Windows 10: No Startup or Shutdown Sound

Discus and support No Startup or Shutdown Sound in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; Yes, I have the box checked to play sounds on startup under the sound tab in Control Panel. Does anyone have any ideas for me? When I test other sounds... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by jaustin, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. jaustin Win User

    No Startup or Shutdown Sound

    Yes, I have the box checked to play sounds on startup under the sound tab in Control Panel. Does anyone have any ideas for me? When I test other sounds on the sound tab they play fine.

    I have noticed that Dolby Home Theater v4 did not migrate with the upgrade from Win 7.

    jaustin, Jul 29, 2015

  2. No startup or shutdown sound in Windows 10

    Thanks for the help.

    I want to perform a complete reset.

    Will i lose my activation key or will it ask me to activate the pc after reset?

    Many games that i installed in windows 8.1 met up with many issues after the upgrade.

    My picture,video and music formats changed.

    As i am going back to Windows 8.1 with the reset , i am going to backup all my files.

    I want to know whether the files will work after restore, or will they dont work because i copied them from windows 10.

    Music files are in groove format, pictures in photos format, pages in edge format etc. will they work in windows 8.1.

    Recently i downgraded to a previous build, 10240.

    Many of my videos were not available , i dont know why but i cant open them or change their formats. In properties i saw " open with : TWINUI , whats it?

    Will everything work after the restore as i have several saved games .

    Please Help.
    VikramVasudev, Jul 29, 2015
  3. No startup or shutdown sound in Windows 10

    Hi Vikram,

    Thank you for the response and keeping the status updated.

    The Windows Shell Common Dll Has Stopped Working error may be caused by windows system files damage.

    I suggest you to perform a repair on the computer and check.

    I suggest you to create a Windows 10 installation Disc and perform a repair on the computer. To create a please find the below link:

    Download Windows 10

    To know how to create a disc, please follow the below link:

    Windows 10 Manual Upgrade & Installation

    To perform a Repair on the computer, Please follow the below steps:

    a. Insert the installation DVD or USB and boot Windows 10 from it.

    b. In the ‘Windows setup’ page select the
    ‘language to install’,‘Time and currency format’ and the ‘keyboard or input method’ and click on

    c. Click on ‘Repair your computer’ and select

    d. Click on ‘Advanced options’
    and select‘Startup Repair’ and select the operating system.

    Please reply with the results, we will be glad to help you further.

    Thank you.
    Ruth Buruga, Jul 29, 2015
  4. GustaCz Win User

    No Startup or Shutdown Sound

    I believe that Windows 10 dosn't have any
    Source : Checked deafult audio
    GustaCz, Aug 2, 2015
  5. jaustin Win User
    Thanks. I am beginning to think so. I see some information discussing just that case that no sounds are available for faster boot and shutdown. I would love to hear from an MS expert or software engineer confirming that.

    What is strange is the fact that there are Windows Exit and Startup sounds within the Window's Media system folder and a box to check to enable Startup sounds via the control panel. This seems more than confusing to give the illusion to provide an option when it isn't possible.

    I did find many sounds are made invisible from the CPL (control panel list) with registry keys that can be modified from 1 to 0 to make them visible. I also unchecked the fast boot option in Power Options. I still could not get a Startup or Shutdown sound.

    If there are any expert level opinions we'd love to hear from you.
    jaustin, Aug 2, 2015
  6. As far as I understand, in order to get faster boot times Windows 10 doesn't completely shut down your computer but instead merely sends it into hybernation and then cuts off power. This is why you get no sound, because Windows 10 doesn't have the option for logging in and out sounds, which it is what you are doing when the "fast startup" option is enabled (it is, by default). You would need to disable that option to fully shutdown your system and then you should get a sound when starting windows, which is not worth it if you ask me.
    SANAFABICH, Aug 4, 2015
  7. jaustin Win User
    Thanks for the reply. In my last post close to the end I already stated, "I also unchecked the fast boot option in Power Options. I still could not get a Startup or Shutdown sound." which you suggested. So that doesn't work. There are two ways to shutdown 10 that I know have technically different shutdowns. 1. Left click on "start" > left click "Power" > left click "Shutdown" - which I understand is a hybrid shutdown similar to what you describe. 2. Right clicking on "start" > hover over "Shut down or sign out" > select from menu "Shut down". I understand this bypasses the "Fast Boot Option" option to give you a full shut down. As described I get no sounds in any combination of shut down choices.

