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

By 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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Right-click Start

by santeewelding In reply to How do I get the volume i ...

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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Hide Inactive is always unchecked

by JADavis9 In reply to Right-click Start

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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Control Panel/Sounds and Audio devices

by Slayer_ In reply to Hide Inactive is always u ...

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

Is this checked off?

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There is no "Place volume icon in taskbar" option

by JADavis9 In reply to Control Panel/Sounds and ...

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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You know where your control panel is right?

by Slayer_ In reply to There is no "Place volume ...

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.

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error when I check Place Volume Icon in Taskbar

by JADavis9 In reply to You know where your contr ...

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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Ron I tried this

by JADavis9 In reply to error when I check Place ...

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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Where in the instructions do you see system323?

by Ron K. In reply to error when I check Place ...

You have to follow the instructions from the beginning to the end or you are SOL!

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Huh? What?

by Kenone In reply to How do I get the volume i ...

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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