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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.
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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