    If there are any expert level opinions we'd love to hear from you.
    jaustin, Aug 4, 2015
  8. No Startup or Shutdown Sound

    Startup sound does actually play when I perform a Restart (while "Play startup sound" option is selected of course). No such thing for usual Shutdown option though.
    Jormvngandr, Aug 6, 2015
  9. jaustin Win User

    If you go to the Windows Folder > Media you will find Windows Shutdown & Windows Startup sound (.wav) file in my final 10240 build. The shutdown sound when played is pretty normal. The startup one is just a single percussion like pop like the wood rods in music class.

    However, if you go to registry editor HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabels you will find the sounds.
    What is strange is you will find a "System Exit" entry but no one labeled that would be a startup sound for Windows. Some sounds have an additional registry "ExcludeFromCPL" (control panel list) such as Windows Logoff, Logon and SytemExit. I modified the values from 1 to 0 so they would not be excluded from the CPL. They show up but no sound. I did not delete those entries but just changed the values.

    I have wondered why no startup sound is in this registry position and would there be a startup sound if one was added.

    I still would like to hear an expert opine on the overall situation - how to get Startup and Shutdown sounds working or if they can't be made to do so.
    jaustin, Aug 6, 2015
  10. Marie990 Win User
    Try to follow this :
    lick Start< Run and type regedit and hit enter. Once Registry Editor opens highlight Hkey_Current_User. Once it is highlighted look on the right column which will show a Reg_SZ value with the name (default). Right click this value and hit delete. Reboot the computer and test.
    And good luck ~
    Marie990, Aug 6, 2015
  11. jaustin Win User
    An interesting suggestion with partial results.

    I tried to delete the key as directed but it would not let me?

    So I modified the key value from "(value not set)" to 1 and then to 0 and got the same following results for both modified settings:

    Using both methods of shutdown described earlier I did get a startup sound!
    I did not get a shutdown sound or Logon/Logoff sounds.

    So with the value set to 0 once again I tried to delete the key. It would not delete but the value changed back to the original "(value not set)" condition. Upon further testing with this condition reset back to same "(value not set)" I still got the startup sound as the 0 and 1 setting and did not get a Shutdown sound or Logon/Logoff sounds as before.

    Windows 10 seems buggy with inconsistent results. However I did get a startup sound after I modified the values (and attempted to delete) the key you suggested. I can toggle the startup sound now via the control panel mentioned earlier by checking or unchecking the appropriate box. Thank you.

    Post Edit: The "Turn on fast startup (recommended)" box has to be unchecked in Power Options for the startup sound to work under the above conditions. Apparently, checking this does circumvent checking to "Play Windows Startup sound" in Sounds within the Control Panel. I still have not been able to enable a shutdown sound so this thread title remains partially solved.

    I would welcome more expert comments - especially concerning enabling Shutdown sound or Logon/Logoff sounds.
    jaustin, Aug 6, 2015
  12. hello.. I did this (turned off the "quick start" and got my startup sound *Smile..
    question... why will Windows 10.. not come out of an/a Sleep mode?.. meaning... I close the lid of my laptop... (Dell XPS L1502)
    see the XPS light go into a sleep mode ( the xps light slowly blinks on and off.. indication seep).. but when I open the lid..
    even tho the keyboard wakes up.. the display is blank.. (dark) I have to hold down the power button.. to turn off the laptop completely and re-boot.... is there a fix for this? or ?????

    DJBrian732, Aug 19, 2015
  13. jimmyleg Win User

    No Startup or Shutdown Sound

    Still no individual logon or logoff sound. I do have canned windows startup sound. All registry edits have been made and logon and custom logoff sounds are displayed and play correctly in the sounds dialog box. Also, all power settings have been adjusted for full shut down and boot. What the heck?!
    jimmyleg, Aug 24, 2015
  14. Eaglesail Win User
    Into now my third week with the new Windows 10 'free' download. Upon my initial first start-up with the new 10, I heard a start-up musical sound....but never heard it again! After having done what everyone here has already done, I asked myself do I really care? I mean, you only hear it for a second or two! I think I miss it because of my first experience into the new computer age which was for me with Windows 98, then 2000, then XP...8.1 for a year and now 10. On Youtube, there are sound bites of Windows 10 start published....I haven't found means beyond what people have responded here either. Character and personality are missing with 10 with no greeting or departure.....just like in real life today...I guess!
    Eaglesail, Aug 24, 2015
  15. topgundcp Win User
    The Windows Startup sound is actually compiled and stored in: C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll.
    If you download: Resource Hacker and open this file. Click on WAVE then you can play it.

    No Startup or Shutdown Sound [​IMG]

    In order to play your own Startup Sound. You need to right click and replace with your own.

    However, there's an easier way to use a freeware to change it: Startup Sound Changer
    topgundcp, Aug 25, 2015

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