How to Change the Windows 10 Startup Sound

Some users really like the sound that plays when Windows 10 fires up, but there are plenty of people who would rather hear something else, or create their own custom sound. (We’ve also heard from a handful of readers who never hear a startup sound when booting Windows 10, and they’d like to know how to change that.) Windows 10 makes it more difficult to change the startup sound than previous versions of Windows. This can be a pain, because let’s face it – what you hear when you first power up your computer is important. Learning how to change Windows 10 startup sound settings isn’t hard, and it actually only takes a few minutes if you know where to look. Read on and we’ll show you how it’s done.

Disable Fast Startup

Windows 10 has a function called Fast Startup. When your PC starts up using Fast Startup, it’s really just coming out of hibernation, hence the “fast” – this kind of startup doesn’t require your computer to start the boot process from scratch. This is the reason some users report not hearing a startup sound in Windows 10.  In order to change this, disable Fast Startup. Here’s how:

1. Click the Start button, and start typing “power”. Click on “Power & sleep settings”.

Windows 10 power & sleep settings

2. In the window that appears, click “Additional power settings” in the upper right corner.


Windows 10 additional power settings

3. In the Power Options window, click “Choose what the power buttons do” on the left side.

Windows 10 choose what the power buttons do

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4. In the System Settings window, the “Turn on fast startup” option may be checked and grayed out.

If it’s grayed out, click “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.

Windows 10 system settings

5. Uncheck the “Turn on fast startup” option, and then click “Save changes”.

Windows 10 system settings

Check to make sure the Windows 10 startup sound is enabled.

1. Right click the volume icon in the right hand side of your desktop’s toolbar, and select “Sounds”.

In the window that opens, click the “Sounds” tab, and then select “Play Windows Startup sound”. Select “Asterisk” under the “Windows” heading.

Change Windows 10 Startup Sound: Sound Window

2. Select “Windows Startup” from the drop down menu.

This sets the standard Windows 10 Startup Sound to play when your PC boots. If that’s all you were after, you’re done! Did you want to set your own custom startup sound? Read on.

Change Windows 10 Startup Sound: Sound Window

Set a custom Startup Sound for Windows 10

1. In the Sound window, instead of selecting “Windows Startup” from the drop down menu, click the “Browse” button instead.

Note the location of the folder that opens up. In this case, it’s This PC > Windows (C:) > Windows > Media.

Change Windows 10 Startup Sound: Custom Startup Sound

2. Navigate to that location on your PC, and drag in any .wav file that you have on your computer.

You’ll need to use administrator privileges to add files to this folder. You can find a variety of fun sounds at, which is where we got the “woosh” file that you see in the screenshot below.

Change Windows 10 Startup Sound: Custom Startup Sound

3. Check the Sound window again, and select your new sound.

Click “Open” and then “OK”. Your custom sound is configured!

Change Windows 10 Startup Sound: Custom Startup Sound

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