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
Click on "Start", and type in "cmd" in the search box. Press "Enter" to open the command window.
Type the word "MSG" and press "Space." Then type in the username for the target to whom you wish to communicate. The username can be found in the other computer's "Start" menu, just above the "Documents" line.
Press "Space", then type in message you wish to send. When finished, press "Enter" to send the message.
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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