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Change Windows 7 Startup Sound?

    Question

  • Has anyone found a foolproof way to change the Windows startup sound (imageres.dll)? I've tried a few methods and none of them let me complete the processs, even in Safe Mode.
    Friday, November 27, 2009 3:01 PM

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  • Hi all,

    This cracked method is not support by Microsoft. Please fully backup your computer before modifying it. An incorrect modification may cause computer crash.

    Thanks.

    • Marked as answer by Robinson Zhang Monday, December 07, 2009 1:31 AM
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 1:32 AM

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  • HI


    go to control panel < click on hardware and sound < click sound < on newly opened sound window click on sounds tab
    you can change start up sound and can change many more windows sounds of your wish

    hope it helps
    Nikhil
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:10 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Friday, November 27, 2009 3:27 PM
  • Sorry, that doesn't work in Windows 7. The startup sound is separate below that sound chart. It can't be changed unless you can modify the imageres.dll file. So far I can't do it.
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:10 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Friday, November 27, 2009 6:26 PM
  • Oh sorry my apologies..

      OKfollow this
    • select an audio file of your choice and make sure you convert it to a wave file not just wav

    • rename it 5080 if you are using English version of windows 7 united states language,so your audio file should be 5080.wave .(DON'T MAKE YOUR WAVE FILE MORE THEN 330 KB AS I'M NOT SURE HOW BIG IT CAN BE )

    • copy (imageres.dll ) file you will find this c/windows/system32 and save to desktop also make a copy of it and put it in a safe place just in-case things don't go right for you.
    • download XN resource Editor Open the imageres.dll file in XN resource editor that you have saved to your desktop find the folder that reads wave and expand it below it is a file named 5080 expand that and right click delete resource  on the file named English (United States)
    • select resource in XN Resource Editor then select import user resource find your file we made named 5080 and save and then exit now replace the imageres.dll file that you have made into c/windows/system32 and your good to go reboot enjoy. i have tried other ways and they didn't work for me i just played around with things and this is what worked for me
        YOU MUST DO THIS IN SAFE MODE OR IF YOU HAVE A DUAL BOOT USING XP IT WILL MAKE THINGS EASY
        also make sure you un check the Play Windows start up sound before you try to change it ....


    Note: we provide third party links for your convinence it may change without notice Microsoft doesn't give guaranty on provided links.


    Nikhil
    • Proposed as answer by stfix Sunday, November 29, 2009 4:24 AM
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 3:42 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:29 AM
  • Hi

    i wanted to change startup sound but dint find in control panel,
    thanks Nikhil it worked for me.
    i did not try from above link hope it also helps.

    thanks anyway
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 4:27 AM
  • Hi all,

    This cracked method is not support by Microsoft. Please fully backup your computer before modifying it. An incorrect modification may cause computer crash.

    Thanks.

    • Marked as answer by Robinson Zhang Monday, December 07, 2009 1:31 AM
    Tuesday, December 01, 2009 1:32 AM
  • Perhaps Microsoft could restore the capability of changing the Windows startup sound to it's previous safe technique?
    Several of us would like to change that.
    Why remove such a simple capability?
    Fastwilly
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 3:57 AM
  • I followed this procedure, but ran into trouble when I tried to save the edited imageres.dll. I came up with an error both in regular mode and safe more. In safe more it was error 50 (if that helps). Did anyone else get this? And if so, how can I get around it? Oh yea, by the way my wav file was 110 KB . Or, should I just wait till windows comes out with an update that will allow the user to change these sounds?

    Thank you for any help
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Friday, December 18, 2009 11:56 PM
  • I am having same problem get error 50 wave file is 43 kb, I even renamed the file to 5080.wave that did not work the original name was Oper.wav which I renamed oper.wave.
    I just hate the startup wave file I want to replace like we could once upon a time. MS made an error in not allowing the user this function
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 5:39 AM
  • Hallo

    I can't understand, why you don't follow the method described in
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproui/thread/2981e886-9401-49fc-84b4-466505a0506b
    as I proposed on
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:29 AM,
    at least to give it a trial.

