Windows XP/Volume icon missing


Roni wrote at 2007-05-20 21:51:41
Thanks a lot this really worked for me

Walter wrote at 2007-10-13 06:19:32
I too lost volume icon. Found that sndvol32.exe somehow ended up in my i386 folder. I moved it to system32 folder, double clicked it, and all was well.  Hope this helps.

Yeahgrace wrote at 2008-04-11 10:53:18
If these still don't work for you, it's most likely that the file extension for sndvol is not right. For me it was sndvol.ex_ (when I copied it from the windows CD), while it should be .exe to work. So need to go to Tools->Folder Options->Open the View tab and uncheck the option of "Hide extensions for known file types". then change the .ex_ to .exe, then it should work.

carolsan wrote at 2009-04-13 19:39:25
It is a Windows Component checkbox on Control Panel after all, I don't know which one so I clicked them all all viola the megaphone appeared on my desktop after spending a day trying all sorts of Regs and Expands, etc.

plan wrote at 2009-04-19 17:50:22
Thanks to the post I solved the sndvol32.exe problem.

I freshly re-installed the Dell laptop just to solve the sound driver issue.

Now I think that either the Dell Windows XP Home OEM is defective, or the SigmaTel audio driver provided on Dell Support website is defective.

God knows what more files could be missing!

mm wrote at 2009-05-27 16:36:45
Michael, I got the same problem at first. The solution is to type:

expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe  

and NOT:

expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe  

Unknow wrote at 2009-11-08 14:30:31
I had the same problem. I did a quick search for "SndVol32.exe download" on the net and found this helpful page . It should answer all your problems.

Lithers wrote at 2009-12-01 02:47:54
Running XP Home (SP3)

Problem :

Lost Sound Icon in System Tray

Played Some sounds and Not Others

Some sound in WMP, no sound on UTube or other apps.

No Start Up/Log Off Default Sound

No Alert Sounds

For the last 2 days I have searched the web trying to find a solution to this problem. I have updated drivers, ripped the soundvol.exe file out of the XP Disc, tried numerous other tweaks and finally I have found a solution that actually worked.

When I opened the Drivers32 Regestry Key in regedit, I noticed there was only 1 value and I could not alter or open it. This Registry entry should have a good number of driver value entries in it such as midimapper, wavemapper etc but they were not there. Therefore I realised I needed to alter the permissions to this key and try to reconfigure what I thought were my lost drivers.

However I realised they were not lost but instead a malicious script had altered the permissions making the registry entry look empty. I simply removed the permissions the malware added and the drivers all re-appeared as soon as I closed the permissions box.


Open the Registry : Start, Run, enter "regedit", click ok.

In Registry - Navigate to Drivers32 key.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Drivers32

Right click on the Drivers32 Registry Folder, then click on "Permissions".

Remove all the permissions for Drivers32 for ALL users and then press "Apply". You will see that all the drivers, codecs etc for Drivers32 will re-appear.

Reboot and your system will have all its sounds back. I was so relieved when I turned the system off to hear the defeault log off sound nice and loud. As the system started again I was more relieved to hear the start up sound also. Now all my sound programs are working again and all the sounds that were lost are now back.

I am sure this will help all those out there who were as frustrated with this as I was.


Western Armo Shalik wrote at 2010-02-26 07:28:06
Worked for me. This file with the extension EX_ is in the I386 folde in the C directory. Copy it to the system32 folder in the C:\Windows folder and change the extension to exe, double click on this executable and voila, it should work. When you go to control panel, audio devices and properties and tick the show volume control in taskbar icon, your volume icon should be back on the taskbar.

Mr T wrote at 2010-08-27 17:25:49
SIMPLE fix,  copied the sndvol32.exe from another computer to this one's system32 folder.  Enabled it fine.

AttilaNY wrote at 2011-02-03 00:40:40
I had the same problem. After searching on the net for a solution and not finding a working one, I made a system restore. It worked for me, it should even in XP. Start menu, help and support, type system restore, NOT SYSTEM RECOVERY!!!!!!!!!!!!, the help and support will tell you how to do it. When you get to the point to choose the proper restore point, pick one when you are sure your volume icon still was on the notification bar. Good luck.

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CybeRider wrote at 2013-10-18 15:26:46
AVAST users may wish to tick an option in antivurus program settings for it to delay the loading of avast services for after other system services. After an entire week of tweaking and struggling around windows registry that was the simple solution.  

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