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Solved: sound control absent from taskbar

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I recently put in a new hard drive in my dell e521 dimension desktop. Windows xp sp3 is my op system. I try to check the box to show sound control in taskbar but i get an error message there is no control installed and it needs to be installed. I reinstalled my audio drivers on the dell resource disk but get the same message. any ideas?
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I found the answer by doing a search in bing. It worked. I will post it here in case anyone else has this problem. Breck537

This behavior can occur if the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing.
To resolve this issue, extract a new copy of Sndvol32.exe from the Windows XP compact disc to the system_root\System32 folder on your computer's hard disk. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent it from starting automatically.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
4. Type the following lines at the command prompt, pressing ENTER after each line, where CD-ROM drive is the drive letter of the computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM, and system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located (generally C:\Windows):
CD-ROM drive:
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe

Note that there is a space between "ex_" and "system_root" in this command.
For example, if your computer's CD-ROM drive is drive E, and the folder that contains the Windows system files is C:\Windows, type the following lines at the command prompt (pressing ENTER after each line):
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
5. Type exit to quit the command prompt.
6. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area (if you selected this option).
By default, the Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area in Windows XP.
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