Skip to comments.The Vista Startup Sound: You Can't Turn It Off
Posted on 09/01/2006 8:00:46 AM PDT by steve-b
Hmm, this is interesting. According to prominent former Microsoftie Robert Scoble, Microsoft's current plan is to make the Windows Vista startup sound a) unchangeable and b) unmutable. The reason for "a" is branding. Having a unified startup sound on all Vista PCs serves Microsoft well, and Microsoft's Steve Ball says users will benefit....
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This better be a joke.
I cringe thinking this might be true. So much for ever starting a meeting or class on time. Blech.
Ah, but Vista will not metasticize into a cancer on any of my computers.
There will be a hack to mute/change it pretty quick, I'd guess.
I bet a 12-year-old computer nerd will find a way to turn it off within 12 hour of the release.
Linux, the ultimate windows service pack!!!!!!
What a pain that would be!
Time to buy a new computer with XP before Vista becomes required. Never, ever get the first edition of a Microsoft product.
It is going to stop you from starting up with the speakers off, too?
I'd turn my speakers off.
That's a good advertisement for a new OS -- sheesh!
I wonder about the branding value of the startup sound.
The only time I reboot my computer is when it crashes or when its operation has disappointed me in some respect and I think a reboot would help.
This is, of course, not my favourite time to use my computer and so it would be the last time I'd want to have a "branding experience".
Apple has a startup sound when the computer is turned on and passes initial checks. It's reassuring when your computer fails and you're not sure if it will come back up or not. (*)
If my memory serves, last time I used Windows, the startup sound actually was heard before the computer was fully awake and ready for use. I hope for the sake of Windows users that Vista has changed this.
I haven't used a Windows computer extensively in some years, having completely switched over to Apple some years back, so all this talk about Windows is pretty theoretical.
I will say that Vista's upgrade prices look ridiculous. I can't see buying an upgrade to Vista for $200 plus when I could buy a whole new computer for $299, and that computer would certainly run Vista a lot better than even a top-end Windows computer more than, say, six or so months old.
(*) The only time I had a major failure on an Apple computer was when I put bad memory in it. Let's just say that was a bad idea, not Apple's fault, and leave it at that. Don't buy cheapo memory and get burned like I did!
Yup. Got my new Windows XP machine up and running 'bout a month ago. Do NOT plan on upgrading it to Vista any time soon. Maybe in 3-4 years.
Whatever happened to looking at the monitor? I don't need a sound to tell me that something's wrong.
And I don't want my laptop making sounds at all -- they tend to occur in the quitest places.
Let's hope no one ever has an issue where the sound won't stop repeating.
You can always turn off your speakers.
Or as annoying as those informercials to not steal. Those are so lame!
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