I've configured Windows 10 to play a certain sound when an application starts or ends. It works fine, but next time I switch on my computer, these sounds have been removed.

This worked flawlessly in Windows 7 and did work fine in Windows 10 for a few weeks. It's just the last week or so that it's started to "forget" the sound setting.

The standard sounds are retained, i.e. login, logout, warning message etc. Perhaps it reverts to defaults?

What might be causing this and how might I fix it?

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    Have you tried to change the sounds in the Registry to see if they retain? Follow Option 3 change sounds windows 10 – NetworkKingPin Apr 28 '16 at 6:52
  • I've tried that now. I noticed that the sound I want was already present under the .Modified key. Anyway, I'll leave it like this and see what happens with a few reboots, later. – Kjell Rilbe Apr 28 '16 at 7:12
  • Are these sounds stored locally, or on a network drive? – LPChip Apr 28 '16 at 8:23
  • @LPChip: It's actually one of the standard sounds that Windows uses by default (the one for emptying the garbage bin). So, yes, it's stored locally. – Kjell Rilbe Apr 28 '16 at 8:53
  • The sound is still there today. Looking good! If it stays there for a few more days I'll conclude that setting it in the registry worked. Question remains why it does NOT work to set it via the sound configuration dialog. – Kjell Rilbe Apr 29 '16 at 8:06

Just as @kJell Rilbe said his settings kept.

Here is the answer just in case the site removes the content.

  1. Type regedit in the search box Windows+S) on your Start menu or taskbar, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)


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3. In the left pane, expand open the .Default (Windows sounds), Explorer (File Explorer sounds), and/or sapisvr (Windows Speech Recognition sounds) keys. (see screenshot above)

4. In the left pane under the .Default, Explorer, or sapisvr key, click/tap on the subkey (ex: Nofication.Mail under .Default) for the event you want to change the sound of. (see screenshot above)

5. In the left pane under the selected sound event (ex: Nofication.Mail), select the .Current subkey, and double click/tap on (Default) in the right pane. (see screenshot below) enter image description here

6. Type in the full path of the unblocked .wav file you want to be applied to the event, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7. Repeat step 4 above if you would like to change the sound for any other event.

8. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.

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