How to Send Command Messages to Another Computer


Any set of computers connected to a network can communicate with each other using simple messages. The Net Send command can be used between Windows XP users. The MSG command between Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Business users. These commands enable instant text transmission between computers in a network, by showing a command message on the screen, instantly.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista Ultimate or Business

Enabling messenger for Windows XP

  • Click on "Start", then right-click on "My Computer." Select "Manage" to open the computer management window.

  • Double-click on "Services and Applications", and then on "Services." Scroll down through the menu and right-click on "Messenger."

  • Select "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Change "Startup type" to "Automatic", and click "Apply".

Using Net Send on Windows XP

  • Click on "Start", then click on "Run." Type "cmd" or "command" in the text box. Click "OK."

  • Type "net send" for the first part of the command string. Press "Space", then type the username or domain of another computer in the network.

  • Press "Space", then type in your message. Hit "Enter" to send the message to the designated computer.

Using MSG in Windows Vista Ultimate or Business

Tips & Warnings

  • Type one of the following net commands into the command line to identify the computers in the network: "net group," "net localgroup," "net name," and "net view."
  • Enable messenger on both computers to send and receive Net Send messages.

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