Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10


as my friend tried with his Windows 10 system, the reg hack doesn't play
the sound at shutdown, even though the Exit Windows event is revealed in
the system sound event list. oh well.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Tom Behler []
Sent: Sat, Nov 24, 2018 2:02 PM EST
Subject: A question about system sounds in windows 10

Thanks, Richard, although I'm reluctant to start messing around in the

I think that, if I really find that I just can't live without the
shut-down sound, my best bet would be to call the Microsoft
Accessibility hotline.

Why microsoft decided to hide those very basic sound controls is beyond
me; but it is what it is, as they say.

Tom Behler

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

I found a nice detailed article on how to do this in the registry, which
does bring the options back to the control panel sounds scheme, but it
had no impact on my system. I selected sounds for exit Windows, Windows
logon and Windows logoff and no sound plays. I tried it both with Fast
startup on and with it off.
But, if you want to try it out, it is rather easy.
Here is the complete text with the link to the page:
The following was copied from the How To Geek page:

How to Change the Windows 10 Logoff, Logon, and Shutdown Sounds in
Windows 10 Walter Glenn @wjglenn September 29, 2016, 11:23am EDT
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.
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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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

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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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

Very interesting, Sieghard.

I guess I can live without the shutdown sound, and figure out other ways
to determine whether my computer has indeed shut down.

Tom Behler

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 11:40 AM
Subject: Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

That has been discussed a few times on the list. There is no simple
checkbox to turn on the shutdown sound, you have to create an elevated
task using the Task Manager to do this. I did quite a long time ago and
it was not very reliable, but since the 1809 update which I happened to
get in early October before it was pulled, the shutdown sound is I think
consistent on my laptop. I should say that I did not bother to do this
on my work desktops. As was mentioned in previous discussions, hearing
the shutdown sound is not a 100% guaranty the computer has in fact shut
down. I had it a few times when I thought I shut down my laptop in the
morning only to find when I cam ehome at night that it was not shut down
because something had blocked the shutdown, the sound played, but then
the computer didn't shut down.
I believe there is also a way to do this in the registry with one of
these registry hacks one can download.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

And, if anyone knows how to turn on a sound when your computer shuts
down, that would be appreciated.

I found the startup sound, but can't find the shut-down sound.

Right now, I don't have a good way to tell that my new Windows 10
computer has completely shut down.

Tom Behler

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 3:14 AM
To: main <>
Subject: A question about system sounds in windows 10

Hi all,

On my new windows 10 laptop, I would like to set up a few system sounds
associated with certain events. For example, under windows 7, I used to
hear a ding when my cursor encountered the top or bottom of the current
window. Also, I used to hear a sound when a download completed. Although
I've found the system sounds in settings and reviewed the list of
program events, I can't figure out how to set these sounds. Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.




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