Here's one of too many.
In short for too many reasons SNDVOL32 goes missing.
Hope it's the usual.
Without any reason,the loudspeaker icon disappeared, I opened Control Panl, Sound and audio devices and checked "Place volume icon in the taskbar. A message appeared that says "Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the volume control program has not been hnstalled.To install it use Add/Remove Programs in control panel". The message did not explain where to find this program. I thought it may be within the sound card driver. I reinstalled the sound card driver. the loudspeaker icon appeared, but inactive. If I click it nothing happens. I thought that maybe the computer needs to restart. After restarting, the icon disappeared. I tried to update the driver but the version I have was the last one and no update is available. The sound is OK and the sound card icon is displayed in the taskbar and I can control the volume from it but with great difficulty. What should I do to get back the loudspeaker icon?
OS: Win Xp - SP3, Sound card: Realtek HD Audio.