Windows 7 Sound Dialog Box Opens Randomly

#1
For a couple of weeks, the Windows 7 Sound dialog box (the one with all the Playback/Recording, etc options under Control Panel-Hardware and Sound) has been randomly opening. I'll close it and at some later time it will spontaneously reopen, although unpredictably.

The OS is the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium running on an HP Pavilion Slimline s3330f that we've had for a couple of years prior to the emergence of this issue.

Unfortunately the system restore points don't go back far enough to try that option.
 


#2
the Windows 7 Sound dialog box (the one with all the Playback/Recording, etc options under Control Panel-Hardware and Sound) has been randomly opening. I'll close it and at some later time it will spontaneously reopen, although unpredictably.
Some software probably triggers it, perform a clean startup to see if the issue persists.

Scan your system for viruses and malware.
 


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