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November 18, 2006

Windows Vista Startup Sound

I had been hearing for some time about the “Windows Vista Startup Sound”, that there would be a sound file that would play every time Vista started up. Not the usual “Log Onto Windows” sound that plays when you get into your computer, but a different one, earlier in the bootup process. And for a while this sound was going to be mandatory in Vista, but there was a bit of an outcry, so they put in a checkbox to let you turn it off. But you can’t change it; there is one built-in sound, and supposedly their whole marketing campaign is going to be built around this sound. This will be the Windows sound. It took 18 months of work to get the sound just right, and you’re going to be hearing it “everywhere”.

So why, then, is it so lame?