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Windows 7 implemented new Win+X hotkeys. These took over the hotkeys used by Sound Volume Hotkeys http://www.softarium.com/soundvolumehotkeys, which I used to use in XP.

I need software control of my volume, and changing the volume via a slider in the tray is totally impractical and slow.

Does anyone else have a solution that lets them easily raise/lower the system volume in W7 using hotkeys?

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I would say if you want to use that program, your best bet is to email the developer and simply tell them - I am sure they would want their application working with Windows 7 and will either change the hotkey or give the user the option to assign their own.

Excluding that, I am a big fan now of Nircmd, you can set this up with any of the following options:

Increase the system volume by 2000 units (out of 65535)     
nircmd.exe changesysvolume 2000

Decrease the system volume by 5000 units (out of 65535)
nircmd.exe changesysvolume -5000

Set the volume to the highest value
Nircmd.exe setsysvolume 65535

Mute the system volume  
nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 1

Unmute the system volume
Nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 0

Switch the system volume between the mute and normal state. 
nircmd.exe mutesysvolume 2

Make these in to a shortcut then goto properties and assign a shortcut key.

Lastly, what may work is disabling the mobility centre shortcut key -

It can be done via group policy and I can provide that if you want, but it is much easier to follow Howtogeek's very good guide - (along with a .reg file that will do it for you).

Manual Registry Tweak

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box and then navigate to the following key, creating it if it doesn’t exist:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\MobilityCenter


Now create a new 32-bit DWORD entry in the right-hand pane called NoMobilityCenter and give it a value of 1.
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+1 Nirsoft has tons of cool stuff but NirCmd really shines. –  Molly7244 Nov 9 '09 at 22:30
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3RVX is another cool program that allows you to bind hotkeys to the volume, and also gives you a nifty onscreen display with a few skins available. By default it binds volume to win+mouse scroll.

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Basically NirCmd (Wil's answer) with a GUI, volumouse from NirSoft:

provides you a quick and easy way to control the sound volume on your system - simply by rolling the wheel of your wheel mouse. It allows you to define a set of rules for determining when the wheel will be used for changing the sound volume. For example: You can configure Volumouse to use your mouse wheel for volume control when the Alt key is hold down, when the left mouse button is down, when the mouse cursor is over the taskbar, and so on...

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Microsoft keyboards have special keys to raise and lower the volume. If you don't like Intellitype, you could use AutoHotKey and its special functions to change the volume.

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Volume Hotkey v3.1.0.4

Volume Hotkey v3.1.0.4
for Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista/7/8

  • Multimedia functionality for standard keyboards
  • Text-Macros
  • Unicode-Symbols
  • Use "Setup"-Menu for installation/uninstallation
  • Minimal memory load
  • Automatically adapts to german/english locales.
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