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Message - Send to Local PC on LAN in Windows 7 and Vista

How to Send Local Messages to Computers on LAN in Windows 7 and Vista
Published by JamesAndersonJr
18 Oct 2011
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How to Send Local Messages to Computers on LAN in Windows 7 and Vista



This short, two-step tutorial shows you how easy it is to send messages to other computers on your LAN. This method can also be used to send messages to multiple computers on the LAN at once with just a little bit of modification.


STEP 1 - PICKING A DESTINATION:


To send a popup message to a computer on your local area network, first identify the computers name you want to send the message to by logging into your router and checking the device list or wherever the computers on your network are listed within your routers configuration pages. Pick one or more computer(s) from the list to send the message to.


STEP 2 - SENDING THE MESSAGE:


Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 come prepackaged with a command for sending messages to other local area network users. It is called ‘msg’. To use it, use the syntax below.


Syntax:

C:\Windows\System32>msg /SERVER:[type computer name here] * /TIME:[type amount of time (in seconds) to display message before it’s automatically closed] “[type the message you want to send here]”


Example 1:

C:\Windows\System32>msg /SERVER:Jeffs-PC * /TIME:300 “Hi Jeff! The server will be shutting down at 11:45 PM tonight for security and maintenance purposes. Please be sure to finish and save all of your work by then. Thanks –James”





That’s really all there is to it. Be sure to use the help command included with the 'msg' command to see more options and features you may use, and practice with sending messages to your own PC until you feel more confident and comfortable with using the command to send important, real messages to others.






18 Oct 2011   #1
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Is there a way to make the message stay until the user interacts with it?


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18 Oct 2011   #2
JamesAndersonJr

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Yes, with the "/W" switch. Refer to the help file (type: msg /?) for more options. Also, you must remove the "Time:" setting.
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19 Oct 2011   #3
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

All I get is a black box that quickly pops up then gone just as fast.
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21 Oct 2011   #4
JamesAndersonJr

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
All I get is a black box that quickly pops up then gone just as fast.
This behavior is typical on restricted networks. Please, check your firewall settings and try again. If you cannot access these settings, ask your IT Administrator to do it for you.

-James
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24 Oct 2011   #5
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesAndersonJr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
All I get is a black box that quickly pops up then gone just as fast.
This behavior is typical on restricted networks. Please, check your firewall settings and try again. If you cannot access these settings, ask your IT Administrator to do it for you.

-James
It is just a Home Network. What firewall setting? (windows Firewall)? I am the Admin.
Its not a Big deal just wanted to use this to mess with the kids and gf....lol
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30 Nov 2011   #6
bigblocktowncar

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

so this really isn't an alternative to an instant messaging program is it?
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01 Dec 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello bigblocktowncar,

Sorry, but no.
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01 Dec 2011   #8
jeepmann4x4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesAndersonJr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jeepmann4x4 View Post
All I get is a black box that quickly pops up then gone just as fast.
This behavior is typical on restricted networks. Please, check your firewall settings and try again. If you cannot access these settings, ask your IT Administrator to do it for you.

-James
It is just a Home Network. What firewall setting? (windows Firewall)? I am the Admin.
Its not a Big deal just wanted to use this to mess with the kids and gf....lol
Bumping my last post...
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01 Dec 2011   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

As an alternative ( a GUI Front end for netsend), take a look here ....

Net Send LAN messenger for Windows 7. Free programs for instant messaging within LAN

May be what you are looking for
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