1.    14 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Crazy question about customizing sounds for windows 10?

    I have recently bagan Customizing my desktop a bit. And I have changed my background as well as my lock screen and also my colors for my taskbar plus I have even changed my folder icons as well as my file type icons and so far things are going acording to plan so now I'm looking into changing the sounds a bit as well.

    So when I get a email notification from the mail app I will here a specific sound. And be able to chose what I want to here from some secific programs.

    So is there away to find out where the current sound files are kept.

    For example if I right click on the desktop and then left click on personalize and then go to themes and then go to "Advanced sound settings" I get a pop up saying "Sound" and it says "Sound Scheme" Windows Default. If I go into the Program Events: and click on Calendar Reminder its says "Windows Notify Calendar.wav" now how would I find this actual file to find out how long it is so I know how short to make my sound file for the sample. I don't want to place a 20 second sound file when the normal sample is only 3 or 4 seconds. It would sound odd I think.

    And when I click test it plays the sound but when I click browse it shows just a random open folder from my downloads that dose not have that sound file or even any .wav files.
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  2.    15 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Just a thought.. if the customisation you've done has taken a long time, you will most probably lose your customised icons if either:
    - you do an in-place upgrade install repair
    - you apply the next major build upgrade (as 10586 was).

    You may wish to plan for that.
    (I use Icon Changer to change some 77 icons to Win 7 style- that's pretty quick although it requires manual intervention to actually move the updated imageres.dll to the system folder)
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  3.    15 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by renee1219 View Post
    when I click browse it shows just a random open folder from my downloads that dose not have that sound file or even any .wav files.
    That is strange - when I click on browse from there it opens C:\Windows\Media which is where the file is on my install.

    You can also search for it in File explorer (found it in the same place for me).

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    p.s. It is 2 seconds long
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  4.    15 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    Here's something I saved on this a long time ago that may be of interest (I'm not trying to directly answer your question):

    Saving your sounds and sound scheme
    To save your sound schemes, save one registry entry and the sound files.
    1. C:\Windows\Media
    By default, all system sounds are stored here.
    But they don’t have to be- each sound in each scheme could be in a unique location, as it has its own registry entry.

    2. Each sound scheme has a name under Control Panel, Sounds & Devices.

    3. Each element of each scheme has a registry entry

    Step 1. Make sure your sound scheme has a name
    Your current sound scheme may not have a name, so give it one if necessary.

    Step 2. Save your personal sound files somewhere other than your Windows Drive, say D:\My Sounds\

    Step 3. Open your Registry Editor - Start -> Run -> Regedit

    Step 4. Go to HKEY_CURRENT USER ---> AppEvents ---> Schemes

    This is where all your sound schemes, every key under .Default, Explorer, MSMSGMS, etc holds the location to your current sounds.

    Step 5. Right click on the "Schemes" main folder and Click on the Export option and save the Registry editor file.

    Step 6.
    Back up the sound files themselves.

    That’s it - Whenever you want to restore your sounds, with every new install or whatsoever, just double click the saved Registry File, click on Yes and voilà! It’s done.
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  5.    15 Feb 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Ok first of all I found all the sounds but now I'm having a problem with changing the correct sounds. Example when I get a tab sliding in from the right telling me about a new email for my windows 10 email it plays a sound but not the sound I set for my Desktop Mail Notification. Am I changign the wrong one or do I need to use a different program to be informed about my emails.

    I'm currently using the windows 10 mail app or progam. Its on my start and it shows some of the emails in the icon and it also says mail. I have 2 email accounts on the app so I can keep all of my emails handy. I have it set up the same way on my windows 10 phone.

    When I go to the email apps setting and select notifactions in the action center it shows show a banner and play a sound. I want to change that sound. And the only email app I'm using is the mail app. Is tere a way to find where this sound is stored so I can change it. Or is there away to make shore this is my default email app.

    Maybe that's why the sound did not change.
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