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Enabling volume indicator in system tray via Group Policy Object Editor

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We have 160+ kiosks that are all at remote locations (1 kiosk at each location). They are all on our domain and I have all of the kiosks all in a group in active directory called "kiosks." I have applied  the group policy templates to the group and pretty much locked everything down on the kiosks. The only thing that I need to unlock is to get the volume indicator to show up in the system tray. I researched online and I found where you can change this through local group policies but do not see it on the group policy object editor. The kiosks are all running Windows XP SP3 and the domain server is Windows 2003 R2 SP2. I have included some screenshots of what I have. The 2 screenshots with group policy editor are from the server and the 2 screenshots of the desktop and start menu are from the kiosk.
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rza123,

Enable System Icons via GPMC

   1. Run GPMC
   2. Expand the tree to go to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar.
   3. Change set the state value to Disable or Not Configured for the following group policies to enable showing or displaying of the icon in the notification area.

      Clock: Remove Clock from the system notification area
      Volume: Remove the volume control icon
      Network: Remove the networking icon
      Power (battery) Icon: Remove the battery meter
   4. Close the GPMC.
   5. Restart Explorer, Log off and log on again, or restart computer to make the change effective.

User who uses Windows without Local Group Policy Editor can modify the registry value via Registry Editor instead.

Turn On System Icons for Displaying or Showing via Registry

   1. Run Registry Editor (RegEdit.exe).
   2. Navigate to the following registry key:

      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
   3. Delete and remove the following registry values in the right pane:

      HideClock
      HideSCAPower
      HideSCAVolume
      NoAutoTrayNotify
      HideSCANetwork
      NoTrayItemsDisplay
   4. Then, navigate to the following registry key:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
   5. Again, delete any of the following registry values if found:

      HideClock
      HideSCAPower
      HideSCAVolume
      NoAutoTrayNotify
      HideSCANetwork
      NoTrayItemsDisplay
   6. Exit Registry Editor.
   7. Exit Explorer and restart, Logoff and login again, or reboot PC to apply the changes.


 
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by:rza123
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I navigated to where you stated, which was the same place I have been looking at. There is no settings for volume listed. Here is the screenshot of where you said to go. Those settings come up for local group policy editor on the kiosk but I don't want to have to do the "fix" on all 160+ kiosks individually.
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by:rza123
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This is the correct screenshot. Please ignore the previous screenshot.
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Sorry to lead you down the same rabbit hole, but try this:

Create a bat file called speaker.bat

Add the snippet of code

Ref for the registry (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_23613569.html)

Add the speaker.bat to Logon portion of you kiosk GPO.

Refresh the GPO on a kiosk

Logoff and log back in and see what that does..

ou_dober
@echo off
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Systray"
 /v Services /t REG_DWORD /d 1F /f

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rza123,

Any progress the with registry script?

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Sorry for the delay. I have been busy with other issues and Have not had a chance to try the batch file in the logon script. I will test it today and post the results. Thanks for your help.
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rza123,

Good morning. Any progress  with the registry script?  I am really interested to see if it resolves the problem.  Thanks

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This seemed to resolve the issue. Thanks!
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