How do I turn off the unread message count on the Windows XP login screen?
It’s a feature. Really. When you see the Windows XP login screen, underneath
each account listed there’s frequently a message that says “XX unread
How does it get set? And how do you get rid of it?
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Well, once again, it’s the Microsoft Knowledgebase to the rescue with an
article: Overview of the Mail Notification Display on the
Windows XP Welcome Screen.
In short: email programs that know how to do it can update a registry key
with the desired information. My assumption is that most post-XP Microsoft
email programs will update that key.
Things get confusing, I’m certain, when you run more than one such program, say both Outlook and Hotmail. Or even more so when you run one that updates the information like Hotmail only occasionally, and some other email program
that doesn’t as your primary email. In this scenario, the number on the login
screen then actually has almost nothing to do with the email you actually care
The bad news is that there is no user interface to this feature.
The good news, if you’re so inclined, is that you can disable the feature by
changing the permissions on a certain registry key. If you’re comfortable
making a registry change, the Knowledgebase article has
If you’re like me, I just ignore what’s on the screen and get on with other