How-To: Changing the Windows Vista Startup Sound

Of the many controversies surrounding Windows Vista, probably the most infamous (and pathetic) issues brought to the table is the Windows Vista Startup sound – and how to get rid of it. If  you were anywhere but under a rock during the beta, it’s impossible to have missed the posts going back and forth by haters and supporters of Windows Vista’s new startup sound – which, like almost everything else in Windows Vista, doesn’t even always work.

This sound isn’t the one you get on startup (which is still there, just like in previous versions of Windows), but rather the one that plays right when Windows finishes loading – and you can’t do a thing about it. In our opinion, it’s a quite nice sound, but unfortunately you don’t get to hear it (most of the time) if you have a analog/digital sound card with analog being the default. At any rate, for those of you that don’t like it, chin up: it can be changed!

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TweakUI for Vista (x64 too!)

NeoSmart Technologies has withdrawn this particular guide because it has proved to only work on pre-release editions of Windows Vista, and versions of Vista that were upgraded to RTM from beta Vista builds.

The original workaround involves install the x86 or x64 versions of TweakUI and running both the setup and the executable in XP SP2 Compatibility Mode with UAC disabled. Unfortunately this has been found to not work on current builds of Windows Vista.

NeoSmart Technologies apologies for this erroneous guide. We are currently working on a fix for this matter. NeoSmart Technologies does not engage in paid advertisement reviews, posts, guides, or anything of that nature. We made a simple, honest mistake, and we’re sorry. Hopefully we’ll have another workaround soon – that really works.