How do I turn the system icon for sound on (currently off; greyed out)

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #1

    How do I turn the system icon for sound on (currently off; greyed out)


    For some unknown reason, the system icon for sound no longer displays on my task bar. I went into Properties, Notification area 'Customize', Turn System Icons On or Off, see that the Volume is turned off, but it's greyed out and I can't turn it on. I can't figure out how to activate this switch so I can flip it on. Anyone know why this might have occurred and how to fix it? Thanks!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,058
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, if you're lucky a simple restart might fix that according to this:
    System Tray- Volume grayed out - Windows 7 Help Forums
    but there's also this for Win 10:
    Windows 10 System Icons in Notification Area Are Grayed Out
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  3. bobkn's Avatar
    Posts : 3,612
    Win 10 X64 Pro 21H1 19043.928
       #3

    Did the sound ever work on the laptop under Windows 10?

    I've gotten a grayed-out control when there were no drivers installed for the sound device.

    If that's your problem, I'm not sure what to suggest. The latest drivers at HP are for Windows 7:

    http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59154.exe

    (Dated from 2012). You could try them, perhaps installing them in compatibility mode.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,393
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
       #4

    Hello tohashome, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Double check to make sure that you have the latest audio driver installed, and see if step 9 in OPTION TWO below may be able to help.

    System Icons - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said:
    Hi, if you're lucky a simple restart might fix that according to this:
    System Tray- Volume grayed out - Windows 7 Help Forums
    but there's also this for Win 10:
    Windows 10 System Icons in Notification Area Are Grayed Out

    Thanks. Restarting didn't do anything. I also followed the path laid out in the 'Windows 10 System Icons in notification Area Are Greyed Out' link.


    1. Hold down the Windows Key and press the “R” key the bring up the Run window.
    2. Type “regedit“, then select “OK“.
    3. Navigate through the registry to the following location:
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER
      • Software
      • Classes
      • Local Settings
      • Software
      • Microsoft
      • Windows
      • CurrentVersion
      • TrayNotify

    4. Look for two values. One named “iconstreams” and “PastIconStream“. Right-click and select “Delete” each value to remove them from the registry.

    Everything was going fine until I clicked on the 'CurrentVersion' folder. 'TrayNotify' wasn't listed at all. The only folder displaying was 'Deployment.'
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  6. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    bobkn said:
    Did the sound ever work on the laptop under Windows 10?

    I've gotten a grayed-out control when there were no drivers installed for the sound device.

    If that's your problem, I'm not sure what to suggest. The latest drivers at HP are for Windows 7:

    http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59154.exe

    (Dated from 2012). You could try them, perhaps installing them in compatibility mode.
    Thanks, but link not found. Not Found

    The requested URL /pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59154.exe was not found on this server.
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  7. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    bobkn said:
    Did the sound ever work on the laptop under Windows 10?

    I've gotten a grayed-out control when there were no drivers installed for the sound device.

    If that's your problem, I'm not sure what to suggest. The latest drivers at HP are for Windows 7:

    http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59154.exe

    (Dated from 2012). You could try them, perhaps installing them in compatibility mode.
    Yes, I did used to have a sound icon after the installation of Windows 10. All of a sudden, it wasn't there any longer. Again, I see the toggle is greyed out to flip it on again. I just don't know how to ungrey it so I can activate the icon again. Puzzling.
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,512
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #8

    I think you clicked on one a wrong reg key, There is no Deployment under TrayNotify:

    How do I turn the system icon for sound on (currently off; greyed out)-reged.jpg
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  9. bobkn's Avatar
    Posts : 3,612
    Win 10 X64 Pro 21H1 19043.928
       #9

    tohashome said:
    Thanks, but link not found. Not Found

    The requested URL /pub/softpaq/sp59001-59500/sp59154.exe was not found on this server.
    Sorry. I usually check links to verify that they work before allowing a post to stand, but I didn't do it this time.

    The link at the HP support site appears to not work. I didn't find a good link to sp59154.exe, but it may be out there.
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  10. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 4,681
    Windows Home Dev 21xxx x64
       #10

    Try to run CMD and enter following, then restart.

    reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "HungAppTimeout" /t REG_SZ /d "10000" /f
    reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "WaitToKillAppTimeout" /t REG_SZ /d "20000" /f
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