How-To Create A Windows 7 Narrated Startup Greeting


When I was in grade-school, making your computer talk made you one of the “cool” kids during computer-lab class.  With Windows 7 you can make your computer do exactly that, and you can make it so that you hear this message whenever you log on to your computer.  Check out the guide below for details.

Step 1

Open Notepad.

Type the following into notepad:

Dim speak, speech
speaks=”Your Text Here
Set speech=CreateObject(“sapi.spvoice”)
speech.Speak speaks

In the second line you can place whatever text you would like the robotic narrator to say.  When testing this out, I went for a classic line.

create narrator text in windows 7

Step 2

Once you are done typing in your message Click the File menu and then Select Save As

save as notepad

Step 3

Browse to the following location, this is where you need to save your file.

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

The file needs to be shaved in the .vbs (visual basic script) format.  To do this just add .vbs to the end of the file name.  You can name the file whatever you like as long as it has .vbs at the end.

save as narrator .vbs (visual basic script)


Now whenever you turn on your computer you should hear the robot narrator.  Just think about the good fun in the office when used as a prank on an unsuspecting co-worker, there are so many possibilities!

You can also test out your file at any time by just running it.  For example since mine is called narrate.vbs, so I would just Click it to hear the robotic narration that I typed in.



  1. Erehwon

    October 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Tried it out, neat idea, doesn’t work.

    • Animis

      October 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      It worked for me, but I did have a little trouble at first. Turns out if you copy and paste the ” marks that they don’t work. You have to manually re-type in the ” (quotation) marks. Works fine after that.

  2. Brian

    October 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    It works, u just need to type everything manually. When copying and pasting u create blank spaces. believe me it really works…….GROOOOOOOOOOOOOVY!!!!

  3. Marjhun

    October 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    It works. Thank you so much. Can you teach me how to have a greetings when i will be shutting down the computer?

  4. Nicole

    January 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    It won’t work. I can’t find this appdata file or anything. Do i need to create it?

    • grooveDexter

      January 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      hmm for some reason the path was messed up in the article.
      fixed it.

      it should be
      %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

      If you are having problems finding it, by default AppData is a hidden system folder, so you’ll first need to set Organize > Folder & Search Options > Show hidden files, folders, and drives

      • Nicole

        January 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        There it goes! Thanks ton!

        • grooveDexter

          January 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

          Woohoo! Glad to help, thanks for pointing this out too!

          • Nicole

            January 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm

            Ok, another thing. When i tested it, there was no speaking. When my computer turned on, there was the normal start up sounds, then an error sign about how the file didnt work. I saved it as a .vbs

  5. Meeee

    August 26, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Is it possible to change the voice?

  6. Courtney

    November 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Thank you so much! It worked! I can’t wait to impress my friend with my new knowledge. =D

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