First, do a search for a file named "sysoc.inf". It resides in the "C\Windows\INF" folder. Double click on the file to open it, (it should open in Notepad) then look to the middle of the text and find the line that says:
Edit the text so it reads like this. (Remove the HIDE):
Save the changes by clicking on File in the upper left, choose "Save".
Now open the Control Panel-Add-Remove Programs section and click on the "Add/Remove Windows Components" button on the left side of the screen. When that opens, highlight the "Accessories and Utilities" listing, then click "Details" button. Now click on the "Multimedia" listing (which is what you just "un-hid"), then click on the "Details" button. You'll see the "Sound Recorder" option listed. If it's unchecked, place a check mark in it, click on OK, , Next, etc. and it should reinstall. If it happens to have a check mark in it, uncheck it, uninstall it, then reboot the computer, return to the same location and place a check mark back in it. You might need the XP CD to reinstall.
Hope this helps.
Where in XP can I reinstall Sound Recorder? It's not listed anymore in the Add\Remove Programs/Windows Components area like it used to be.
One of my daughter's SIL's has what I believe to be a corrupt SAPI component because when she opens Sound Recorder, the buttons are all missing to press to record, play, back, forward. She has the toolbar in the window, the sound display area, and the slider, but can't do anything else.
The mike is hooked up correctly and it works perfectly using the Sound/Audio/Test, but as soon as you close that window, the mike no longer works through the speakers and Sound Recorder is missing 'parts' of itself.
I've had her check in the Sound Properties to make sure that the mike is checked for both playback and recording (should I try unchecking it in playback?) and it's not muted. It has an on/off button on the mike and it's turned on or the TEST wouldn't have worked; it's also plugged into the sound card properly or it wouldn't have worked during the TEST either.
MSKB offers some solutions; however, the only one that seems to apply at this point is that the SAPI component is corrupt and says to install from the 'source cd'. I've uninstalled her on-board RealTek AC-97 components in Device Manager, rebooted, and XP detected and reinstalled everything and all sounds work correctly. Considering that Sound Recorder is actually a windows components, I figure the 'source' would be XP itself, but I'm stumped on where to find the component to reinstall it.
Can you shed some light here? W98SE was sooooo much easier to troubleshoot..........grrrrrrr