View Full Version : How do I activate the Critical Battery and Low Battery audio alarms?

17-04-2009, 11:59 AM
Iím using Vista Home Premium SP 1 on my laptop and am fed up with the battery dying with little warning (the little symbols that appear over the battery icon in the system tray are not exactly attention grabbing).
In the default Windows sound system there are sounds allocated to Critical Battery and Low Battery alarms and these work when I press the test button. However when I open Power Options by right clicking the battery icon I canít see anywhere that allows me to enable the said alarms. Where should I be looking?

17-04-2009, 12:44 PM
Unfortunately vista cannot do this

You'll need to use a thrid party program:


17-04-2009, 02:17 PM
Hi Blam

Have you used this program personally and is it any good?

17-04-2009, 02:35 PM
Quite simple to use, does one thing really and that is play a wav when battery is low/critical

You'll need to add it to your startup by dragging it into your Startup folder


17-04-2009, 03:32 PM
OMFG even 98 has the battery low sounds etc :lol::p

17-04-2009, 05:04 PM
Windows 98 has a feature for that, but doesn't actually have sounds for it - it uses the ding.wav file. :p

17-04-2009, 07:08 PM
you can try my volt program, it will nag you at 20% to plug in
not sure if it will work properly on vista give it a shot

17-04-2009, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the input folks

Blam6 was right in his original post - see here: http://www.verboon.info/index.php/2008/12/no-battery-alarm-sound-on-vista-its-by-design/

Also thye little bit of software he suggested works a treat - you can even replace the .wav files with your own recorded voice ones - it'll drive my wife mad so the weekend's got off to a good start!!