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Sound options not appearing

Last response: in Windows 7
November 4, 2012 12:14:02 PM

Hello everyone,

Since today I can no longer get the "Manage audio devices" window or "Change system sounds" window from the control panel to appear, nor will "playback devices" from right-clicking on the speaker icon on the task bar get me this screen.
So pretty much the "Sound" options are not available.

And then 3.5 minutes later I will have it will magically appear.

While this is a fairly new computer it's been running fine for a bit. Only change yesterday: I installed Office 2010.
I went through the update history and pretty much everything is office related.
I updated graphics drivers.
I shouted abuse at the computer.

And now I'm asking for help.
Anyone know what is causing this?
November 5, 2012 7:46:33 AM

The system icons are there, they just don't prompt a response till 3.5 minutes later.

Or at least they did. When I started the computer up this morning it worked fine again.
Perhaps the >10 seconds of not being active was the key because reboots hadn't helped.
If it comes back I'll mention it.
November 12, 2012 1:27:23 PM

It's returned and a reboot got rid of it.

Still odd that it appears in the first place though.