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How to Send a Network Message

Network administrators originally used Microsoft's Messenger Service to notify users of security and maintenance issues. Even if you're not an administrator, you can learn how to send a network message.


  • TIP: Sending messages through the MSG.EXE command is a feature that's only available in certain business editions of Vista.
  • Step 1: Consider using non-platform-specific local area network, or LAN, messenger apps offered by third party developers. Use trial apps to test for compatibility. Now start messaging!
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  • Step 2: Send an MSG.EXE command for Vista users. In the Command window, type "msg", forward slash, a server name, a user name, and "Meet in Bob's office."
  • Step 3: Send a message via net send to all network users. In the Command window, type "net send," a forward slash, and "users," and the message "Meet in Bob's office."
  • Step 4: Open your computer's DOS Command Prompt. For XP and Vista users, click on Start; then click Run, and type CMD in the Run window. Then click OK.
  • Step 5: Use the net send command for a Windows XP network. In the Command window, type "net send", a user's name, and then the message "Meet in Bob's office."
  • TIP: The net send command won't work when sending messages through a network running Windows Vista.
  • Step 6: Gather all network user names and computer server names. Then contact your administrator and find out if you can access the network messaging service.

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