How To: Change Default System Sounds In Windows 7

Users who ever tried to change the default sound scheme in Windows 7 must have noticed that Windows 7 ships with a bunch of good sound schemes. And users who don’t like the any of the sound scheme present in Windows 7 or a particular event sound can easily change with a custom one.

For instance, if you like the default logon sound and want to use your favorite audio file as logon sound instead, you can do so without the help of third-party tools. In my system, this is one of the first items that I change after installing Windows 7 or any other versions of Windows as I don’t find the default set of sound schemes very interesting.

Please note that the audio file that you would like to use as system sound should in .wav format. If you have a .MP3 file, we suggest you use some free audio converting tools such as Free Studio Manager for the job.

If you would like to change the default Widows sounds, then follow the below instructions:

Step 1: Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize.

Step 2: Click on the link named “Sounds” at the bottom of the window.

Step 3: Next, select a sound event from the list and then hit Browse button. Note that you need to have your customized new sound file in .wav format.

Step 4: Select your desired .wav sound track and click Open and then click Apply.


Step 5: Once you change the sound, just hit the Play button to test the customized sound. Good luck!

Repeat the procedure from step 3 to step 5 to customize all or any sound event. Only thing you need to remember is that Windows supports only .wav files.

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  1. Tom Lahman says

    I want to remove ALL bells,chimes dings, sceetches, whistles etc. from my computer (HP Windows 7) and NEVER hear them again,EVER! HELP!!!!

  2. Graden says

    Thank you. My sounds somehow got set to ‘garden’ and it was driving me nuts. I wouldn’t have figured this out by myself.

  3. Kaim says

    Same problem as MAC, i want to change the Windows 7 startup sound but i don’t see how. It looks like it’s not a changeable sound. Any help ? Thank you in advance.

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