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:
- Press Win+R to bring up the Run menu. Type in
regeditand press OK to bring up the Registry Editor.
- Head to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabelsand 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.
- Repeat this process for
- 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.Call sounds, so you can customise alarms and call notifications too. Hit the link to read more.