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    How to change Windows 7 or Vista's startup sounds

    Windows Vista is the 1st version of Windows to include a non user-customizable startup sound. This is played while the Orb animates. Changing this sound cannot be done using the Control Panel>Sound. Instead, follow these steps:

    1) For best results, boot out of Vista 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.

    Also applies to Windows 7.

    UPDATE: You can also check out Windows Startup Sound Changer.

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    Nice tut, Thanks for that.

    Though I have not tried it personally, you may have to take ownership of the dll file, if Windows doesnt let you touch it. Also, after you modify the dll you may have to re-register the dll file.

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    Even I haven't tried this trick yet as I always disable all the sounds in Vista & 7.Anyways,it's a good trick to know.

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    Ah, I have noticed the registering bit when installing some themes. Well, TRYING anyway. I can never seem to patch shell and some other dlls, I even made backups.
    But anyway, how do you re-register you dll?

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    Ah, so that's how. I would have certainly not have stumbled on that one.
    Thank you very much.

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    Nice trick.....not tried yet !

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    Indeed nice trick. I'm happy to report this also works in Windows 7 beta.

    I performed the mod of the .dll using ResHacker in Windows 7 but couldn't copy the resulting changed imagere.dll to system32.
    A quick boot to Ubuntu Intrepid and mounting my Win 7 partition allowed me to bypass the permission issue and replace the old .dll with the new. Cool.

    I now have Homer Simpson saying "to start press anykey, where's the anykey" instead of that inane Win 7 startup sound.
    It even plays almost exactly at the moment my computer is fully booted up and functional. Thanks for the trick. If it's ok I think I'll link this thread to the Win 7 forum.

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    ^ Sure you can link up

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyAndyK View Post
    ^ Sure you can link up
    Thanks HappyAndyK. I think I will be looking here as well as the Win 7 forum for answers since Vista and Win 7 are so similar. I personally don't use Vista but I am running/testing Win 7 as a multiboot option on my machine.

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