    Worked for me without any problems.
    Servus
    mbklrh
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 6:16 PM
  • I tried the following, but when I Use res hacker and open the dll file nothing appears in the windows nothing everything is blank in  the program period.


    I do not think you can change the Sound from Control Panel, but there are ways one can use [Use it at your own risk]

    1) For best results, boot out of Window 7 and into an alternative OS, such as XP. (This is assuming you dual boot.)

    2) Locate the file "imageres.dll" in Vista's System32 folder. For instance, C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. Copy that file into a different location, i.e. your desktop.

    3) Download ResHacker .

    4) Open ResHacker. Open the imageres.dll file in ResHacker.

    5) Find the folder that reads "WAVE" and expand everything below that.

    6) Right click 1033 (this could have a different name depending on your locale), and click Replace Resource. Click "Open file with new resource", and find the wave file you want to replace it with. Once you're done, in Resource Type, type "WAVE", in Resource Name type "5051", and under Resource Language type "1033" (or whatever number you have). Once done, click Replace.

    7) Click File, then click Save. Now you can copy this file to Vista's System32 folder.

    Keep the imageres_original.dll file ResHack left behind in case you want to revert back to the original sound.

    8) You might have some Permission issues while replacing the old file, if you have linux live cd handy, copy the new dll to a thumb drive  & boot off from it and replace the file.
    • Proposed as answer by angrybird Sunday, June 26, 2011 8:43 AM
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:15 PM
  • I got it to work, I had to download the latest Beta Version of ResHacker at
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/File-Editors/Resource-Hacker.shtml
    to get the procedure to work.After I hacked the DLL
    I went to C:\Windows\System32 and renamed the imageres.dll to Imageres.Old then Copied and pasted the hacked imageres.dll to the C:\Windows\system32 directory
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:47 PM
  • I also got this Error code 50 "The request is not supported".  Both safe mode and regular windows.
    I followed Nikhil's post carefully, got this error when I tried "save". I tried both "save" and "save as..."
    NO JOY
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:13 AM
  • The problem is that the enabling/disabling the startup sound is a flip flop type (ie. either on or off) switch and you need to clearly communicate to Windows 7 that the switch is off.   Do this as follows:
    1. Goto Control Panel Sounds page and make sure the checkbox for startup sound is checked and, if it is highlighted, click on Apply button at lower right of page.
    2. Shutdown computer.
    3. Restart computer and goto Contron Panel Sounds again.  This time uncheck the startup sound checkbox then be sure to click on the Apply button.
    4. Shutdown your computer again and restart and you will find that the windows 7 startup sound has been disabled.

    I know this all sounds rather silly but it works.
    Saturday, January 23, 2010 8:06 PM
  • I just got through making this work on Windows 7.  I followed the instructions as proposed, execpt for two changes:

    The "resource Name" in Windows 7 (for me at least was/is 5080, not 5051, and, as I didn't have a dual-boot machine, I used Bart PE to totally bypass the security of Windows 7.

    I tried as Admin, no work.  I tried totally giving myself admin and control of the file, no work. 

    So I modified a copy of the imageres.dll on my desktop, copied it to a thumb drive, and then botted into Bart, which then allowed me to copy the adjusted file into the system32 folder.

    The longer it took me to find this solution, the more intent I was on doing so!  Thanks Nikhi!

    Chuck Billow

     

     

     

    Monday, April 12, 2010 11:44 PM
  • Hi,

    Can anyone explain why some of us get "System Error. Code 50. The request is not Supported".

    Saturday, July 10, 2010 4:47 PM
  • How to Change Start up sound in Windows 7 This assumes you are using American English versuion of W-7 Language type 1033
    All Windows 7 allows is for you check or un-check play start up sound in Windows 7 you have to do the following to change the default sound of your choice

    1) Use the following beta program Reshacker from
    Download Resource Hacker 3.5.0.82 Beta / 3.4.0.79 - Analyze, change, add, erase or extract resources in EXE and DLL files - Softpedia

    2) Locate the file "imageres.dll" in C:\ Windows\System32 folder. For instance, C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. Copy that file into a different location, i.e. your desktop.

