How to Bring Back the Startup Sound in Windows 8, 8.1

By: Marian Cularea
2 minute read

Enabling the startup sound for Windows 8 can be a very helpful thing, let’s take for example that you are at work and you have 2 Windows 8 PC’s that you are working with, if you are working on one Windows 8 PC and you are waiting for the other one to start then hearing the startup sound will notify you when the other PC is ready for use.
startuo sound for Windows 8
After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 you will most likely lose the startup sound because Microsoft disabled it on the new Windows 8 operating system but don’t worry because we can get it up and running by following the guidelines below.

Tutorial on how to bring back startup sound on Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button.
  2. The “Run” dialog box will open, type in the box “regedit” and press “Enter” on the keyboard.
  3. The “Registry Editor” window should now be opened.
  4. Click (left click) on “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” on the left of the window.
  5. Under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” click (left click) on “AppEvents”.
  6. Under “AppEvents” click (left click) on “EventLabels”.
  7. Under “EventLabels” you will have access to several options related to sound on Windows 8.
  8. Look Under “EventLabels” and find “WindowsLogon” and click (left click) on it.
  9. On the right side pane look for “ExcludeFromCPL”
  10. Double click (left click) on “ExcludeFromCPL” and change the value in the box to “0” without the quotes or just delete what you see written in the box.
  11. You can do the same to enable other sounds specific for Windows 8.
  12. Close the Registry Editor window.
  13. Now all you have to do is to open in Control Panel the Sound Application you have there and you will be able to customize Windows logon sound.
  14. Reboot the Windows 8 PC and see if the startup sound works for you.

There you have it, in a few steps above you now have the option to enable the startup sound for Windows 8 PC. Please write us below for any other ideas on the matter and what we can do to ease the time you spend on Windows 8.

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