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Unable to Expand a Folder from my XP CD that I NEED!

Problem: Lost My Sound Volume Control in Windows XP?
Did a Search, Windows Can't Find the Folder SndVol32.exe. I Located the Program on My XP/SP2 CD (SndVol32.ex_) apparently a Compressed Folder. I Tried to Initiate a "Expand" Command in DOS, so I could install into Windows/System32 as a ".EXE", But I can't seem to get it to do that. HELP. Is there a "Work-around" for this?
My OS: Windows XP Home Ed./SP3
My CD: Windows XP Home Ed./SP2

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  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jul 04, 2009

    The Problem is that this is a ".EX_" Compressed Folder, and Has to be Decompressed to Change it to a ".EXE" before it can be Installed.
    As I stated my OS is SP3, and My CD is a OEM SP2 Windows won't Install it anyways, Unless I want to start from scratch, and Completely Un-Install a Ton of Programs.
    Therefore, I need to find a Way to Run this in "CMD" to Expand the Folder and Install Directly to my C-Drive.

  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jul 07, 2009

    Well I tried the Command Versions, and Typed it in EXACTLY as it showed. For some reason I got "Invalid entry" when I tried to enter separately: cd i386 (had to enter it in a Complete Command Line).
    Then when I did get it to go through I got: "Can't Open Input File" ??? Tried the Version for Add/Remove Programs, But windows still wouldn't open the Program.
    Then I'm getting the "red X" error about having a Newer Version of Windows Installed, and That I'm using the Wrong CD. My CD is "OEM" XP/SP2, and I have SP3 Installed.
    Has to be someway to Force that ".EX_" to Decompress and expand onto my Disk as a ".EXE" I do have Sound at Least, and Volume does work in My Media Player, just would be Nice to have Control for the Rest of the system. Plus I wonder HOW it Uninstalled out of Windows to begin with??

  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jul 08, 2009

    "Jenny" did You read the Last Post I sent for you?? I explained what happened when I tried to run a Command. Hadn't heard back from you, just wondering If you had found out anything else on How to correct this issue???

  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jul 09, 2009

    In Device Manager>Sound, Video, and Game Controllers: No Problems. Checked All: All say "Device is Working Properly".

  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Oct 14, 2009

    Wanted to get back to you on this (FYI), I went Directly to Microsoft Support, and they assisted me in Installing a Fresh Version of SndVol32 into my Windows Directory...I saved ALL the Info and "Links" for doing this( so IF you, or any of the Other Experts would Like I can email this Procedure to them), and Now everything works great.
    Now on to Building my Own System....Hmmmmmmm

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Another suggestion would be to have a friend put the expanded .exe file on a disk/flashdrive, etc. and just drag and drop it from there to your C:\Windows\System32 folder.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Hello again, Is it possible you lost the audio driver? If you don't have the driver installed the Volume control won't show up. Right-click My Computer>Properties>Hardware tab>Device Manager. Are there any yellow ? next to your Sound entry?

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Have you tried to copy the compressed folder from the disc to your computer desktop and open it there? Give that a try and see if it works.... I have had this happen to a couple customers at work and I just copied the folder from the disc onto the desktop, opened it there and re-installed it. Or you could also try a repair install of the OS but it does carry the possibility of losing your data and programs.

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  • Jennifer PItts Jul 06, 2009

    OK... have you tried this??
    By default, Windows has the file types hidden which sometimes does not allow you to change a file extension. Go into
    My Computer and up at the top you should see "File Edit View Favorites Tools Help"... click on Tools and go to Folder Options. Click on the View tab and scroll down to the option that says "Hide Extensions for Known File Types" and if it IS checked, UNcheck it.

    This MAY allow you to change the extension.

    You can also try to read up on these websites (I have these saved on my computer at work and they come in handy sometimes).. I am not giving up on helping you figure this one out!!!

    This is the Microsoft website telling about this error and EXACTLY how to fix it ((You didnt say if you had tried this one already or not)).... http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319095

    Here is another site....
    http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/win...

    Annnnd... yet another....
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.asp...
    ((The one above was said to have worked for about ten other people that I know of, but be SURE to type the commands EXACTLY as it shows)).

    I hope ONE of these will help you. If not, write back again and I will investigate it further for you. If I must, I can send you a copy of my file for you to put in the proper directory.




  • Jennifer PItts Jan 26, 2011

    waynerd they said they resolved it

    Idaho - I would LOVE a copy of it!
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