Hi - on the Microsoft website, it states that the values for the number of unread mail messages displayed at logon is stored in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail" But, as far as I can see, the HKEY_CURRENT_USER is information for whoever is logged in and using the computer at any given time. Therefore: a) before anyone logs in this key should be undefined b) this would only hold the values for one user's mail anyway. A second users mail info could not be stored here. Upon further registry investigation, I found that users unreadmail info is also stored in the "HKEY_USERS" branch following a very long string of carachters to get to "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail" The last number of that long string dictates which users unreadmail # is retrieved (on my my machine 4 is me and 5 is my wife). But this too, seems to have a problem - if only one of the users have logged in, the entire branch consisting of that long string of carachters does not exist for the other users, so presumably when no one has logged in, the branches don't exist for either user. Does anyone know if this is correct, or perhaps is each user only able to view a portion of the registry and in reality all the keys are always there? Is there a way someone can view the registry before anyone logs in and see where the unreadmail info is stored? It must be stored somewhere since it is retrieved by the logonui at stratup to display the number of unread messages. thanks!