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Chapter 9. Making Windows Work Your Way > Customize Windows Sounds

Customize Windows Sounds

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” Ha! We’re now well into the 21st century, and diabolical talking computers like the HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey don’t exist yet, thankfully. Still, your PC is now powerful enough to make a variety of noises and even read back text from the screen. If the bells, whistles, beeps, and squawks become annoying, you can convert them to melodious chimes and tunes instead.

Choosing a New Sound Scheme

Windows XP allows you to choose sound schemes to assign a whole collection of sound items to various events—starting or exiting Windows, closing a program, and receiving an instant message, to name a few. Here’s how to choose a new sound scheme:


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