Faster way to get row count from a view than select Count(*) from ViewObject?

Is there a faster way to get a row count from a view than select count(*) from ViewName??

Migrating a massive, humongous doc management system out of SQL 2005 and need to get row counts. Almost a billion records and the last count took 20 minutes.

"No" is an acceptable answer if you are 100% sure.
Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAsked:
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
If the view is indexed you can get a non accurate number from the sys.sysindexes:
SELECT rows
FROM sys.sysindexes
WHERE id = object_id('ViewName')

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NOTE: Is not accurate because the column is only updated when an index is created or during a reindex.
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Charles BaldoSoftware DeveloperAuthor Commented:
It is thanks, close is good enough as well, the database is static and not changing now.
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