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How to bring back Windows Startup sound to Windows 10

Windows Startup sound enable or disable
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On Windows 7 and older versions, the system played a sound every time you started the computer, but since Windows 8.x and Windows 10, the chime has not been part of the experience.

However, Microsoft did not remove the option. Instead, it disabled it on new installations. This means that if you are the nostalgic type, you can still enable the Windows Startup sound from the "Sounds" settings.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to enable or disable the option to play the Windows Startup sound on your device.

How to enable legacy startup sound on Windows 10

To enable the startup sound on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab.
  2. Check the Play Windows Startup sound option.

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  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you start the device from a cold boot or restart, you will hear the legacy startup sound on the device when the Lock screen loads.

How to disable legacy startup sound on Windows 10

If you upgraded from an older version of the system that migrated the previous version sound settings, or you enabled the feature manually and no longer want to hear it, you can disable the startup sound manually.

To disable the Windows Startup sound, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Sounds option.

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  1. Click the Sounds tab.
  2. Clear the Play Windows Startup sound option.

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  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will no longer play the legacy sound during startup.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

5 Comments
  • You can't customize the startup/shutdown sounds like you used to be able to though. Or if you can, it's not as obvious as it used to be. Miss that choice.
  • Yeah, I had not noticed that, but you're right. Other than the checkbox the article shows, there's no longer a dedicated entry to change the Windows startup or shutdown sounds like we've had since Windows 3.1 (when "multimedia" PC was a new concept, and I had mine play part of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" at Startup... I think I regret admitting that).
  • I see there are still sounds for Windows Logon and Logoff (note the files called Windows Startup and Shutdown refer to launching and closing individual applications), so I suspect you could just replace "c:\Windows\Media\Windows Logon.wav" with another file with that same name and it would work. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to test that to confirm right now.
  • How to for idiots?
  • Do you really need start up sounds anymore?