Record Your Own Windows Startup Greeting
By Stephen Bucaro
When you start your computer in the morning you are greeted with the Windows
default startup music. In this article, I show you how easy it is to replace the
default startup sound with your own personal greeting. This is something you
might do to start your day on a more cheerful basis, or something you might
setup for a special friend or relative.
1. Locate the microphone that came with your computer. Plug the microphone into
the mic jack on the back of the computer. It's the small round connector next to
the green connector into which your speaker is plugged.
2. Select Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound
Recorder to open Windows Sound Recorder utility. Before recording
your greeting take note of the following warnings:
• Sound Recorder uses the .wav file format which, unlike MP3, is not a compressed
format. Sound Recorder consumes memory rapidly, so start your message quickly,
make it short, and stop recording immediately after the end of your message.
• The sound of your computer's fan will be in the background of your recording.
To minimize background noise, move the microphone a short distance from the computer.
• If you configure your greeting as the startup sound, Windows will be required
to load the sound file during startup - another reason to keep your message short.
• You can configure any .wav sound file as the Start Windows sound, but
if you configure a corrupted file as the startup sound, your computer will stall
during startup. If this happens, start the computer in Safe mode and
configure a different startup sound file.
3. In Sound Recorder, click on the button with the red circle to begin
recording. Speak your message into the microphone. Click on the button with the
black square to stop recording.
4. Click on the button with the right-pointing arrow to play your recording.
Click on the button with the double left-pointing arrows to rewind your recording.
• Check the Edit and Effects items in Sound Recorder's menu. Sound
Recorder is a very old utility, dating back to Windows version 3.0, but you'll
be surprised at what this simple utility can do.