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Have you tried checking your settings via the control panel? Open up the control panel...click on the icon for "sounds, blah,,,blah..."...Make sure that the box is checked to show volume icon in task bar...It may be that easy....
I already tried that. Got a message instructing me to go to Control Panel, open Add/Remove Windows Programs, etc. It was unsuccessful because the system can't find sndvol32.exe, although this file is present in the system