"Low" and "Critical" battery alarms do not sound on a Windows Vista based computer

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Consider the following scenario.  When your computer's battery reaches low or critical levels, you only receive a pop-up balloon notification, and do not hear a sound file play.

You right-click on your desktop and click Personalize, then choose Sounds.  You observe that "Low Battery Alarm" and/or "Critical Battery Alarm" are configured to play a sound file.



 



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This behavior is by design.

The "Low Battery Alarm" and "Critical Battery Alarm" options in "Sounds" are not used by the battery meter in Windows Vista.  These options exist for third-party battery meter applications.

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Article ID: 950161 - Last Review: March 10, 2008 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
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