Like Vista, Win 7 doesn't offer a way to change the stupid startup sound to something more appropriate. A Google search led me to this trick posted on this WinVistaClub forum. How to change Windows Vista's startup sound. - Windows Vista Help Forum The method described seems to work for Win 7 as well. To avoid permission issues with replacing a system file with a modified system file I simply created the new .dll using the method described above. ResHacker automatically creates a backup of the original .dll as well as the new one. Win 7 won't let you replace the old .dll with the new .dll created by ResHacker. I simply saved the new .dll to a thumb drive and booted into Ubuntu Intrepid (I have several Linux distros multibooted with both XP and Win ) and mounted my Win 7 partition. I was then able to replace my old imagere.dll with the new one. Now instead of the inane Win 7 startup sound my computer now starts with the more appropriate (IMHO) Homer Simpson saying "to start press any key, where's the anykey?!" As an added benefit the sound plays at the point in the boot process when Win 7 is fully up and functional. In my case that is 45 to 48 seconds after choosing Win 7 from my boot menu. Cool. Of course your "mileage may vary".