected will not play. An obvious point, but I hadn't realised that I had left the box unchecked the first time I tried it.
    Thanks again for this great little tool.

  16. shadowboy1398
    31 Aug 12

    Can you make one for Windows 8? I tried this on Windows 8 and I ended up having to reinstall it because nothing looked right.

  17. Sergey
    31 Aug 12

    Win8 calculates checksum for shell32.dll
    I can't help :(

  18. Shanks
    11 Sep 12

    Awesome !!!!!
    thanks for the software,, so easy to use,,
    i wonder, how to change sound when shutdown,,???

  19. Sergey
    11 Sep 12

    It can be done via control panel - sounds

  20. blue dragon 98
    28 Oct 12

    is it safe to use on my pc?

  21. Guest Star
    23 Nov 12

    attention windows8 ui crash - do not use this tool with windows 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Timmy
    23 Nov 12

    Guest Star, you are moron.
    That was written just above your useless comment.
    Thanks for the tool, hb. Works perfectly with my Windows 7

  23. Aversio
    07 Dec 12

    hi, I used it in win8 and it worked only once.. played my sound in start up as I wanted, but then crashed whole system, and I had to restore default settings and loosed all aps, software and games instaled (only files was unaffected - movies, music, documents) .. is another way how could I change win start up sound without crashing system? please send answers to: m.loucican@gmail.com ... Thanx

  24. BobbyW
    29 Dec 12

    AWESOME doesn't begin to describe this gem!

    Thanks!!!

  25. Gwizz
    29 Dec 12

    Windows 7 32bit

    This works great & is simple to use. After checking many other threads beforehand - this was the only one which worked 100% - and did exactly what I wanted. Thanks!

  26. gottwald
    05 Jan 13

    Holy Sh**!
    This really works!!
    no more lousy default win7 startup noise..
    just awesome SCII soundFX!!

    and I thought I'll have to follow those very complex steps on other forums..
    I did it in a matter of 3 CLICKS!!

    Thanks a lot to the creator! pure Genius!! Genius I say! haha

  27. Hp93
    05 Jan 13

    Thanks a lot. This works for windows 8 64 bit.

  28. Klatuu
    18 Jan 13

    This works great on my 32-bit Win 7 PC, but it can't change the sound on my 64-bit Win 7 PC. I've personally changed the sound by hacking the DLL file on an older XP machine and copying it over to Win 7 (via a Linux boot since the file is system protected), but I can't get your program to change it. Could it be because I already hacked the original file? Any ideas appreciated. Thanks

  29. irvson
    23 Jan 13

    It works! And, as one of the other comments here reminded me, be certain that "Play Windows Startup sound" is checked in the system sound manager. (Donation done!) Thanks!!

  30. d
    18 Apr 13

    ok

  31. RAC
    20 Jun 13

    Hello, does it work on windows 8? Is there any w8 version?

  32. Sergey
    20 Jun 13

    Hi, I am sorry but no way to do this trick for Windows 8.

  33. Radhakrishnan K
    04 Aug 13

    I have followed some rather tortuous paths to modify the required file in the System 32 folder, concluding with using the command prompt after booting from the Windows 7 installation disk.
    Although the instructions I followed were beautifully clear and sequential, it was all to no avail, and I failed to install the startup sound I wanted. After spending a lot of time on this, I came across your website. Despite my reservations about downloading such software from a source I didn't know I went ahead, and was immensely pleased by the result.
    I couldn't believe how simple and fast the tool was to use. For anyone reading this who is going to try Startup Sound Changer, don't forget to go to Change System Sounds via the Control Panel and make sure that the 'Play Windows Startup sound' is checked, otherwise the wav. file you have selected will not play. An obvious point, but I hadn't realised that I had left the box unchecked the first time I tried it.
    Thanks again for this great little tool.

  34. orinoco1973
    04 Oct 13

    Brilliant thank you

  35. nandoflavored
    01 Nov 13

    After running this program once on Win7 x64 it has broken the control panel and most system icons in explorer.exe. I've reversed the sound change, reset the Icon database, rebooted, system restored, and nothing! I can't get rid of this problem. I'm confident it was this program alone because it was the first thing I ran on a clean install. Really need help now.

  36. TsVk!
    05 Dec 13

    Thanks Sergey, nice little code. Having great fun messing with my users with this.... Good job.

  37. Hozer
    26 Dec 13

    Need W8 version

  38. Sergey
    26 Dec 13

    Not possible

  39. somanna
    13 Jan 14

    when i try to open this program a message pops up saying"file system error 655535". what shall i do?

  40. Sergey
    14 Jan 14

    I have no idea which OS you use.

  41. LOGANATHAN
    01 Apr 14

    THANKS BRO.....
    BUT HOW TO CHANGE SHUTDOWN SOUND ? ........

  42. Anonymous
    22 May 14

    Thank you!!! Works like a charm!

  43. YorkieMan
    22 Jul 14

    I open the file as Run as Admin and all I get is "Failed to SeRestorePrivalage" running on x64 Win7. Please advise

  44. Sergey
    22 Jul 14

    Try to run this as Administrator

  45. Phil
    15 Nov 14

    super userful tool! i can change startup sound! thanks!

  46. leminhhao
    14 Dec 14

    it's amazing! big-special thanks for the creator.!amazed

  47. Ariq
    13 Mar 15

    Working, but only on headphone. No sound on built-in speaker. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!sad

  48. -None-
    09 Apr 15

    it just plain out doesn't work for me. i was wondering if there was a limit to the length of the file that can be used. I know it has to be in Wave format and it is but it just does that windows error whenever I try to change it. Could someone tell me what i am doing wrong. I have Windows 7 (home premium if it helps) I run it as admin, I use all of the instructions but it still doesn't turn into the new sound that I give it and so I have kept it normal otherwise the startup gets a bit glitchy. HELP PLEASE!


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