Startup Sound Changer for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.0
  • 3.2
  • (99)
  • Security Status

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Chantelle van Heerden
Chantelle van HeerdenUpdated 2 years ago

For When You’re Tired of Windows’s Default Sound

If you’re a type of person who likes to customize every little thing that you possibly could when given a chance, this small but powerful program may just be a great addition to your collection of customization tools. Startup Sound Changer is a personalization app that lets you change your computer’s default startup sound to whatever you would like. It’s a pretty simple program, but it’s a great one to try if you want to fiddle around with your computer’s sounds. 

The Classic Tune

Everyone who is used to operating Windows computers would definitely come to know its classic startup sound by heart. The startup sound is what your computer will be playing whenever it boots up for another session of usage. It’s one of the noises that people will always associate Windows with, most especially because it’s one of the sounds that you can’t ever customize. By default, Windows allows you to personalize the look of your operating system, including your wallpaper, screensaver, your sound theme for various commands, and even the look of your mouse. However, Windows doesn’t let you go too far. And if you want to change some other features locked by default, you’ll be needing to turn to third-party apps.

Time for Changes

Startup Sound Changer is one of the third-party apps that allows you to change your computer's startup sound. Created and developed by, the app pretty much lives up to its name. With it, you can set any audio file as your new startup sound, so it’s what you hear every time you open your PC. There are only three features on this app. Play lets you hear your current startup sound file, so you can check if your changes took place. Replace, on the other hand, lets you change the current sound with a new sound file. However, it needs to be in the WAV format.  Finally, Restore resets your changes allowing you to go back to the default tune. Users, however, need to keep in mind that they need to have the administrator's permission to make any changes. 

That’s All

Startup Sound Changer is pretty great for a customizer app. Unfortunately, it’s pretty small and singular in its purpose. More, while there’s no need to install it, it doesn’t get any shortcut that you can easily access. So if you want to make any changes again, you have to get the downloaded file to run it. It is also severely lacking in other features. Plus, it only accepts WAV files. You might want to get its updated version, the Winaero Tweaker, instead, as that one has other customization tools alongside it.


  • Portable
  • No installation
  • Easy to use
  • Can play any kind of audio


  • Only accepts WAV
  • Needs admin rights for changes
  • No other features

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Startup Sound Changer for PC

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 1.0
  • 3.2
  • (99)
  • Security Status

User reviews about Startup Sound Changer

  • Grace Schultz

    by Grace Schultz

    Its great but it keeps randomly playing, how do I get rid of it?

  • Peter Newman

    by Peter Newman

    I exhausted all avenues of finding out how to do this but nothing worked until I found this program. Using it on Windows 10- and-it's working perfectl More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Good but could be better.
    It's good, but would be better if different users could have different sounds on start up

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Be Careful !!!.
    HiI used Startup Sound Changer in Windows 7 and it worked fine.
    I tried it in Windows 8 when I was beta testing and ended u More


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