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Video: Evolution of Windows' startup music


From Windows 95 all the way to Vista, each incarnation of the ubiquitous Microsoft OS has had its own signature startup chime (which, if you were prone to crashing the system, you heard awfully often). Take a trip down painful memory lane with this quick video snippet of every Windows startup jingle we've gotten to know and loathe over the last decade.

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Geko
Geko

After loading Windows XP on my umpteenth rebuilt, I realized that the installation music is very similar to the harmony part of "Come to my window" by Melissa Etheridge. Maybe I?m imagining things? Just the name seems to be too much of a coincidence.

meh91956
meh91956

I still like Windows XP the best!

robbie
robbie

Thanks so much for the trip down the memory lane of Windows startup music. I found it very enjoyable.

RknRlKid
RknRlKid

Not necessarily in the start-up sound itself, but that it was written by Brian Eno (ex-Roxy Music, experimental musician and producer of U2).

itsds
itsds

Search the web for tada.wav - this belonged to Windows 3.xx - definitely the ultimate in startup sounds :-)

suziep12
suziep12

Of all the selections, including Vista, I would have to say that the Windows 95 was my [sic]favorite if you could have a "favorite". The fact that it was written by an actual musician might explain why.

ffiloseta
ffiloseta

At least within XP. Just go to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sounds, then search Start Windows within the program events, click on it and then form the combobox labeled Sounds, look for tada.wav. To the right of the combobox is a play button that will let you preview the awesome tada! sound ;)

ffiloseta
ffiloseta

At least within XP. Just go to Control Panel -> Sounds and Audio Devices -> Sounds, then search Start Windows within the program events, click on it and then form the combobox labeled Sounds, look for tada.wav. To the right of the combobox is a play button that will let you preview the awesome tada! sound ;)

Deejay54
Deejay54

Yah, I remember that well

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