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Remove the Windows Mail splash screen

Windows Mail is an excellent client-based email application bundled into Windows Vista and described by Microsoft as the following:

“Windows Mail in Windows Vista addresses today’s serious concerns about junk mail, e-mail, and phishing attacks, while adding new features that help you search and manage the increasing volume of e-mail messages that you receive. If you’re like most people, sending e-mail is one of your most important computer activities, allowing you to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues across town or around the world. As the popularity and importance of e-mail have grown over the years, so, too, have its annoyances and risks.”

Unfortunately, Windows Mail is very slow to load, and comes packaged with an extremely annoying splash screen. However, a simple registry tweak will remove the splash screen and load Windows Mail about 1 to 3 seconds faster.

As previously mentioned, in order to remove the splash screen you need to change make a registry change.

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Note: Editing the registry has the potential to cause serious (and unrecoverable) damage to your PC. If you are at all uncomfortable editing the registry, please do not attempt the following.

The first step is to open your registry editor. You can do this by clicking the Start menu and typing regedit and hitting Enter.

Windows User Account Control will ask you for permission before continuing, choose Continue. (Unless you go in and Disable UAC first)

In the registry editor, navigate through the following tabs: HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft and Windows Mail.

Choose Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name the entry NoSplash and give it a value of 1 and click Ok.

Exit the registry and the next time you open Windows Mail, there will be no splash screen. Windows Mail will load noticeably faster. If you would like to restore the splash screen, just remove the “NoSplash” entry from the registry.

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