Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

Bill White <billwhite92701@...>

Hi, Tom. It wouldn't do you any good to call the Microsoft Accessibility line for the System Sounds in the registry. I called them, and they told me that if anyone must do anything to the registry, they refuse to do it, and will tell you that you need to have someone else, like a computer technician, or at least, another sighted person you can get to change the registry personally.

Bill White

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Tom Behler
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2018 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: A question about system sounds in windows 10

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

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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