[Solved] System Icons Like Volume, Power or Network Icon Do Not Appear Under Notification Area

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on August 7, 2012

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There are times when you may not see the volume icon in windows under system tray in taskbar as this problem is quite common from the time when most of us used windows xp, although the reason behind this problem is different in xp but this issue appears in windows 7 and vista running computes as well.

Volume, Power or Network Icon Do Not Appear

For some users using windows 7 or vista on their computers, when they did not see the volume icon in system tray and they tried adding the same they received the error message 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 Control Panel.” and some other users faced the problem but when they restart the computer, the icons in the notification area are missing but If they log off and log on with the same user account, the icons appear including volume, taskbar and power etc.

Note: For most of the users this problem goes away when they restart their computer, but you can actually solve this without restarting

Cause Behind Volume Icon Not Displayed In Taskbar

There are two possible reasons why Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar is that either the volume icon has not added to the notification area or has been removed by virus or other program or in some cases the system file for volume – Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing.

Solutions To Fix Volume Icon Not Visible In Taskbar in Windows

There are different solutions to this problem as per different versions of windows like xp, vista and windows 7 or windows 8.

For XP Machine

Go to Start Menu >> Control Panel

Select the Sounds and Audio Devices icon in the Control Panel. If you don’t see the icon, you may be in Category View then Switch to Classic View to locate it.

Now click the volume tab – click the option to check the checkbox which says “Place volume icon in the taskbar” – even if it already checked then uncheck it and then check it and click apply button to immediately show the volume icon in taskbar.

Note If you have already tried to add the Volume icon and received an error, skip this section and go to method 2.

Method 1: Add the Volume icon

To add the Volumeicon to the notification area of your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:mmsys.cpl
  3. Click to select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
  4. Click OK.

If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area of your computer, you are finished. If you cannot add the Volume icon or if you receive an error message when you try to add it, the Sndvol32.exe file might be damaged or missing. Go to method 2.

Method 2: Save a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file on your hard disk

If the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing, you must extract a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer’s hard disk.

Prerequisites For The Above Method

This method requires you to have your Windows XP installation CD.
Note If you do not have access to the Windows XP CD that contains the installation files, ask the network administrator for help if the computer is at your workplace, or contact Support

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Copy Sndvol32.exe From Windows XP Setup CD

To extract a copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer’s hard disk, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer’s CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:cmd

    The command prompt opens.

  4. Type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press ENTER. For example, if your computer’s CD drive is drive E, type the following, and then press ENTER:e:
  5. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:cd i386
  6. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe

    Note system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located on your computer. This is usually C:\Windows. If the folder that contains the Windows system files on your computer is C:\Windows, type the following, and then press ENTER:

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

    Note There is a space between “ex_” and “c:\windows” in this command.

  7. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

For Vista and Windows 7

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box or the Search 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, click the IconStreams registry entry.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  5. In the Details pane, 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:
    1. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
    2. On the Processes tab in Task Manager, click the explorer.exe process, and then click End Process two times.
    3. On the File menu, click New Tasks (Run), type explorer, and then click OK.
    4. Exit Task Manager.
  9. If you are running Windows 7, follow these additional steps:
    1. Click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.
    2. Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.
    3. Click OK, make sure that the behaviour for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK.

If the above procedure seems difficult, then you can also try the automatic Microsoft Fix it tool for this problem to display the icons like volume, network or power.

For Vista 

If you are using vista, then you can follow these fixes by Vista 64 Forum – it will help you bring back any icon missing in system tray in vista

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