This tutorial is written for all Windows users who are sick of those boring old Windows sounds and would like to change those sounds to a sound file of their choice. Read below to find out how you can modify the system sounds on your Windows computer in a few easy steps.

The first step is to use the Win+R key combination in order to open the “Run” window, which can be done using the combination highlighted below:

Press and hold the “Windows” key (bottom right of keyboard) and then press the “R” key once. Now release the “Windows” and “R” key.       The “Run” window will now be open.

 

Now that you have opened the “Run” window, you must enter the text “mmsys.cpl” into the text box provided within the “Run” window, as shown below:

Running mmsys

 

Once you enter the text into the text box provided as shown above, you must then click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key, which will open the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window, which will allow you to change the sound settings on your computer. The “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window will appear as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties

 

Now that you have the window open, you must then left-click once the “Sounds” tab from the top of the window, which will bring up the window shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds

 

Now that you have the window shown above on your screen, you must then select the event you would like to change the sound for. For example if you click “Asterisk” and then use the drop-down box or the “Browse…” button to search for the .wav file you wish to play when the “Asterisk” event occurs, as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds selection

 

All you must do is select a Windows sound from this drop down list for the event of which you wish to change, left-click the sound once and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button to apply the new settings. In addition you may click the “Browse…” button and then navigate to an appropriate .wav file stored on your harddrive and select it and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button, just as you would if you were to use the drop-down box method.

 

You may replace “Asterisk” with any other event sound you wish to change, as “Asterisk” was just an example. You may use the procedure above to change any of the event sounds in the scrollable list. Once you have selected and applied the sound for the event or events you wish to use, you may close the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window and proceed with using your computer just as you normally would. Although, if you have changed startup sounds then you may restart whenever you like in order to test them.

Congratulations! You have just edited the event sounds on your Windows computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows modification knowledge.

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