How do I reinstall the SndVol32.exe file when I don't have the original Windows XP CD?

Trying to adjust volume and sound settings, in the Sound and Audio Devices Properties window, but whenever I click on the volume button, I get this error messages.  Seems that I need to get SndVol32.exe file installed again, but do not know how to do this.  I have a Sony Vaio Laptop, Model VGN-TX790P, Windows XP Professional, Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600. - Chuck
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johnb6767Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Do you have the I386 directory on the C:\ drive, since you dont have the CD?

If so, use this path instead of the one above...

start>run>cmd.exe

cd\
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ %systemroot%\system32\sndvol32.exe

Actually, see if a copy is present in c:\windows\system32\dllcache, and if so, copy it over the one in c:\windows\system32.....
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MereteCommented:
usually either a system restore or a system file checker can fix this

To fix this problem, you will have to replace the Sndvol32 file on your computer. It is not possible to download the file from the Internet. Therefore, you will have to extract it from the Windows XP installation CD-ROM. To do this, perform the following steps:

Open Start menu and select Run.
In the Open field type cmd and press Enter.
In the Command Prompt window that opens run the following commands.
Note: Press Enter after each command to execute them. Here, we are assuming that F is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.F:
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe
Type Exit and press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.
Verify the repair by ensuring that the Volume icon is visible in the System Tray and that you can use it to control sound and volume on your system.
From here
http://www.instant-registry-fixes.org/fixing-sndvol32exe-problems/


or use one of these reg fix please check the others too
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Sound Icon - Enable
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/systraysoundon.reg

371. Restore Sound - Windows Audio Service
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/audiosvr.reg

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ScurichAuthor Commented:
I don't have a directory i386 on my C: drive and there is no file in any directory that is sndvol32.exe or .ex_
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johnb6767Commented:
In that case I would see if you can get a copy from a friend....
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ScurichAuthor Commented:
I have a CD for my desktop computer that I suppose I could use.  I will try it on my laptop
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MereteCommented:
Did you try system restore?
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johnb6767Commented:
Worth a try....
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ScurichAuthor Commented:
How do I do a system restore?
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
go to start> all programs> accessories> system tools> system restore
also located ijn the advanced options, to access that reboot atp F8 continously in here Safemode is listed at the top of the list look down to " Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)."
Windows XP Safe mode
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm

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MereteCommented:
Just to add you may not see this if you have your system files hidden.>there is no file in any directory that is sndvol32.exe


When you search for it beneath the search there is advanced options>include hidden files and folders Once it is located in the right panel, r/click on the sndvol32.exe > and run as.

I did a search for you and found it located in two places
C:\Windows\Prefetch
C:\Windows\System32

sndvol32.jpg
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MereteCommented:
Any progress?
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