How do I restore my "Volume Control" icon in my my System Tray?

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
It was there a week and a few reboots ago. It disappeared with no obvious reasons. I can't restore it as check box is disabled. Please see the attached image.
Windows Vista.  My 2 years old "3 z Cinema" speakers from SRS fine but I have to control volume by remote control rather than  with my mouse.

Please advise.

Question by:midfde
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    This seems to be a similar issue. Not sure if you can do this stuff but.....
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    If  I understand correctly, you will need to go to control panel,  open Sounds and Devices, then check the box that says, place Volume icon on Task bar.

    I don't use vista but should be there in control panel.
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    you will need to go to control panel,  open Sounds and Devices, then check the box that says, place Volume icon on Task bar. If it doesn't allow you to do so you may need to replace the current driver from the installation media. or check to see if there is a microsoft fixit utility available.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Much better than other answers.
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    Author Comment

    I can't "open Sounds and Devices" becuse this item is not there.
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    Author Comment

    "System Restore" did the trick.

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