Is there a way to Netsend on Vista and 7

I know they took out the net send ability after XP but I would really like a way to send out a network alert without having to clog up the email inbox. Sometimes I need to remind users to restart there machines or to log off and popping up a message would be a convienient way to do that. I thought maybe in Power shell but evidently you need a third party app. Any ideas out there?
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B HCommented:
well, you can issue this in vista/7:
net send * type the message here

but, only people who have the "messenger" service started will receive them... it's been disabled by default for years though.

Perhaps this link will help. Appears that this solution doesn't require messenger to be enabled.
Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
the messenger service is no longer there, so I was hoping there was anouther way.
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Rory de LeurConsultant End-User ComputingCommented:
Did you try the "msg" command?

Be sure that all pc's (including XP) have the next reggistry entry:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server]

Command usage form Commandline:

Ps. MSG-command is not available on Starter and Home editions of Vista and Windows 7
Rory de LeurConsultant End-User ComputingCommented:
PS. For Vista and Windows 7 it can be necessary to make your users members of the local "Remote Desktop Users" group to make it work
Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
I will try that on Monday and let you know, right now all my users have gone home.
Kelly-BradyAuthor Commented:
It would not even let me send it to my own machine m it says that it does not exists or is disconnected but I can ping it just fine.
You either use MSG command (W7 native) or a third party software.
That's that !
Third-party software:

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greg wardSystems EngineerCommented:
must be something you can do with psexec if you want to create a custom script.
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