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How do I get the volume icon back by the WinXP clock

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How do I get the volume icon back by the WinXP clock

JADavis9
My icon for adjusting speaker volume is missing down by the clock on my WinXP. What did I do to make it disappear and how do I get it to return? I hope I don't need to run the Windows CD since I am now Svc Pack 3 but the CD is only Svc Pack 2 and that has been an issue when I wanted to use it.
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    santeewelding

    Then, Properties. Muck around in there until you find, reclaim, and fix (make it stay put).

    Alternatively, expand the lower right end of the bar to see Hidden icons.

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    JADavis9

    I can't find anything in Properties like find or reclaim or fix it. Are you sure this is on WinXP? Please elaborate.
    When I right-click Start and choose Properties, I see Task Bar and Start Menu tabs. If I check the Hide Inactive Icons box on the Taskbar page, then it darkens and makes clickable Customize. If I click Customize, I see a list of possible Taskbar icons that are all marked Hide When Inactive. But none of these mention the volume or speaker icon. And the box on the preceeding screeen is always unchecked so that it won't ever hide any icons.

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    Slayer_

    About mid way into the first tab. It says
    "Place volume icon in taskbar"

    Is this checked off?

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    JADavis9

    Sorry but we must be on different operating systems. When I right click on Start and choose Properties in My WinXP, at the top in the Taskbar Appearance section I see a window with two tabs. Near the top offers Lock the Taskbar (checked), Auto-hide the Taskbar, Keep the Taskbar on top of other windows (checked), Group similar Taskbar buttons, and Show Quick Launch (checked).
    Then in the lower half of that tab display I see the Notification Area which has Show the clock (checked) and Hide Inactive Icons (unchecked as always)

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    Slayer_

    Or do you need video instructions?


    Click Start, Run. Alternatively, hold your Windows key and press R.


    Type this in
    ~~~~~~
    control mmsys.cpl sounds
    ~~~~~~
    And press enter. This will show you the proper screen with the checkbox.


    More info for you.
    http://en.kioskea.net/faq/659-activate-volume-control-in-the-taskbar

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    JADavis9

    When I go to Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices, it pops up a Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window and when I try to click the box to check Place Volume Icon in the Taskbar, it then pops a box saying Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed. To install it, use Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel.
    How do I do that?

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    JADavis9

    are all of those folders in WinXP? I see I386 and system32 in it but not system323. I am feeling lost ...

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    Ron K.

    ???<br>
    You have to follow the instructions from the beginning to the end or you are SOL!

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    Kenone

    go into your winnt or windows dir and find system32 folder. find sndvol32.exe. If it's there you should be able to just double click it. If it's not there follow the direx above to restore it from your CD it will be in the i386 directory. from a dos prompt (CMD)cd\ E:\i386 assuming E: is your CD drive if not type the correct drive letter. when you're at the "driveletter:\i386" prompt type;
    expand -r sndvol32.ex_ %systemroot%\system32
    viola - fixed

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    JADavis9

    Thanks Kenone for you patience! I don't know anything about doing a command session so I was getting hopelessly lost.
    The file sndvol32.exe is not in c:WINDOWS\system32 but I find something called SNDVOL32.EX_ in c:WINDOWS\I386. I tried double-clicking it and a small window box opens saying Windows cannot open this file. To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it. So I hi-lighted it and chose Move this file. It asks me where to copy it to and I selected c:\WINDOWS\system32 but of course (I tried), you still get that same error box when you try to double-click it while in that folder. In the folder when you look at the file it says Type EX_ File and is not listed as an Application like all other .exe files.

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    seanferd

    It needs to be expanded as Kenone states. You have to do it at a command prompt. It isn't that hard, really.

    Either click on the "cmd" or "command prompt" icon in your start menu, or type
    cmd
    in the Run box, click OK.

    You should now have a command prompt window to type in. It is likely set in you documents directory, so you need to change the directory to c:WINDOWS\I386. OK, bugger that. Get the command prompt open and copy this & paste it in, then hit Enter.

    expand -r %systemroot%\I386\sndvol32.ex_ %systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe

    Er, note that pasting is a bit different at the command prompt. You right-click the upper right corner of the title bar, select Edit, select Paste.

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    JADavis9

    I just need a little further help on how to use command prompt. Then I can Expand
    It does open with c:\Documents and Settings\Jeff>
    Please respond with specifics on how I change the directory to c:WINDOWS\I386 (or is there a \ after c:?)
    I understand that I type in cd to change directory but what do I put after the cd specifically?

