Windows starting-sounds

The visitcard of windows is the music, which will played when windows is starting.

All single files can be found here:

Windows 3.1x & Windows NT 3.xx

Tada.wav called this start-up sound, which is just a second.

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The Shutdown Sound: Xylophon.wav

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Windows 3.1(1) for Workgroups

Interestingly, the other way around WfW uses the sounds for starting and ending as the normal 3.1 versions and NT. It is the shortest sound with less than a second. Original name Xylophon.wav

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Shutdown Sound tada.wav.

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Windows 95 (all)

The Windows 95 startup sound is something special. The first time it was not just a simple signal, but a jingle. The story behind it is something with Brian Eno, on a separate page . Duration: about 6 seconds.

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Nothing per default, but when installing all audio files in setup and load the default sound scheme you hear the shutdown sound tada.wav.

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Windows NT 4.0

Actually, the login sound. Duration 10 seconds.

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The log off Sound.

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Windows 98 (SE)

The modern interpretation of the Windows 95 Sound. Duration of approximately 7 seconds.

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Nothing per default, but when installing all audio files in setup and load the default sound scheme you hear the logoff sound.

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NT 5.0 (Win 2000 Beta)

Probably the strangest sound. Created for a beta version, not used in the final product. Matthew A Felton was an composer. Duration 13 seconds.

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Windows Me & Windows 2000

The Windows 2000 Sound is just 5 seconds.

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No sound per default. With ME you have to load the non-default `Windows-default´ sound scheme. In Win 2000 the file is present, but not used in the default scheme.

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Windows XP

Lasts 4 seconds. Unfortunately there is no information about the artist.

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The Logoff sound.

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Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10

Length: 4 second. Watch a Making of Video on Channel 9.

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The Logoff sound.

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Videos

The Windows Startup Sounds


Selfmade Youtube Video with all Startup Sounds

Schnelle Zeitleiste

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Schnelle Zeitleiste

1981 MS-DOS 1.0
1982 MS-DOS 1.1
1983 MS-DOS 2.0
1984 MS-DOS 3.0
1992 Win 3.1
  WfW 3.1
1995 Win 95
1997 Win 95 C
1998 Win 98
1999 Win 98 SE
  Win ME
2001 Win XP
2006 Win Vista
2015 Win 10