    3) Download ResHacker .

    4) Open ResHacker. Open the imageres.dll file in ResHacker.

    5) Find the folder that reads "WAVE" and expand everything below that.

    6) Right click 1033 (this could have a different name depending on your locale), and click Replace Resource. Click "Open file with new resource", and find the wave file you want to replace it with. Once you're done, in Resource Type, type "WAVE", in Resource Name type "5080", and under Resource Language type "1033" (or whatever number you have). Once done, click Replace.

    7) Click File, then click Save. Now you can copy this file to Vista's System32 folder.

    Keep the imageres_original.dll file ResHack left behind in case you want to revert back to the original sound.

    8) For Windows 7 go back to C:\Windows\System32 directory rename the imageres.dll to Imageres.old then copy and paste the new hacked Imageres.dll into C:\windows\system32 directory
    Monday, July 12, 2010 5:29 AM
  • Hi,

    Have followed the recommended instructions in safe mode both with the most recent available ResHacker and XN ResEditor to no avail.

    With ResHacker I get the following error when I try to copy & paste the altered imageres.dll file: Error 0x800704C8 The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section opened.

    With XN ResEditor when I try to save the changes I get: System Error. Code 50. The request is not supported.

    I even tried it with Win Defender and my F-secure antivirus disabled, with no joy.

    Has anyone out there had these same issues using Win 7 and managed to overcome them?

     

    Monday, July 12, 2010 1:12 PM
  • Hi,

    Managed to change Win 7 startup sound eventually but had to use my laptop which runs XP to do it, here's how I did it.

    I copied my imageres.dll and the wave file I wanted to use as my Win 7 startup sound from my PC transferring it to my laptop with a usb stick.

    I then booted my laptop in safe mode and followed the instructions for using ResHacker, (see one of the responses above).

    I booted up my PC using a Ubuntu live cd, (as suggested by Super Sarge, above), tranferred the altered imageres.dll file from my laptop back to my Win 7 PC via the usb stick, replaced the altered dll back into the Win System 32 Folder, and hey presto, it worked. 

    Neither ResHacker or XN ResEditor would work for me in a Windows 7 environment, in fact XN ResEditor would not work on my XP machine either.

    I hope this is of some use to anyone who may have thought about giving up and just living with Win 7 startup sound. It can be changed.

     

     

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:58 PM
  • You can disable the startup sound and add a registry command to hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run to play a sound file.

    You can also use group policy or the task scheduler.

    • Proposed as answer by Luckiiiful Friday, July 23, 2010 6:09 PM
    Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:53 AM
  • You can disable the startup sound and add a registry command to hklm\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run to play a sound file.


    This opens Media Player and leaves it open. 
    Friday, August 20, 2010 3:19 PM
  • OK,

    Use the command below to play a '.wav' file. Replace ringout and chooose your path and '.wav'.

    sndrec32.exe /embedding /PLAY /CLOSE "C:\Documents and Settings\David\Desktop\ringout.wav"

    Friday, August 20, 2010 5:27 PM
  • It appears that a lot of you are having file permission issues when trying to modify the imageres.dll file! One thing i can suggest is to use the hidden "system" accont! it has much higher priviliges then the administrator account and you'll be able to edit anything without a problem! just be warned...if you don't know what you're doing you will need to reinstall your entire operating system which is a real bummer! for instructions on how to access the hidden system account just google it!
    • Proposed as answer by michael66x Friday, November 05, 2010 2:27 PM
    Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:19 PM
  • This is my first post on the net but it's a good one. i was able to get around the permission issue and the error 50 by using a program i had on my pc for awhile now. i used winbubble which is a handy little freeware program that is great for win7. run winbubble and on the first tab there is a box to add functions to your right click menu. check the box for "take ownership of this file" and then click the apply button. restart your system.  now right click the imagres.dll file you saved earlier. on the right click menu you will see the take ownership of this file option. click it. that's all there is to it. now when you save the file  there is no more error. also remember to do the same thing in the system 32 imageres and no more hassles changing the file name.

