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How to change the sound for alarms in Workstation


Potential for Data Loss: The steps detailed in the resolution of this article may result in a loss of critical data if not performed properly. Before beginning these steps, make sure all important data is backed up in the event of data loss. If you are unsure or unfamiliar with any complex steps detailed in this article, please contact Product Support Services for assistance.


You want to change the sound that is played in Workstation when an audible alarm is triggered




The alarm sound is hardcoded to the file C:\Windows\Media\notify.wav, and can't be changed from Workstation.


The solution is to replace the notfify.wav file with another wave file. Please be aware that if the file is deleted, Workstation will crash when an alarm triggers. To change the file, you need to take over the ownership of the file as described here. The procedure is also described below.

1: Browse to the folder C:\Windows\Media

2: Right click the file "notify.wav" and click "Properties"

3: Click "Advanced"

4: Click "Edit"

5: Select "Administrators" and click "Save"

6: You get the following dialog. Click "OK", and close the properties.

7: Open the properties again, and set the "Administrators" group to have full control

8: Now rename the "notify.wav" file, and paste the wave file you want into the Media folder and rename it to "notify.wav"

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