Customise The Logon, Logoff And Shutdown Sounds In Windows 8

Windows has always allowed to you to customise different alert sounds from the Control Panel, but it remove your ability to customise a few of them in Windows 8 — particularly the sounds for logon, logoff, and shutdown. Here’s how to change them.

When you go to Control Panel > Sound > Sounds, you’ll see these options are no longer available for customisation. Well, it turns out, they’re just hidden, and you can unhide them with a simple registry tweak. To do so:

  1. Press Win+R to bring up the Run menu. Type in regedit and press OK to bring up the Registry Editor.
  2. Head to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabels and you should see a number of subfolders, each one representing a different sound in the OS. If you click on one — say, WindowsLogon — you’ll see a key in the right pane called ExcludeFromCPL. Double-click it and change its value to 0.
  3. Repeat this process for WindowsLogoff and SystemExit.
  4. Exit the Registry Editor and head back to Control Panel > Sound > Sounds. You should see those options have returned to the menu, and you can customise them as normal.

You can also use this trick on a few other keys in that list, particularly the Notification.Looping.Alarm and Notification.Looping.Call sounds, so you can customise alarms and call notifications too. Hit the link to read more.

How to Enable Options to customise Windows Logon, Logoff, Exit and Unlock Sounds in Windows 8? [Tweaking with Vishal]

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