XP Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mowogg, Jun 15, 2005.

  1. mowogg macrumors 6502

    mowogg

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    Sorry for posting this here, but I don't know of any Windows forums.

    My inlaws have a Dell with Windows XP. They also have AOL dial up. I know, how 1998.

    There is one feature I can't figure out, and it's pretty cool.

    They have two log ins on the machine (His & Hers) and on the log in screen it tells them how many outstanding emails they have. Now, keep in mind that they have dial up on a second phone line. I don't know if AOL or Windows is calling in and chacking on its own or what.

    Has anyone else seen this? Do you know what it is doing or how it does this?

    My inlaws are of no help, they use the machine to check email, find cheap airfares and play solitaire.

    TIA,
    Rob
     
  2. colosodian macrumors member

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    It's not dialing in to check,*it just stores how many unopened emails you have. Ive seen it work for me on outlook, thunderbird, and hotmail.

    If you hover over, it will also tell you which email address its for.
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    The info about how many e-mail messages you have is stored in your mail profile, and Windows is smart enough to read this information out of the registry and show it to you at the login screen. There's nothing magic about it...
     
  4. mowogg thread starter macrumors 6502

    mowogg

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    So it's unread on the local machine and not on the server. That's less interesting. It would be cool to have some baic info (emails, RSS feed updates, etc...) available at the login. I guess that goes against having the log in to protect basic information such as these.

    Thanks for the responses all!
     
  5. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    That's asking a lot of Windows lol
     

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