    Friday, November 05, 2010 2:47 PM
  • Reshacker has command line options so I could write a GUI program. that changes the startup wav.
    Friday, November 05, 2010 3:16 PM
  • I have to agree with all those who have asked why Microsoft felt it necessary to prevent users from customizing their start up sound in the first place ...and isn't it strange that nobody can answer that?

    Is there any chance that an update will be released to change that?

    Sunday, November 14, 2010 2:14 PM
  • Sorry, that doesn't work in Windows 7. The startup sound is separate below that sound chart. It can't be changed unless you can modify the imageres.dll file. So far I can't do it.

    It worked for me, I went to control panel>sound>sounds> and I changed the color scheme and clicked apply. Thanks! 

    Windows 7 Professional 

    Friday, November 26, 2010 6:19 AM
  • Hi,

    Can anyone explain why some of us get "System Error. Code 50. The request is not Supported".


    You must click View > Options and change parser to use XN Resource Editor internal ...
    Saturday, November 27, 2010 11:12 PM
  • I did everything you said and it mest up my computer! It wouldnt log in at all so luckuly i knew how to do a system restore and it got fixd .
    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 11:40 PM
  • that would be very nice. when and if you get it done could you send me a link to radioactivev8@gmail.com.
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 4:34 PM
  • Hey, could you upload a copy of ur imageres.dll to megaupload.com and send me the link, I have accidentally deleted mine completely. I am running off of my ubuntu live cd now.
    Saturday, December 18, 2010 5:11 PM
  • i follow ur instruction ...it works for me... TQ... for method to replace imageres.dll file with a new file.. try to use http://www.xptsp.com/fixit/replacer.php

    Windows Se7en File Replacer... .  :)

    Sunday, June 26, 2011 8:47 AM
  • I did all this step by step but when I am done with everything the computer would not let me save it.
    • Proposed as answer by Seamus Dempsey Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:43 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Seamus Dempsey Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:44 PM
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:39 AM
  • If you don't mind logging in and entering a password each time you log in, there is a way to get what you want. I originally had my system set up with myself as administrator and no password.  I added a password so I would have to log onto windows, then I changed the "Log onto Windows" sound to point to a wave file I wanted, and Voila, every time I log into Windows 7, my computer says "Hello Major, at your command".
    • Proposed as answer by Major Phil Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:12 PM
    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:06 PM
  • There is a much easier way, just go to C:\Windows\Media, and change the sound file there.

    The Windows Startup sound can be changed by changing "Windows Startup.wav"

    • Proposed as answer by fond42518 Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:55 AM
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:54 AM
  • Yeah, I think that's the sound for a program startup, not Windows itself. Nice try though.
    Friday, March 09, 2012 5:35 PM
  • I got the same thing! Anyone know how to get around this?
    Sunday, June 10, 2012 7:23 AM
  • I worked around this by creating a batch file (.bat) and dropping it into the startup folder:

    ------------------

    @echo off
    echo Playing Startup Sound
    start C:\Progra~2\WI54FB~1\wmplayer.exe "C:\Users\username\music\startupsound.wav"
    timeout /t 8
    tskill wmplayer

    ---------------------------------

    You get a command window for the batch file, and another window for Windows Media Player, but they both go away.  Obviously, change the tskill  parameter to match the length of your startup sound.

    Tuesday, July 03, 2012 12:40 AM
  • I used reshacker and changed a backup copy of the imageres.dll. When I try to rename the original file that is in the system32 folder it says "you need permission from the TrustedInstaller to make changes to this file" I won't use the reshacker on the original file while it is in the system32 folder. It looks like Microsoft updated something to keep people from modifing this file. Has anyone figured out a way to changed the file recently? What people were doing in 2009 no longer works.
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:52 PM
  • sorry that is not the answer your thinking of the way to do it on windows xp or vista this is about windows 7 its not the same format.
    Thursday, August 09, 2012 1:34 AM
  • Go to

    Control Panel/Sound/Sounds

    Uncheck "Play Window Startup sound"/THEN SAVE THE SCHEME at the top where it says "Save as"!!!! Or Windows will not remember your settings through the next start-up.