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    seanferd

    It doesn't matter which directory the command prompt opens in right now, because I've included full paths in the command. Simply copy the command and paste it at the prompt.

    ((If you type in full paths, you don't need to change the prompt to one directory or the other which you are trying to manipulate. See: [expand -r] = command
    %systemroot%\I386\sndvol32.ex_ [one full path to source]
    %systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe [one full path to destination] ))

    Windows help has a lot of info on the command prompt and commands if you are interested.

    However, to change directories at the prompt you use the cd command (chdir/change directory. Surprise!) You then add the full path to which you wish to change. e.g.,
    cd C:\Program files will put the prompt in the Program files directory.

    If you wanted to simply go up one level from the current directory, use
    cd .. (that's 2 dots)
    That always goes up one level.

    There are also pre-defined system variables you can use. For instance, to get to the Windows directory, whatever it is named,
    cd %systemroot%
    Which gets me a prompt in C:\Winnt. Most of the time it is C:\Windows, but the directory name can vary.

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    JADavis9

    this is what I asked Sigma:
    Hello Sigma,
    Suddenly I have noticed that the Volume icon is missing down in the Task Bar next to the clock on my tablet pc with Windows XP. Maybe I changed some setting or deleted it?
    I would like some help getting it back in place. I have tried researching this and can't figure out what to do to fix this error.
    On my other pc, I clicked on that speaker Volume icon, and it opened a volume box and Sigma Tel Audio was written at the bottom. So I looked on this tablet pc and did a Search for any file with signa in the name and find sigmatel in c:Program Files and sigmatel_audio and sigmatelaudio in c:WindowsMotion (this is a Motion Computing tablet pc).
    My sound works fine so things are working. I would just like to get this volume control icon back. Could I please have some assistance?

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    * The Volume icon has not been added to the notification area of your computer. (The Volume icon is not displayed automatically when you first install Windows XP.)
    * The Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing.

    By default, the Volume icon is not displayed when you first install Windows XP on your computer. To resolve this problem, try to add the Volume icon to the notification area.

    Note If you have already tried to add the Volume icon and received an error, skip this section and go to method 2.

    Method 1: Add the Volume icon
    To add the Volume icon to the notification area of your computer, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
    mmsys.cpl
    3. Click to select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
    4. Click OK.

    If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area of your computer, you are finished. If you cannot add the Volume icon or if you receive an error message when you try to add it, the Sndvol32.exe file might be damaged or missing. Go to method 2.

    Method 2: Save a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file on your hard disk
    If the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing, you must extract a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer's hard disk.
    Prerequisites
    This method requires you to have your Windows XP installation CD.

    To extract a copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer?s hard disk, follow these steps:

    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
    2. Click Start, and then click Run.
    3. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
    cmd
    The command prompt opens.
    4. Type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press ENTER. For example, if your computer?s CD drive is drive E, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    e:
    5. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
    cd i386
    6. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
    expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe
    Note system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located on your computer. This is usually C:\Windows. If the folder that contains the Windows system files on your computer is C:\Windows, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
    Note There is a space between "ex_" and "c:\windows" in this command.
    7. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
    8. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area.

    Hope all goes well. :)

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    JADavis9

    Thanks so much for that detailed description of the fix. It worked. I tried Method 1 and it failed as before when I clicked the box saying Place Volume Icon ... and gave me an error saying Windows cannot display the volume control icon on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed.
    So I used your Method 2 and then went back and did Method 1 and the icon showed up! Cool!

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    JADavis9

    I am very sorry if I offended anyone. I really appreciate the help. I hope that I am still welcome here.

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    santeewelding

    You did.

    Take up study of the IT alphabet before you say another word here.

    You are beginning to sound like a sap.

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    JADavis9

    You say "Take up study of the IT alphabet before you say another word here. You are beginning to sound like a sap. "
    Please tell me what type of thing that I have said that I shouldn't have said. I want to follow the rules and I really appreciate any help that I get.
    I'm not sure if I did or said something to insult you personally or the group as a whole or any of the vendors who may read what I posted, but I am not wanting to cause problems.
    I am a 50 year old guy who has had a pretty successful career in the manufacturing industry and I have guided a small manufacturing company that I owned for 21 years into national dominance in it's industry. I have always been careful to treat people with respect and not insult. What have I written that was wrong in my postings here? If you think that what I have written was offensive to you or to others, then maybe I should just move on.

