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Turn off xp login screen unread mail count

How to Turn off xp login screen unread mail count.

Written by Jon Berg <jon.berg|a|turtlemeat.com>

Introduction
Have you ever been annoyed by that count on the login screen in XP that says how many unread mail messages you have. This is a specially annoying feature if you are using MSN Messenger and you have an email account at say hotmail that you only use for chatting. When you login in with that account MSN Messenger reads how many email messages you got and then displays it in the unread message count. Even if you never use that account for reading email because it is so full of spam. It looks ridiculous when your login screen say: 500 unread messages, 2 programs running.

Here is how you turn it off.
This will remove the text that says unread messages in the login screen, nothing more. A warning before modifying your registry: Deleting and modifying settings in the registry can damage your system if you do something wrong. When you do these modification described in this document you do it on your own risk! These things have been tested and working ok on my own computer.

Remove Unread Email Count from the Windows XP Login Screen:

To modify it for all users on your Windows XP:

Go to Start and select run, in the run box type Regedit and click ok. Once Regedit has started navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

Once there Create a new DWORD (Right click in right hand pane, New>DWORD) called MessageExpiryDays

Double click the DWORD MessageExpireyDays you just created and be sure the value is set to 0 (should be the default value if this is a new DWORD). If you only wish to make a change to your own user edit this registry key instead HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

There are two reg files that will do these changes automatically for you: Turn it off, Turn it back on .

 

Or if you want to just modify it for your own account

For your user account:

Go to Start and select run, in the run box type Regedit and click ok. Once Regedit has started navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

In the right window you should see a DWORD called MessageExpiryDays, double click this and set its value to 0.

 



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