All posts for the month September, 2010

Back in the old days of Windows 95 I used to have my own sound (“Greetings”) when I started windows. The capability to customize the startup sound is not there in windows 7.

First, you need to find the file that controls the windows startup sound. It is called “imageres.dll” and it is found in the windows directory. In my computer it was:


Next, you need to change the ownership of this file. This file cannot be overwritten or modified without ownership, so I used these instructions:

Next, you need a file that allows you to edit the dll file. I downloaded that from

After I unzipped ResHack, I ran it as an Administrator. I then opened the imageres.dll file, made a copy of the original in to safe place, and then opened the file again in the system32 folder.

I expanded WAVE and 5080 as shown, and there is a resource called 1033.

If you click on Play WAVE you will hear the windows startup sound.

The next step is to right click on the resource 1033, and select “Replace Resource”

You will see this menu:

Click on “Open File With New Resource” and navigate to a .wav file of your choice.
(In this example I am using a file called “alerted.wav”)
Click on “Open”, then put “WAVE” in as the resource type, “5080” (or whatever number that folder is labeled) is as Resource Name., and “1033” or whatever number is indicated as Resource Language.

Click “Replace”. Then save in the original location and quit ResHack.

Right click on your desktop, select Personalize from the menu, click on Sounds, and check the Play Windows Startup sound and click “Apply”.

When you restart, it should work, if not, ask someone who knows what they are doing for help.

Comments: Some people commented that they could not get this to work. You need to run ResHack as an administrator, or else you won’t get it to work. Also, I received some comments obviously written by a child. If you are a child playing with your parents computer, don’t do this!

If you have trouble saving the changes, it is because you didn’t take ownership of the .dll. The child that posted a comment that this couldn’t be done obviously omitted this step. More detailed instructions are below.

How to Take Ownership in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer
2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu
3. Click on Security tab
Windows 7 Files and Folder Security Tab
4. Click on “Advanced”
5. Now click on Owner tab in Advance Security Settings for User windows
Owner Tab of Advance Security Settings
6. Click on Edit Button and select user from given Change Owner to list if user or group is not in given list then click on other users or groups. Enter name of user/group and click ok.
Other Users or Groups
8. Now select User/group and click apply and ok. (Check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” if you have files and folder within selected folder)
9. Click ok when Windows Security Prompt is displayed
Window Security Prompt
10. Now Owner name must have changed.
11. Now click Ok to exist from Properties windows
Once you have taken the ownership of file or folder next part comes is Granting Permissions to that file/folder or object.

How to Grant Permissions in Windows 7

1. Locate the file or folder on which you want to take ownership in windows explorer
2. Right click on file or folder and select “Properties” from Context Menu
3. Click on Edit button in Properties windows Click ok to confirm UAC elevation request.
4. Select user/group from permission windows or click add to add other user or group.
5. Now under Permission section check the rights which you want to grant i.e check“Full Control” under the “Allow” column to assign full access rights control permissions to Administrators group.
Change Permissions
6. Click Ok for changes to take effect and click ok final ok to exit from Properties window.