Hmmm... well my Speaker icon isn't in my taskbar anymore for some reason... and I never found the "Open Volume Mixer". But, I played around with Windows Media Player and tried a variety of things... I never did find the "Open Volume Mixer" but did find something that was muted... VOILA! I have sound again! I sure don't recall ever telling anything to mute!
A big thanks to StormJumper! :flower: What I learned... you need to know your software very well! And I am inexperienced playing music on my computer - I've played CD's I've purchased on my CD players (car/home/etc)
BTW - I am aware I'm not to cross post and it makes sense for me to hunt for answers - being someone here has already likely run across same or similar issue. I had hunted for a solution to this problem.... apparently my SEARCH "key words" were ineffective. So... Thanks StormJumper for pointing me to this thread.