Program that auto notifies incoming email

Rich A

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I'm looking for an application that can run in the background and alert me of any new incoming emails without actually installing an email client program in my windows 7 home theater PC.

I don't want the added system resource usage (among other things) of a full fledged email client running in the background and have no need to actually access email data etc. Just a simple widget type program that would occasionally access my own email server to notify me when there is a new email. I have my own domain and server. The HTPC is a dedicated system used only to play multimedia files in the home theater and manage the home automation system .

I've looked at a lot of "low impact" simple email notifiers, but every one of them requires the installation of a full email client application for them to use. Any ideas ??

Thanks .. Rich A