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Where is the sound folder in Windows 7? (System sounds "Media" folder location)

By default, Windows 7 uses a sound for some of your computer's activities, called "system sounds" - when Windows starts, for example, it makes a sound, and the same holds true when you plug or unplug new hardware, receive a new email, lock your PC, etc. But where is the system sound folder that contains all these sound files? This tutorial answers the question about this system folder location, and clarifies some confusion about the role of the sound folder, or "Media" folder, as it is actually called.


Locate the system sounds folder in Windows 7

Here are easy steps to follow to open the sound folder in Windows Explorer:

Adding custom sound files to the Media folder

Note that while the system sounds are located in a special, operating system folder (the Media folder), you can still add your own sound files to the folder's content, and use them as Windows event sounds - just keep in mind that Windows 7 will only let you pick WAV files as system sounds. (You can do an online search to find MP3 to WAV converters, if needed.)

Tip: Now that you know exactly where the Windows sounds folder is located, here is a quicker way to open your Media folder in the future: hold down the Windows logo key and press "R" to open the "Run" dialog. Then, type "media" inside the text field, and hit Enter: Windows 7 will directly open the sound folder in Windows Explorer!

Note of caution with system folders (like the Media sound folder)

The location of the sound folder is the same for all users, which implies two things: first, all user profiles use the same group of sound files; second, if you move or delete a sound file, it will be unavailable to all Windows users sharing your computer.

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