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Canít send (and receive) message using net send command

Symptom: 1. when trying to use net send command to send an message you may receive an error. For example,

net send blin Hello

An error occurred while sending a message to BLIN.

The message alias could not be found on the network.

More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2273.

2. You may not receive an message send by some one using net send command.

Cause: The NET SEND command uses the Messenger service to send messages on the network. This problem occurs because the Messenger service is disabled. By default, the Messenger service is disabled on computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP SP2.

Resolution: To solve this problem, change the Startup type of the Messenger service to Automatic, and then start the Messenger service. To do this, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage. In the Computer Management window, expand Services and Applications in the left pane, and then click Services. In the right pane, double-click Messenger. On the General tab, select Automatic from the Startup type list, and then click Apply. Under Service status, click Start, and then click OK.

Note: You may receive some pop-up ads after starting the Messenger service.

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