A recent battle wrestling my computer from the clutches of Microsoft having hijacked my Windows 7 machine and installing Windows 10 without my consent reminded me in some odd way of one of the simple joys I had of personalizing my computers sounds like I used to do.
Microsoft has really started getting aggressive in their pursuit of getting everyone to install Windows 10; they’re even making the upgrade free until some time in July. Uh huh; free comes at a cost. No thank you; I like this machine just the way I have it. Win 10 is not horrible, one of our other machines is a Win 10 machine, but this is my machine tweaked the way I want it so keep your dirty paws off it.
I’m a guy who doesn’t like my computers, any device really, making dinging, buzzing or any similar type of obnoxious sound; in fact one of the first things I have done when I get a new Windows system is head over to ‘Control Panel’, find the ‘Sounds’ section and basically deactivate all that dingy bingy bangy stuff.
Oh, sometimes I will switch something around with something else; I had a early Win 3.1 machine configured with all Star Wars sound bites. If, for instance, I attempted to perform some operation that Windows determined was a no-no, instead of that lame ding alarm sound, I had Darth Vader telling me “You have failed me for the last time!” Good times. Now days I keep things pretty quite but I have to admit a favorite for me to switch has been the ‘Recycle Bin’. On another computer I had years back I replaced the stock crumpling paper sound with the sound I had recorded of the toilet flushing in our state room aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.
The recycle bin, like pretty much everything else on this system, was rendered mute long ago but, after flexing my muscles and getting my machine back the way I wanted it I had an urge to change that today. I’m not sure just why, well maybe I do, but a scene from an old movie popped into my head as I watched my computer undo the Win 10 upgrade mess so I went to YouTube, found a clip that had that scene in it, edited everything else out, ripped the audio from it and set it up as the Recycle Bin sound:
Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is Dead…..!
I think it would also make an ideal sound for when your system is shutting down!
Have a Magical Day!!