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Beginner Geek: Customize or Disable Sound Events in Windows 7 or Vista

If you’re looking for a way to customize your system with more than wallpapers and icons, another thing you can do is customize sounds for different Windows 7 events. Here we look at customizing sounds or completely turning them off.

Here we take a look at customizing or disabling sound events in Windows 7, if you’re an Ubuntu user you can check out how to disable Login sounds in Ubuntu.

Change Windows 7 Sounds

Right-click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and select Sounds.

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This opens the window where you can go through and change sounds for different Windows events. Scroll to the event you want to change the sound for…

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Then select from a list of included WAV files you want to try out for the event.

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Then click on the Test button to preview how it will sound. If you’re happy with it click OK. You can Browse for other sounds as well that you might have downloaded or created. Keep in mind that for best results use a WAV file.

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Here we selected the Windows Logon event and selected Chimes.wav for it.

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Also, keep in mind that when you change Windows 7 Themes it will also change the sounds associated with it.

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If you want to create your own custom sounds, a cool program is iFX Seven Sound Creator (link below). It’s a free tool that will allow you to create you’re own custom sounds from your own music or sound file collection. It also lets you find free sound samples from sites like The Freesound Project and create your own with the Open Source program Audacity. 

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Disable Logon Sound

You might not be interested in customizing sounds, in fact  you want to turn them off. To turn off the Windows Startup Sound just uncheck the box Play Windows Startup sound…then click OK.

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If you don’t want an event to make a sound, just choose the event and select None from the Sounds menu. You can pick and choose what you do or don’t want to play a sound.

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For example here we turned off the sound when connecting a USB drive or other hardware devices.

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Or if you don’t want any sounds at all, select No Sounds from the Sound Scheme dropdown list.

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This process is essentially the same in XP and Vista too. The Vista and Windows 7 startup sounds aren’t so bad, but the XP startup noise can be very annoying especially if you’re in class or a meeting.

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For more…The Geek has a great article on how to turn off Windows Explorer click sounds in Windows 7 and Vista.

Customizing the sounds of different events in Windows 7 is another way to make the OS uniquely yours. Also, if you’re annoyed by Windows sounds, you can disable them easily as well.

Download iFX Seven Sound Creator

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  • Published 07/21/10

Comments (5)

  1. nakul

    i wanted to change windows 7 startup sound to something else and i was surprised that i cannot do that. looked it up google and couple of forums had posts with modifying dll files to change the startup sound. i dont know why they removed the feature of customizing startup sound.
    P.S. – I wanted to change the startup sound of windows 7 to windows 95 startup sound for a while, i liked that sound a lot

  2. Al

    Anybody know how to disable the sound you get from pressing a key when the screen is locked? The system sounds are set to none.

  3. thor

    There is a way to remove, all sound file in win7. Install unlocker and remove all the .wav files.

  4. Jessica

    dear nakul i think that your file isn’t support to windows seven sound option you must convert your file to .wav format then you can use your favorites musics or sounds to it if this way not work’s you have to search worng system file and repit it. tanx.

  5. Ed

    I want absolutely no sounds ever.
    I have “No Sounds” selected and un-checked “Play Windows startup sound”.
    But I still get the woosh-pop sound when I log on.
    Any ideas why that might be?
    I am using Windows 7 x64 on a compaq laptop.

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