Enable startup sound in Windows 10

Every release of Windows since as far back as I can remember (Windows 3.1) has played a welcome sound at startup. In Windows NT-based systems, there is a startup sound as well as a separate logon sound. But the logon sound event is removed starting with Windows 8. The startup sound still works. Let's see how to enable the startup sound in Windows 10.

Since Windows 8, Microsoft focused on making Windows boot and shut down faster and so they completely removed the sounds which play at logon, log off and shutdown. However, the startup sound remained in the Control Panel but disabled by default. You enable it as described below.

Enable the startup sound in Windows 10

  1. Open the classic Control Panel app.
  2. Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound.Control Panel Hardware and Sound
  3. There click on the Sound icon to open this window:Control Panel Hardware and Sound icon SoundsWindows 10 Sound dialogTip: you can access the same dialog from the context menu of the sound icon in the system tray:Windows 10 Sound dialog access from trayOr from the Settings app:Windows 10 Sound dialog access from Settings

In the Sound dialog, tick the option Play Windows Startup sound and you are done.Windows 10 enable startup soundYou can enable this option using a simple Registry tweak. Do it as follows.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following key:
  3. Here, the 32-bit DWORD value DisableStartupSound can be used to enable or disable the startup sound in Windows 10. Set to 1 to disable the sound (the default behavior) or set its value data to 0 to enable the sound.Windows 10 enable startup sound with a tweak

That's it.

Tip: Find more sounds for Windows 10 here:

Download windows sound shemes

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Windows 3.1, 3.11, Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and 3.11 all used as their Windows startup sound. To start all versions of Windows prior to Windows 95, you would type “win” at the DOS prompt.
    Windows 3.x modified the autoexec.bat during initial setup to include the Windows directory in your MS-DOS search path. Example: path=c:\;c:\windows;c:\dos

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