How to Set Windows 95 Startup Sound on Windows 10 PC

Earlier we posted about how we can enable the startup sound for Windows 10 because on newer versions of Windows, Microsoft has disabled the startup sound by default. But the new Windows 10 startup sound is very short and plays only for 1 second.

In the older versions of Windows, the startup sound used to play a bit longer, perhaps for 2-3 seconds. When it we used to start the old Windows 95 computer, the startup sound was longer and we actually felt like we have accomplished something by starting a PC.

So many people have asked us, if it is possible to change the startup sound for a Windows 10 PC and set it to the one that came with Windows 95. After some research we found out a very easy way to set the Windows 95 startup sound for your Windows 10 PC.

Here is how you can set Windows 95 startup sound for your Windows 10 computer:

  1. First of all you have to download the Windows 95 sound from On this page, the download is available in both WAV and MP3 audio file format. You have to download the WAV file format.
  2. Press Win+R to open the Run dialog, type Regedit and press Enter. This will launch Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\AppEvents\EventLabels\WindowsLogon.
  4. Double-click on ExcludeFromCPL and change its value to 0. Click OK to save the value.Windows 95 Startup Sound for Windows 10
  5. Press Win+R again, type control mmsys.cpl and press Enter.
  6. In the window that opens up, switch to the Sounds tab.
  7. Select the checkbox labeled Play Windows Startup Sound.
  8. From the list of Program Events, select Windows Logon.Windows 95 Startup Sound for Windows 10
  9. Click on the Browse button and choose the WAV file we downloaded in step 1 above.
  10. Click on OK to save the settings.

Now when you start your Windows 10 PC, you will hear the old Windows 95 startup sound. In a similar way, we can set it to anything else of your choice. The only condition is that the sound file must be in the uncompressed WAV file format.