Sounds and Audio Devices deleted

  Quilljar 14:50 08 Dec 2009

A friend has accidently deleted the sounds and audio devices icon in her windows XP control panel.

System Restore won't get it back, and her Win XP CD will not work either. Can anyone tell me the best way to get this working again? In the meantime she has no sound.
It is a Thinkpad Laptop and all perfectly legal.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:53 08 Dec 2009

Start - Run - type
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
press ok

should give you multimedia audio properties (this is what the shortcut icon in control panel points to.

  Quilljar 22:09 08 Dec 2009

I am so grateful. And will test this tomorrow1

  Terry Brown 22:24 08 Dec 2009

The reason your XP CD will not work is because the system nas been updated to a 'newer' version.

To get around this, download and run Autostreamer click here

Put your XP CD in the drive and run the program, follow prompts.

Ignore the message about service packs as it will pick them up from your hard drive.

This will create an ISO file, which you can burn to a CD / DVD using nero or similar.

You now have a brand new fully updated XP CD.

  GaT7 23:00 08 Dec 2009

Copy & paste FB's suggestion - i.e rather than typing it as there's a better chance of getting it right!

For easy access in the future, you can also create a shortcut to the Sound and Audio devices applet:

1. Search for mmsys.cpl in the C: drive - it's located in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 directory

2. Right-click it, & choose Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)

3. Drag the icon into the Quick Launch area for quick access in the future.


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