Can anyone help me figure out why I can't use net send in cmd prompt to send message to other computers? I did test by using the following commands :

net send * test

code above is working. I success receive the message on my own computer, but fail to receive the message on all other computers in the network.

net send test

code above is not working. It gives error "The message alias could not be found on the network. ( is my own computer.

net view

code above success shows all the computer name on the network.

net name

code above is fail, give errors : There are no entries in the list.

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Have you enabled the messenger service on the remote computers? It is required for receiving messages from net send but is disabled by default on Windows XP SP2 and later because schoolchildren kept doing things like net send * test.


  • It's more because of "Your computer is infected" popups sent by really-infected PCs over the LAN and the intertubes. – grawity Apr 26 '11 at 4:45
  • I am sure I have enabled and start messenger service on all the computer. – zac1987 Apr 26 '11 at 8:49
  • @grawity, what is infected, and really-infected and intertubes? How to fix these problem? – zac1987 Apr 26 '11 at 8:50

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