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    Feb 2003

    I have an interesting question for all of you gurus

    alright I have a question for all of you and I would appreciate any help with it. they box is a p4 2ghz. 512 ram, xp home with sp2 and upto date on all updates. it is a fresh reinstall and I have no volume control in the task bar, I got to sounds speech and audio under the control panel, click on sounds and audio, check "place volume icon in taskbar" then I get an error saying I have to install it. how do I go about doing this?
    any help would be appreciated. thanx is advance.
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    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).

    Thats what MS says, try it and get back at us

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    Just had this problem myself. You need to grab the file (sndvol32.exe) from your installation CD and put in the system32 directory. You may need to unpack it if your backup copy of windows is on a separate partition of your hard drive. If you google the exact error message, you will find articles on how to do this.

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    Feb 2003
    alright it works now thankyou very much copyright, you helped out verymuch.

    now I one ore error. on the addremove list, there is a huge blank spot between one program and another, and it would be like 400 or 500 pages ? any ideas ?
    Life\'s a Dream, Wake Up!!!!!!!!!! -Zelfaldor

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