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Do you have Windows 7? If so, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of your desktop (try right-clicking the time/date), where the icons for volume control, wireless, battery, etc... should be and select Properties. You should then see a screen where you can turn on/off the icons/notifications for battery power (sometimes my volume control disappears and i have to do this.
Otherwise you can go here, Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons and you should find the same thing. Then just turn on your battery power icon/notifications.
Hope this helps.
This is a simple fix in windows vista or windows 7. hit the keys CTRL+ALT+DELETE simultaneously and release. The screen that comes up click on Start Task Manager.
In the task manager window click on Processes Tab. Look for explorer.exe and highlight it and click End Process. Click Yes to stop it. When it is gone from the list, click the Applications tab and click on New Task. In the run box that pops up, type in explorer.exe and click OK or hit Enter. Once your task bar and icons repair look in the system tray area by the clock and the missing icons should now be there.
The on-screen volume control icon on the Taskbar can be restored as follows....
1. right-click on a blank spot on the Taskbar
2. click on Properties at the bottom of the resulting pop-up window
3. in the Notification area of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window
4. click the Customize button beside the check-marked Hide inactive icons
5. in Customize Notifications, grab the slider bar on the right side and slide down
6. click on the row with the Name "Volume" and on its Behavior click v and set it to Always show
On Windows Vista/7: Right-click the taskbar and select "Properties." The list of system
icons in the "Notification Area" tab includes the power icon. Check the
box next to it to enable this icon in the taskbar.
On Windows XP: Right-click a blank area on the Desktop and select "Properties." Go to Screen Saver and click on Energy. In Advanced Option you could check the checkbox so the icon will re-appear in the task bar.
First, right click on the taskbar and select Properties from the right click menu.
Alternatively, you can go to the Control Panel and type the word 'taskbar' in the search box from the upper-right side. Once the search results are loaded, click on the link that says 'Customize icons on the taskbar'.
The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will show up on your screen. Here, go to the tab called Notification Area. In the System icons section check the Volume box and click on OK.
The Volume Mixer icon will now show up in the notification area of your taskbar
I hope that this information was helpful and thank you for contacting the experts.
I don't know if this will work with Vista but in Windows 7 you can go to the speaker icon in the taskbar and click on the icon above the volume control. This will take you to the sound properties. Click the levels tab and mute the PC speaker. This worked for me.