I want to use the NET SEND command to send a message from my machine to another in a local network. My machine is Windows 7 Home Premium, and I want to send a message to a Windows XP Home (SP2) machine. I know that NET SEND is no longer valid in Windows 7, so what can I use to communicate with Windows XP's NET SEND?

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    I thought the Messenger service was disabled in Windows XP already as well. – Joey Mar 31 '10 at 20:31
  • @Johannes Rossel: I read something about that in an article somewhere that after XP SP1 was installed, the messenger service was disabled...I thought about mentioning it, but...so there is no netsend in XP SP2 or SP3? – studiohack Mar 31 '10 at 20:34
  • I haven't used XP in years (luckily), but afair just the service was disabled by default. You could still send messages from that machine (while the functionality was removed from net as of Vista or so), even though you can't receive them anymore. – Joey Mar 31 '10 at 20:39
  • so you can send them from an XP machine but not receive them (on XP)? – studiohack Mar 31 '10 at 20:40
  • Question was asked/answered a while ago: superuser.com/questions/38967/… – Joe Internet Mar 31 '10 at 23:31

In Service pack 2 the Messenger service got disabled by default.

To enable it type services.msc in Run and find the messenger service and enable it.
You'll need to enable it on both computers

  • can i enable it? – studiohack Mar 31 '10 at 20:53
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    Yea type "services.msc" in Run and find the messenger service and enable it. – Fogh Mar 31 '10 at 20:54
  • that easy? wow ok. do I need to do it on the XP machine sending the netsend? – studiohack Mar 31 '10 at 20:55
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    Yes. You need to enable it on both computers. – Fogh Mar 31 '10 at 20:57
  • net start messenger, from command line, seeing as you'll be using it from that anyway. – paradroid Oct 3 '10 at 13:50

Sysinternals PSTools may be of some use for pranks such as these.

I once combined PSExec with a burp prank exe to very great effect, right up until the branch managing partner (law firm!) walked round the corner at a most inorportune moment! O_o

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