How to disable unread email notification in XP welcome

Windows XP by default display the list of unread email on the windows welcome screen. But some time this unread email notification is irritating users and they don't want to display it on the welcome screen. They can easily disable it using the windows registry editor. Make sure before modifying your system Registry about its backup because Registry contains all information how your system runs. This backup will help you to restore Registry in case any problem occurs after modifying.


Follow the given steps to disable the email notification option:

To edit the computer registry, first you should log onto your computer with administrative rights.
First click on Start button and type "Regedit" in Run option.

Here locate the location to:
Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUnreadMail

Here in right side panel, double click on the key MessageExpiryDays and set its value to 0.

But if MessageExpiryDays key doesn't exist, then in right side panel, click right to create a key with the name MessageExpiryDays and then set its value to 0.

Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any changes to go into effect.

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