One of the things Microsoft forgot to properly think about when making Windows 7, was the start-up sound. With every new version of Windows should come a new start-up sound, however they chose to keep it the same as Vista.
If you’d like to change the start-up sound (the sound played when you get to your login screen) then this is the guide for you. My favourite start-up sound comes from Windows 95 and I’ll be using its start-up sound for this guide.
If you’d like to trip down memory lane and listen to all the Windows sounds, head over here.
I also came across some interesting remixes of the Windows start-up sounds here.
We need to take ownership and create a backup copy of imageres.dll and we’ll do so in the command prompt.
Press WinKey+R, type in cmd and hit click OK.
In the command prompt, type these commands in and hit enter after each one;
(Changes working directory to system32)
copy imageres.dll imageres-DEFAULT-.dll
(Makes a copy of imageres.dll to the same folder)
TAKEOWN /F %windir%\system32\imageres.dll && ICACLS %windir%\system32\imageres.dll /GRANT Administrator:F
(Changes ownership to Administrator and allows full control of imageres.dll)
Head over to Bome Software’s website and grab a copy of Restorator 2007 you can get a free trial or use an alternative such as resource hacker.
Open Restorator 2007, press Ctrl+O to invoke the open dialog box and type in this address;
In the left pane of Restorator 2007, expand the WAVE folder.
In the main pane, you’ll notice one file named 5080. This is the default start-up sound played when you get to your login screen.
Right click 5080, and select Assign… > Assign to…
Choose your preferred start-up sound (.wav) and click Open.
Now press Ctrl+S to save your changes and quit Restorator 2007.
The next time you boot your system, you’ll be greeted by the sound you just chose!
Return to Default.
Returning to default is a simple affair.
In Explorer, navigate to %windir%\system32
Rename the current imageres.dll to imageresDELETE.dll
Then rename imageres-DEFAULT-.dll to imageres.dll
All will be restored after the next boot where you can delete imageresDELETE.dll
Any problems, head over to the forums for help.
Have some cool start-up sounds you wish to share? Let us know in the comments!
Tested on Windows 7 x86. Steps for Vista x86 should be very similar if not identical.