The first hit for UNREAD EMAIL WELCOME SCEEEN XP was exactly what I needed to answer you. Really a nice tool, google; I can recommend it.
For some unknown reason, after two years of owning the same PC with the same OS, I now have a link under my user icon on the Welcome page of Windows XP home version that tells me I have unread email messages. If I click on the link, it opens up a little balloon that shows the Hotmail email address that has unread messages.
I check my email several times a day, so I don't need this notification. I also like my desktop and screens as clear and clean as they can be, so although this is certainly not a major issue, it just annoys me to death!
So...can someone please tell me how to turn this "unread email notification" off? Also - if anyone has any ideas as to how this started in the first place, please let me know (so I can make sure it doesn't start happening again).
Thanks in advance for your help!!!