Net Sending on a Computer




Intro: Net Sending on a Computer

send messages with Command Prompt!

Step 1: Opening Command Prompt

this part is pretty easy, anyone who has used command prompt before knows how to do this, all you need to do is hold down the windows logo key and r to open up run, or you can just go to start>run

once in run, type in cmd or cmd.exe and then press enter
the command prompt shell should now be open

Step 2: Enabling the Messenger Service

now you are going to have to enable the messenger service. do this by opening up run again, and now you type in services.msc and then press enter

a new window will open up, find the name "Messenger" (no quotes and in alphabetical order)
right click on messenger and select properties.
once in properties on the drop down menu select automatic and then click apply.
once apply is clicked, click on the Start button to start the service

Step 3: Using Net Send

now that you have the messenger service activated, it's time to learn how to send messages

the format for net sending is something like this:

net send (user/IP address) message

an example is:

C:\Users\z2daj>net send z2daj Hey

you can only use users if you are on the same computer, if you want to send messages to other computers, you have to get their IP address AND activate the messenger service on their computer as well

to get the IP address all you need to do is open up CMD and type in ipconfig (one word) and then press enter, the computer's IP will be under IP Address...

Step 4: Sending Messages

yes now for the moment you've been waiting for, the actual sending of messages

open up cmd
type in net send (IP) message
i recommend that you use the system's IP for two reasons
1) IP's are unique to computers
2) Using Users does not always work

i have my ip address whited out because i don't want anyone to know my ip

Step 5: Net Send Cont.

using net send does not always work on school networks, if you actually have a smart networking company they would have blocked the messenger service from being activated, i had a friend who was using net send, and instead of using the IP the put a * in that place (* means that it broadcasts to ALL computers on the network) and the company disabled net sending. you can actually make a batch file to use as an "Instant Messaging" program and starting the services.msc
i made this batch file and converted it to a .exe file so that all my friends can use it

net sending only works on a network and as far as i know only on XP, i have not tried it on vista yet but i plan to

have fun sending messages to your friends/co-workers at school or work



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    59 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I can't find the messenger option when Services Local box popped up. What should I do about it?


    2 years ago

    Can I send to computers on different networks?


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Make sure your IP is correct and that the Messanger service is enabled for both computers. Otherwise this will NOT work, It states this in the instructable but it doesn't hurt for several warnings.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    if you have different Windows systems better to use lan messaging solutions like Softros, lanmsngr, usually these apps works well in XP, 7,8 etc without any additional services.


    7 years ago on Step 5

    if i want to send a friend message then i have to write his it right??


    7 years ago on Step 3

    hey i wrote the command but there is an error in my command prompt that "the message alias could not be found " please tell me what i should do


    9 years ago on Step 5

    yeah if u could try it on vista that would be cool this is what happens for me i cant get it to work

    1 reply

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 5

    Apparently, NET SEND was disabled on Vista. But I'm working on a fix. Should it work when I try it, all you will need is an XP computer and a means of file transfer... also, I'll make it into an instructable.


    9 years ago on Step 2

    ok i did it fine on xp and my friend is trying it on xp but he cant click apply. it says he cant apply to local computers. i tried to help him but he cant click yes or start or apply . what does he do? ps it works but i cant send stuff to people unless they enable it too?

    1 reply

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, late late late late response! anyway, it only works if both computers in question have the messeneger service enabled, and as for your friend, is he the system admin?


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 2

     yeah, unfortunately the last OS that Microsoft added this to was on Windows XP, it can't be done in Windows 7 or Windows Vista as M$ completely removed this service from Windows


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Now would this work as to send DOS commands to another computer's command prompt? Hmm...

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ima look into that it would be pretty cool. send TONS of batch files to a pc remotly. ima DEFINATLY look into that and ima write an instructable about it


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is exactly why the first thing I do when I set up a windows machine is disable the messenger service. I'm pretty sure ever since SP2, though, MS has this service disabled by default.

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ...yeah, if was an okay thing to do there would not be so much stuff marked out with white splotches.