Windows 7, the operating system version that most people were using before Windows 8, came with a sound when you shut down the computer. That sound was removed in Windows 8, among plenty of other things, and is—surprisingly to so many due to their love of Windows 7 and disdain for Windows 8—still not back in Windows 10 by default.
You may, however, create a task using the Task Scheduler to get the sound back again so you hear when the computer is shutting down.
The Windows Shutdown sound has been disabled when a user selects the ‘Shut down’ option from the Power menu. You need to create an elevated task as a workaround to play a sound again.
How to Play Sound at Shutdown in Windows 10
You can play a sound when shutting down the computer from its locked state in Windows 10 by using the Task Scheduler and creating a new task for it. To do that, press the Windows logo + R keys to bring up the Run dialog box and then type “taskschd.msc” into Run’s available field and then click on the “OK” button.
You’ll now have the Task Scheduler windows open. Click on the “Task Scheduler Library” in the left pane and then click on the “Create Task” in the right side pane so you can begin creating a new task.
Where it says the “Name,” put “Play Shutdown Sound” so that you can easily identify it from the scheduler.
Also, make sure you click on the “Run with highest privileges” so there is now a checkmark in that box as you need to make sure this new task has the elevated level of permissions or else the sound won’t work.
At the very bottom of the window is the drop-won menu for “Configure for” that you now need to click and then select the “Windows 10” operating system from the list of options.
Next, click on the “Triggers” tab at the top of the window and then click on the “New” button to begin creating a new trigger—that’ll be what triggers the sound to begin.
From the “Begin the task” drop-down menu at the top of the window, select the “On an event” and then select “System” from the “Log” drop-down menu and type “1074” in the “Event ID” field. Now click on the “OK” button at the bottom of the window.
Now select the “Actions” tab at the top of the window and then click on the “New” button to begin creating a new action that allows you to add the argument.
From the “Action’ drop-down menu, make sure it is set to “Start a program.”
Then type “PowerShell” in the field under where it says “Program/script.”
Now next to where it shows the empty box next to “Add arguments,” copy and paste the following:
-c (New-Object Media.SoundPlayer 'C:\Windows\Media\Windows Shutdown.wav').PlaySync();
Click on the “OK’ button to close the “New Action” window.
Select the “Conditions” and remove the checkmark from the box that says “Start task only if the computer is on AC power” under the “Power” heading and then click on the “OK” button at the bottom of the window.
You’ll now be prompted to enter your password for your user account to confirm you are the person attempting to create this new task. Once you’ve done that, it is all set and ready to go.
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