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    santeewelding

    The same way you guided your company into national dominance. You did not do that by standing on a street corner importuning passersby.

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    santeewelding

    Then, Properties. Muck around in there until you find, reclaim, and fix (make it stay put).

    Alternatively, expand the lower right end of the bar to see Hidden icons.

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    JADavis9

    I can't find anything in Properties like find or reclaim or fix it. Are you sure this is on WinXP? Please elaborate.
    When I right-click Start and choose Properties, I see Task Bar and Start Menu tabs. If I check the Hide Inactive Icons box on the Taskbar page, then it darkens and makes clickable Customize. If I click Customize, I see a list of possible Taskbar icons that are all marked Hide When Inactive. But none of these mention the volume or speaker icon. And the box on the preceeding screeen is always unchecked so that it won't ever hide any icons.

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    Slayer_

    About mid way into the first tab. It says
    "Place volume icon in taskbar"

    Is this checked off?

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    JADavis9

    Sorry but we must be on different operating systems. When I right click on Start and choose Properties in My WinXP, at the top in the Taskbar Appearance section I see a window with two tabs. Near the top offers Lock the Taskbar (checked), Auto-hide the Taskbar, Keep the Taskbar on top of other windows (checked), Group similar Taskbar buttons, and Show Quick Launch (checked).
    Then in the lower half of that tab display I see the Notification Area which has Show the clock (checked) and Hide Inactive Icons (unchecked as always)

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    Slayer_

    Or do you need video instructions?


    Click Start, Run. Alternatively, hold your Windows key and press R.


    Type this in
    ~~~~~~
    control mmsys.cpl sounds
    ~~~~~~
    And press enter. This will show you the proper screen with the checkbox.


    More info for you.
    http://en.kioskea.net/faq/659-activate-volume-control-in-the-taskbar

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    JADavis9

    When I go to Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices, it pops up a Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window and when I try to click the box to check Place Volume Icon in the Taskbar, it then pops a box saying Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed. To install it, use Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel.
    How do I do that?

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    JADavis9

    are all of those folders in WinXP? I see I386 and system32 in it but not system323. I am feeling lost ...

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    Ron K.

    ???<br>
    You have to follow the instructions from the beginning to the end or you are SOL!

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    Kenone

    go into your winnt or windows dir and find system32 folder. find sndvol32.exe. If it's there you should be able to just double click it. If it's not there follow the direx above to restore it from your CD it will be in the i386 directory. from a dos prompt (CMD)cd\ E:\i386 assuming E: is your CD drive if not type the correct drive letter. when you're at the "driveletter:\i386" prompt type;
    expand -r sndvol32.ex_ %systemroot%\system32
    viola - fixed

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    JADavis9

    Thanks Kenone for you patience! I don't know anything about doing a command session so I was getting hopelessly lost.
    The file sndvol32.exe is not in c:WINDOWS\system32 but I find something called SNDVOL32.EX_ in c:WINDOWS\I386. I tried double-clicking it and a small window box opens saying Windows cannot open this file. To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it. So I hi-lighted it and chose Move this file. It asks me where to copy it to and I selected c:\WINDOWS\system32 but of course (I tried), you still get that same error box when you try to double-click it while in that folder. In the folder when you look at the file it says Type EX_ File and is not listed as an Application like all other .exe files.

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    seanferd

    It needs to be expanded as Kenone states. You have to do it at a command prompt. It isn't that hard, really.

    Either click on the "cmd" or "command prompt" icon in your start menu, or type
    cmd
    in the Run box, click OK.

    You should now have a command prompt window to type in. It is likely set in you documents directory, so you need to change the directory to c:WINDOWS\I386. OK, bugger that. Get the command prompt open and copy this & paste it in, then hit Enter.

    expand -r %systemroot%\I386\sndvol32.ex_ %systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe

    Er, note that pasting is a bit different at the command prompt. You right-click the upper right corner of the title bar, select Edit, select Paste.

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    JADavis9

    I just need a little further help on how to use command prompt. Then I can Expand
    It does open with c:\Documents and Settings\Jeff>
    Please respond with specifics on how I change the directory to c:WINDOWS\I386 (or is there a \ after c:?)
    I understand that I type in cd to change directory but what do I put after the cd specifically?

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    seanferd

    It doesn't matter which directory the command prompt opens in right now, because I've included full paths in the command. Simply copy the command and paste it at the prompt.

