Sound Scheme

How to Change a Computer Event Sound in Vista
This will show you how to open and change the default Windows Vista computer event sound scheme to what you want it to be instead.
How to Change a Computer Event Sound in Vista

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An event sound is when a sound is played for a certain action that happens on the computer. A .wav file is used for the event sounds. This will show you how to open and change the default Windows computer event sound scheme to what you want it to be instead.
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Sound File Folder Location:

Registry Location:


Through Sounds Settings

1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View).​
A) Click on the Sound icon.​
B) Go to step 2.​

1. Right click on the little white speaker (Volume) icon in the bottom right corner. (See screenshot below)​
A) Click on Sounds.​
B) Go to step 2.​

1. Right Click on a empty area of the desktop and click Personalize. (See screenshot below)​
A) Click on Sounds. (See screenshot below)​

2. Click on the Sounds tab. (See screenshot below)​

3. To Turn On or Off the Vista Startup Sound
A) Check or uncheck the Play Windows Startup sound box. (See screenshot above)​

4. To Change an Event Sound
A) Click on a program event (in middle section) to select it. (See screenshot below step 2 above)​
B) Click on the Browse button. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: The default sound files are located at: C:\Windows\Media
< 1. Navigate to the .wav sound file you want and click on Open.​
< 2. Click on Apply.​

C) Click on the Sounds: drop down menu at the bottom to the left of the Test and Browse buttons. (See screenshot below)​
< 1. Click on a .wav sound file for the event.​
< 2. Click on Apply.​

5. To Test Play a Sound
A) Click on a program event you want to hear the sound for.​
B) Click on the Test button.​

6. To Change a Sound Scheme
A) Click on the Sound Scheme: drop down menu. (See screenshot below)​
B) Click on the sound scheme you want.​
C) Click on Apply.​

7. To Save a Sound Scheme
NOTE: This is useful to have all your event sound changes saved to be able to select them in step 6 above.
A) Click on the Save As button. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type in a name for the sound scheme and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​

8. To Delete a Sound Scheme
NOTE: You cannot delete the No Sounds, Standard Default, or Windows Default schemes, only the ones that you saved.
A) Click on the Sound Scheme: drop down menu. (See screenshot for step 5 above)​
B) Click on the sound scheme you want to delete.​
C) Click on the Delete button.​
D) Click on Yes for the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)​

Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: There is nothing here that you cannot change in METHOD ONE above. It is just another method for doing the same thing in case you like using the registry instead.
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: Each Key (folder) in the left pane under .Default is a sound event. The Program names at the bottom of the list will need to be expanded to see their event sounds.​

5. To Change a Event Sound
A) Click on the sound event in the left pane, then right click on (Default) in the right pane and click on Modify.​

6. Type in the full path of the .WAV sound file and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
7. Close regedit when done.​

That's it,

Last edited:
Shawn Brink


My volume control on the taskbar notification is disappeared. Can you help me to restore it?
This is rather late in the game but what does one do if one accidentally deleted the Tinker sound scheme, and despite uninstalling Tinker and reinstalling it I can't get the darn thing to appear in Sounds? The file is where it's supposed to be and populated under C:\Windows\Media

I tried uninstalling the Ultimate Extras and reinstalling them too, done several reboots and even sfc /scannow followed by yet another reboot.

Still not appearing in the list of schemes.

By the way Tinker, the game works fine...whoopee.
Hello Peter,

I'm not sure why the "Microsoft Tinker Game Sounds" scheme is not listed at the top.

The individual .wav files for the Tinker scheme should be in the folder below. You may have to manually assign the sounds to them.


Hope this helps. :)
Thanks Shawn, yes they are all there. It's a mystery why the sound scheme didn't reappear though. I might just try a System Restore to the earliest one I have available which is 26 July.
It did. I always am mystified how things like that fail to work when they've been reinstalled. What had happened was that I had several modified Tinker sound schemes and doing things in a hurry I accidentally deleted the main one as well leaving me with Pearl, Glass and the default schemes only.

I just redid that operation and thankfully I have left the main Tinker scheme in place!!