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I have connected two PCs via LAN using a crossover cable, but I am unable to send the message using net send command in command prompt.

What do I have to do to accomplish this?

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msg username "message you want to send"

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still unable to send – Badr uz Zaman Jul 27 '10 at 13:02
Remove the quotes from around the username – IsmailS Jul 28 '10 at 9:23
Just see if you can see a message when you say msg %username% Hello from %username% – IsmailS Jul 28 '10 at 9:26

As far as I remember, Net send should be used like the following but thru 2 cross-connected computers, I can't confirm that this will work... Never tried it.

net send {name | * | /domain[:name] | /users} message

It should work exept if it has been blocked by policy or the service has been disabled.

Source: Microsoft Website

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I just check in my MCP notes and it will not work! You must be logged in a domain do have this service send messages. – r0ca Jul 27 '10 at 13:03
Yep check my answer above. – JNK Jul 27 '10 at 13:06
So +1 for you then! – r0ca Jul 27 '10 at 13:08

Reasons it wouldn't work:

  • You aren't using a domain. You have to be on a domain with persistent users across PCs. The message gets sent to the USER not to the PC.

  • Messenger service is disabled. Some anti-spyware disables Windows Messenger service because it is used by spyware and adware to spoof system messages.

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-1 because saying that a domain is required is just plain wrong. – ThatGraemeGuy Jul 27 '10 at 14:44
I would be delighted to hear your answer then! To use the net send, you must either use a domain user name OR specify a domain to send to. Please indicate how either of these options excludes using a domain. – JNK Jul 27 '10 at 14:48

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