How to Set & Change Star-tup Sound in Windows 8

Posted by Britt Duncan - January 15, 2015

To get a faster boo-up time, Windows 8 is disabled sound when it is booting up. For those who enjoy the typical and short welcome music, it’s a pity. This post will introduce how to tweak your default settings and get the sound back.


Note: to prevent things from being messed up with improper operation, it’s highly suggested that you make a backup of registry first.

Press Win Key + R and type in regedit. Hit Enter to proceed.


Next, navigate to the following key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabels. You will see a folder named WindowsLogon. Click on it and move to right pane.


You will see a key of ExcludeFromCPL key. Double click on it and set its value to 0. This will instruct the machine to play sound when it boots up.


Next, click Win + Q and put in Sound this time.



After opening up the sound settings, move to Sound tab and mark the check-box before Play Windows Startup sound. There, you can also go through the available items of sounds and choose one you like.


At last, shut down the machine fully and restart it to have a check.

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TESTED:  17 Jul