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How to Change the Windows 10 Logoff, Logon, and Shutdown Sounds in Windows 10
by
Walter Glenn
on September 29th, 2016

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Before Windows 10 came along, we were free to
change the sounds that played when we shut down,
logged off, or logged on to Windows. For some reason, Microsoft
hid those sound actions from being modified in
Windows 10. Here’s how to get them back.

RELATED:
How to Make Windows Play a Sound When You Press
Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock

Windows has always been pretty good about letting
you customize every nook and cranny of the OS,
including what sounds played for all kinds of different
system events. You can even make Windows
play a sound when you toggle your Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, and Num Lock keys.
While you can still customize what sounds sounds
play for most OS events, Windows 10 hid shut
down, logoff, and logon from view. They’re still around,
though. You just need to make a few mild changes
in the Windows Registry to get them back.

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Add the Actions Back to the Sound Control Panel by Editing the Registry

To add the shutdown, logoff, and logon actions
back to the menu in the Sound Control Panel app,
you just need to make a few little tweaks in the Windows
Registry.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful
tool and misusing it can render your system
unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and
as long as you stick to the instructions, you
shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve
never worked with it before, consider reading about
how to use the Registry Editor
before you get started. And definitely
back up the Registry
(and
your computer!)
before making changes.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and
typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry
Editor and then give it permission to make changes to your
PC.

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In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabels

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You’re going to be making one small change in
each of three different subkeys inside that
EventLabels key. First, we’ll tackle the shutdown sound or, as
Windows likes to call it, System Exit. Under the
EventLabels key on the left side of Registry
Editor, select the SystemExit subkey. On the right side,
double-click the ExcludeFromCPL value.

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Note that by default, the value is 1, meaning
that the action is excluded from the Control
Panel. Change the value to 0 and then click “OK.”

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Next, you’re going to make exactly the same
change in two other subkeys inside the
EventLabels key: WindowsLogoff and WindowsLogon . Head into each of
those folders, open the ExcludeFromCPL value
inside, and change the value from 1 to 0.

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No need to restart Windows. You can go ahead and
test your changes right away. Open up the Sound
Control Panel app by right-clicking the speaker icon in
your Notification Area and selecting “Sounds.”

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You should now see the new actions (Exit Windows,
Windows Logoff, and Windows Logon) available in
the selection window and you can assign whatever sounds
you like to those actions.

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If, for whatever reason, you want to hide those
actions from the Control Panel again, just head
back into Registry Editor and change each of those ExcludeFromCPL
values back to 1.

Download Our One-Click Registry Hacks

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If you don’t feel like diving into the Registry
yourself, we’ve created some registry hacks you
can use. Download and unzip them first. Inside, you’ll
find three folders named “System Exit Sound
Hacks,” “Windows Logon Sound Hacks,” and “Windows
Logoff Sound Hacks.” Inside each of those folders, you’ll
find two hacks: one for adding the action to the
Sounds Control Panel and one for removing the
action again. Double-click the hack you want to use and
click through the prompts. When you’ve applied
the hack you want, the changes will take place
immediately. No need to restart Windows.

Shutdown-Logoff-Logon Sound Hacks

RELATED:
How to Make Your Own Windows Registry Hacks

These hacks are really just the individual
SystemExit, WindowsLogoff, and WindowsLogon
subkeys, stripped down to the ExcludeFromCPL values we talked about
in the previous section and then exported to a
.REG file. Running either of the hacks sets that
value to the appropriate number. And if you enjoy fiddling
with the Registry, it’s worth taking the time to learn
how to make your own Registry hacks.
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Walter Glenn
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