    ((If you type in full paths, you don't need to change the prompt to one directory or the other which you are trying to manipulate. See: [expand -r] = command
    %systemroot%\I386\sndvol32.ex_ [one full path to source]
    %systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe [one full path to destination] ))

    Windows help has a lot of info on the command prompt and commands if you are interested.

    However, to change directories at the prompt you use the cd command (chdir/change directory. Surprise!) You then add the full path to which you wish to change. e.g.,
    cd C:\Program files will put the prompt in the Program files directory.

    If you wanted to simply go up one level from the current directory, use
    cd .. (that's 2 dots)
    That always goes up one level.

    There are also pre-defined system variables you can use. For instance, to get to the Windows directory, whatever it is named,
    cd %systemroot%
    Which gets me a prompt in C:\Winnt. Most of the time it is C:\Windows, but the directory name can vary.

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    JADavis9

    this is what I asked Sigma:
    Hello Sigma,
    Suddenly I have noticed that the Volume icon is missing down in the Task Bar next to the clock on my tablet pc with Windows XP. Maybe I changed some setting or deleted it?
    I would like some help getting it back in place. I have tried researching this and can't figure out what to do to fix this error.
    On my other pc, I clicked on that speaker Volume icon, and it opened a volume box and Sigma Tel Audio was written at the bottom. So I looked on this tablet pc and did a Search for any file with signa in the name and find sigmatel in c:Program Files and sigmatel_audio and sigmatelaudio in c:WindowsMotion (this is a Motion Computing tablet pc).
    My sound works fine so things are working. I would just like to get this volume control icon back. Could I please have some assistance?

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    * The Volume icon has not been added to the notification area of your computer. (The Volume icon is not displayed automatically when you first install Windows XP.)
    * The Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing.

    By default, the Volume icon is not displayed when you first install Windows XP on your computer. To resolve this problem, try to add the Volume icon to the notification area.

    Note If you have already tried to add the Volume icon and received an error, skip this section and go to method 2.

    Method 1: Add the Volume icon
    To add the Volume icon to the notification area of your computer, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
    mmsys.cpl
    3. Click to select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
    4. Click OK.

    If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area of your computer, you are finished. If you cannot add the Volume icon or if you receive an error message when you try to add it, the Sndvol32.exe file might be damaged or missing. Go to method 2.

    Method 2: Save a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file on your hard disk
    If the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing, you must extract a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer's hard disk.
    Prerequisites
    This method requires you to have your Windows XP installation CD.

    To extract a copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer?s hard disk, follow these steps:

    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
    2. Click Start, and then click Run.
    3. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
    cmd
    The command prompt opens.
    4. Type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press ENTER. For example, if your computer?s CD drive is drive E, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    e:
    5. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
    cd i386
    6. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
    expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe
    Note system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located on your computer. This is usually C:\Windows. If the folder that contains the Windows system files on your computer is C:\Windows, type the following, and then press ENTER:
    expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
    Note There is a space between "ex_" and "c:\windows" in this command.
    7. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
    8. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area.

    Hope all goes well. :)

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    JADavis9

    Thanks so much for that detailed description of the fix. It worked. I tried Method 1 and it failed as before when I clicked the box saying Place Volume Icon ... and gave me an error saying Windows cannot display the volume control icon on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed.
    So I used your Method 2 and then went back and did Method 1 and the icon showed up! Cool!

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    JADavis9

    I am very sorry if I offended anyone. I really appreciate the help. I hope that I am still welcome here.

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    santeewelding

    You did.

    Take up study of the IT alphabet before you say another word here.

    You are beginning to sound like a sap.

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    JADavis9

    You say "Take up study of the IT alphabet before you say another word here. You are beginning to sound like a sap. "
    Please tell me what type of thing that I have said that I shouldn't have said. I want to follow the rules and I really appreciate any help that I get.
    I'm not sure if I did or said something to insult you personally or the group as a whole or any of the vendors who may read what I posted, but I am not wanting to cause problems.
    I am a 50 year old guy who has had a pretty successful career in the manufacturing industry and I have guided a small manufacturing company that I owned for 21 years into national dominance in it's industry. I have always been careful to treat people with respect and not insult. What have I written that was wrong in my postings here? If you think that what I have written was offensive to you or to others, then maybe I should just move on.

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    santeewelding

    The same way you guided your company into national dominance. You did not do that by standing on a street corner importuning passersby.