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I am running three XP machines on the same subnet peer to peer via a switch. Could not get "net send" to work with messenger service running on two machines. It would send the message successfully as indicated in the command prompt window. The other machine got the message as indicated by Commview packet analyzer. But no popup window appeared on the machine receiving the message. Does this only work in a server client network? Am I missing something?



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8/22/2022 - Mon
Pete Long

Is the messenger service set to startup type "automatic" and running?

Start > run > services.msc {enter}

NOTE enabling the messenger service opens your PC to annoying pop ups etc
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Yes, the service is running on both machines. As, I indicated, the message on the machine indicates a successful transmission and the packet analyzer sees it on the receiving machine shows that it was sent. Just no "popup window". I should not have to reboot these machines once the service is running. Correct?


I have solved the issue. Terminal Services has to be running on the machine that receives the message.


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