Windows 7 plays sounds in response to a wide variety of events, such as when you log on, when you open or close programs, or when you type an asterisk. Programs you install, such as America Online, can have their own sounds as well. You can configure all of these sounds and manage them collectively using sound schemes. A sound scheme is simply a set of sounds that you want to use together.
Windows 7 has two standard sound schemes: No Sounds, which turns off all program sounds except the Windows Startup sound played when you log on; and Windows Default, which is configured to use the standard Windows sounds. Other sound schemes available typically depend on the Windows 7 edition your computer is running and the extras you've installed. Some of the available sound schemes include Afternoon, Calligraphy, Characters, Cityscape, Delta, Festival, Garden, Heritage, Landscape, Quirky, Raga, Savanna, and Sonata.
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