Windows 10: Ex-Microsoft Counts Why Startup Sound Is Inactive | Applications and Software

If you have a notebook with Windows 10, you may have already noticed (or will notice now) that the operating system does not play any sound at startup, a feature that was standard in Windows 7 and earlier. Jensen Harris, former employee of Microsoft, explained why recently.

Notebook with Windows 10 (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Harris has long led the Windows User Experience (WUE) team. In a video posted on his YouTube channel during the end of May, the designer and engineer reveals that, at his decision, Windows 8 and later Windows 10 no longer came with startup sound enabled.

The feature exists and you can activate it at any time. But Harris and his team decided not to keep the startup sound as a default feature because of a shift in focus: when Windows 8 was developed, the number of users who prioritized notebooks over desktops was already quite impressive.

While Microsoft focused on adapting Windows to a “mobile-first” approach (which prioritizes notebooks, 2-in-1 notebooks and the like), Harris realized that the startup sound might be inadequate in the new reality.

Laptops and the like expand the possibilities of using the computer. The user can open his notebook in bed, at night, or on a plane trip, for example. In circumstances like these, the startup sound can be inconvenient or even annoying.

Harris gives an example based on his own experience. In the video, he says that he needed to take care of his newborn baby in one night and, in the meantime, he wanted to access the internet. However, he didn’t remember about leaving his notebook in silent mode. There was a 50% chance that he would turn on the equipment and the startup sound would wake up the child, therefore.

Although Harris could solve this problem with headphones, he realized that the startup sound was useless, at least on laptops and the like, which is why this feature was disabled from Windows 8.

The majority of PCs sold were laptops or netbooks and that percentage increased each year. With mobility came different situations. PCs being used in places that weren’t common when Windows 3.1 came along, like the bedroom or the couch.

Jensen Harris

Microsoft even considered reintroducing the boot sound in Windows 8, but dropped the idea because engineers were concerned about cutting non-essential features that could increase the operating system’s boot time, especially in the ARM version.

How to enable startup sound

My main PC is a Windows 10 desktop. Startup sound is enabled, but I don’t remember ever making this setting, which makes me suspect that desktops might turn on the feature by default or maybe it’s an effect. of the fact that this installation has a license migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Be that as it may, be aware that you can enable the startup sound in Windows 10. To do this, you just have to right-click on the audio icon in the right corner of the Taskbar, choose Open Sound Settings and go on Sound Control Panel (scroll for this).

In the window that appears, go to the tab sounds and check the option Play Windows Startup Sound.

Enabling startup sound on Windows 10 (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

Enabling startup sound on Windows 10 (image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

As you do this, you might notice that in Windows 10 this sound is the same as in Windows Vista and 7. Harris comments that when Windows 8 was being developed, a new startup sound was being prepared, but like the feature did not go forward, that task was left out. Anyway, he promises to release the sound that would be used in Windows 8 soon.

With information: Windows Latest.

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