This "Sounds" tab is gone from my system:

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I have sound on my laptop, anything I playback has sound, I can even switch theme profiles and sounds change (as evidenced by the "welcome" sound that I hear everytime I switch to a different desktop profile), but the sounds tab is gone.

I've already ran sfc /scannow and no errors were found.

What causes this?

Thanks .

  • Did you change the driver? Can you access it from Control Panel? Is it just the tab that has gone of the entire window? – Dave Apr 28 '14 at 14:08
  • Did not change the sound or any other driver. I can access the window via Control Panel or right clicking the speaker icon on the taskbar, only the "sounds" tab is missing. – MauF Apr 28 '14 at 14:22
  • Can you please post a screen shot of what you see? – Dave Apr 28 '14 at 14:25
  • Can't post right now the actual screen cap, but is basically the img from my original post without the selected tab. I only have Playback, Recording and Communications tabs. Will post later in the day. – MauF Apr 28 '14 at 14:53
  • @MauF Is the "Sounds"-option present if you right-click the loudspeaker-icon in the traybar near the time (like this)? – Rik Apr 29 '14 at 11:41

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Found the answer here:

Run... regedit


Name: NoChangingSoundScheme
Data: 0x00000000 (0)

0 = Sounds Tab 
1 = No Sounds Tab

Still would like to know how this policy got changed.

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