    Thursday, August 09, 2012 10:23 AM
  • Well, I don't know about you guys, but I hate those silly hacks to pieces.....

    Murphy's Law says "if something can go wrong, it probably will."

    So, I prefer the easy way to do things.

    That's why I downloaded & use this freebee

    'Startup Sound Changer'  from   http://winaero<dot>com/comment<dot>php?comment<dot>news<dot>12

    So, don't waste your time with those silly grief infested hacks.

    • Proposed as answer by hcWata Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:51 AM
    Sunday, December 30, 2012 7:29 PM
  • Hi..
    Use the Link to Download Windows Sound Changer.

    It's Easy and works 100%

    ==> startup-sound-changer.en.softonic.com

    +

    Use the Link to Download Some Startup Wave Tones.

    i like the <big>Windows 95 (all)</big><big> &</big> NT 5.0 (Win 2000    Beta).

    ==> winhistory.de/more/winstart/winstart.htm.en

    ION: (insert www. befor each link as i ws getting some problem of link verification).
    :)

    ..simpY-siD..

    • Proposed as answer by hcWata Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:51 AM
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:55 AM
  • Thx a lot. Startup sound changer made it by very simple way. Works 100% for me.
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:52 AM
  • Hi all,

    This cracked method is not support by Microsoft. Please fully backup your computer before modifying it. An incorrect modification may cause computer crash.

    Thanks.

    Then would you consider allowing people to change it?

    It's always been an option in the past and I expect this is just a rather foolish decision from on-high at Microsoft because they think people recognise and associate a specific startup sound with the company.

    The truth is people rarely ever listen... Even something as recognisable as the single breathy Apple tone would have 99% of people scratching their heads as to where they'd heard it.


    • Edited by Knems Monday, November 18, 2013 12:12 AM
    Monday, November 18, 2013 12:11 AM
  • hello, I have done the process you suggested above...but every time i select an .wav file...............

    ...........( when i try to save it, it gives error:50 ) ...........

    ..... the uploaded file .wav is language neutral it says ..is this is problem ...how to solve it ........

    Saturday, November 23, 2013 5:57 AM
  • After reading this entire thread I had to throw my two cents in, in hopes of saving you folks a lot of grief...

    In windows, some things were not meant to be changed. Case in point:

    Back in the days of Win2K and XP, I used to be way into "skinning" my system, using such tools as Stardock, Winblinds, XP Themes (the themes that skin the start menu, change the system icons - completely revamp the GUI). Every time I used these, they worked fine for a while, but eventually explorer came unraveled - I'd close a folder and artifacts - sections of the window - would remain on the screen and couldn't be removed without restarting windows. Then explorer would start crashing frequently. It would finally get to the point where I couldn't use the system at all, with all the explorer crashes, etc. and I'd have to re-install windows. This happened on several different PCs and in win2k and XP. I later learned that just replacing the system icons (the folder class, start menu icons, etc.) would cause the same problems. I finally abandoned the practice of skinning windows altogether. I haven't tried such things in vista or win7, as these OSes came out after I had stopped skinning.

    The moral to the story is, beware of changes that microsoft doesn't approve of - there may be a good reason. I was thinking of changing my win7 startup sound, but after reading all of the hit-and-miss replies to this thread I've changed my mind. I did go out to the WinAero site mentioned in one of the replies to see if that might be a safe alternative, but after reading one of the comments there by someone with win7 64-bit whose icons got totally hosed after running their Startup Sound Changer (my system is 64-bit) I've decided to either put up with windows' startup sound, or just disable it and use a cool logon sound. This is the path I would recommend - do otherwise at your own peril. It may work for some people, but from the replies I've read here you may end up re-installing your OS. Not worth it for me...

    In Windows, some things are not meant to be changed.


    • Edited by cjreynolds Saturday, June 07, 2014 4:18 AM
    Saturday, June 07, 2014 4:14 AM