XP: Remove Unread Email Messages Notification from the Login Screen

Posted August 27, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Windows

If you are tired of the Windows XP login screen showing how many unread email messages you have, use these registry hacks to remove this information.


Note: This is registry hacking. If you break your registry, your box will not work anymore.

If you just want to remove the notification for one user, use the steps below:

1. Log in to the XP box with the user you want to change.
2. Click Start, and click Run.
3. In the runbox, type regedit, and press ENTER.
4. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

5. Double-click on the dword MessageExpiryDays in the right column. If the dword is not there, create it.
6. Set the value to 0

If you want to remove the notification for all users, follow these steps:

1. Click Start -> run -> regedit (as noted above).
2. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

3. Double-click on the dword MessageExpiryDays in the right column. If the dword is not there, create it.
4. Set the value to 0

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