Volume Control missing in windows 7, XP and vista – Fix it

By Techblissonline Staff Updated on 25th July 2014 Filed Under: Windows Tips

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Is the volume control missing or has disappeared in your windows XP or windows 7 or vista? Don’t you find the volume control icon in XP taskbar or in the notification area of windows 7 or vista? Here is how you display the icon in windows

If you are like me who listens to a lot of music and watches movies on the PC, then volume control in windows is a a frequently used utility to adjust the the sound volume.By default, you may find the volume control icon on the taskbar in windows xp and in the notification area on the lower-right corner of the screen, in windows 7 and windows vista.But what if you do not find the volume control icon in taskbar of windows xp or in the notification area of windows 7 or vista?

Volume Control icon is missing in windows XP Taskbar

If you do not find the volume control icon on the taskbar, here is how you add it to the taskbar to adjust the volume for your audio devices using the shortcut icon.You thereby don’t have to go into Sounds and Audio Devices in Control Panel, each time you want to adjust the sound volume.

  • 1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  • 2. Click Sound, Speech, and Audio Devices.
  • 3. Under Pick a task, click Change the speaker settings.
  • 4. In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties dialog box, on the Volume tab, select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box, and then click OK.

Now, whenever you want to adjust the volume in windows XP, click the volume control icon and move the slider.Isn’t that simple and easy to adjust sound volume?

Volume Control icon does not appear in the notification area in Windows 7 or in vista

If you have a PC running Windows 7 or vista and if Volume Control icon do not appear in the notification area in the lower-right corner of the screen, then do the following.

  • Click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.
  • Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.
  • Make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK.

When you install windows 7 on your PC, the check boxes for the volume control, Network, and Power System icons are selected, by default, on the Notification Area tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. You may sometimes notice that they are not selected. The network, volume, and power features function correctly even though their associated icons do not appear in the notification area.Are you wondering why does this happen?

When you first start a computer (new computer), the operating system typically runs start up service initializations that may take from one to six hours to finish, depending on which applications are preloaded on the computer. you must make sure that you give the operating system sufficient time to finish these start up service initializations before you shut down or restart the computer. The above issue usually occurs if the PC is shut down or restarted before windows 7 or vista has finished initializing all the background services, before it is restarted.

If you gave your computer, running windows 7 or vista, enough time to finish the start up service initializations before you restarted it, and one or more of the system icons like volume control icon etc. still do not appear in the notification area after the restart, you can make them reappear by deleting two sub-keys from the registry.

Microsoft has offered a “Fix it” to do this fix automatically. click this Microsoft fix it link, click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the wizard. Though the wizard is in English, the fix works for windows in other languages too.

If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix, from the above link, to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

If you prefer to edit the registry manually, then follow the steps mentioned below.But you must back up the registry before you do the edits as you may need it to restore the registry if a problem occurs due to incorrect editing.

  • 1. Click Start , type regedit in the Start Search box or the Serach programs and files box, and then press ENTER. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  • 2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
  • 3. In the Details pane of windows registry, click the IconStreams registry entry.
  • 4. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  • 5. In the Details pane of windows registry, click the PastIconsStream registry entry.
  • 6. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  • 7. Exit Registry Editor.
  • 8. Restart the Explorer.exe process. To do these, follow these steps:
    • Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
    • On the Processes tab in Task Manager, click the explorer.exe process, and then click End Process two times.
    • On the File menu, click New Tasks (Run), type explorer, and then click OK.
    • Exit Task Manager.

If you are running windows 7, then carry out the following steps after making the registry fix detailed above.

  • Click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.
  • Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.
  • Make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK.

That is all! Now you will have the volume control icon in the most convenient location of windows, to adjust sound volume. If none of the above works, try running this automated Microsoft solution to fix it – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945011.

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11 Responses to “Volume Control missing in windows 7, XP and vista – Fix it”

  1. Volume Control icon is sill missing in windows XP Taskbar.

    I did recheck the box “Place volume icon in the taskbar” as it was already checked, but the volume icon is still missing.
    The problem persist for more than 3 months. At that time no new software was installed except for Windows XP upgrades.

  2. Is your sndvol32.exe corrupted? Have you tried replacing the sndvol32.exe file in C:WINDOWSsystem32 folder?

    You can get one from here – www.relaxingsoftware.com/sndvol32.exe and place it in system32 folder. Then recheck the box “Place volume icon in the taskbar”.

  3. hey, I have a xps m1330 currently running windows 7. The steps that are explained here get me to the right place, but when i try to turn the volume icon on it doesn’t allow me to access the drop down to turn it on or off. It is the only icon that is fixed at off.

    Any help would be much appreciated

  4. Are you logging into windows 7 with administrative privileges?

  5. yes I am logging in with administrator privileges.

  6. Have you checked gpedit.msc? Type it in Start > “search programs and files” and hit ENTER.
    Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar and double click “Remove the volume control icon”. If it is enabled, disable it.

  7. when i type in gpedit.msc nothing appears…it says there are no items that match your search

  8. That is strange. What is the windows 7 edition you use? Is it the Home edition?
    Type regedit and press ENTER. Then navigate to this registry entry – HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer!HideSCAVolume and see what the value is. if you don’t find Explorer!HideSCAVolume, then there is nothing set in group policies and you shouldn’t have any issues.

    It could be that some other program is hiding the volume control icon. It should be related to audio but it would be difficult for me to identify it. Check whether you have volume control provided by any other program.

    The easiest solution is to run this Microsoft fixit – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/945011.

  9. Thanks mate! It worked on my Vista Business.

  10. Thanks a million. The Microsoft fixit worked a charm on windows 7 ultimate

  11. thank you very much sir!

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