How to send messages to other Windows computers on a network from CMD

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The digital age has developed a large number of tools that enable instant communication between users, regardless of the city or country they are in. In this opportunity you will learn how to send messages between Windows computers over a network from CMD.

But what happens when you need to maintain direct and private communication with someone close to you? What if you can't talk to him in person? Just when you thought you might know all the functions of your computer, an interesting tool appears to learn from.



Send messages between computers

If you are in your office or at home and you want send a message via your computer to a family member or colleague to arrange a meeting or ask for a favor, which must be done as discreetly or quickly as possible, there is a way.

However, before delving into the subject, it is important to note that this alternative is special for those users who have the Microsoft Windows operating system. Likewise, there may be compatibility issues, which will be explained progressively.

What is CMD hiding

Now, there are two essential requirements to be able to send messages between computers. The first is that the computers with which you intend to establish communication are connected to the same network. The second is to use the CMD tool on your Windows computer to access this feature.

This tool has probably been largely ignored by a large number of users, without knowing the potential functions it hides. One of them is to send messages to other computers without the need to install a program.

What service do you use?

In addition to having undergone some changes, the service to be used via CMD to send messages between computers will be Net send. This service was mainly included for the Windows XP operating system.



Over the years, the feature, despite being built into computers with this operating system, has been disabled, due to the malicious utility that some users gave it.

From Windows Vista onwards, the service has gone from being enabled with the command "Net send" to «msg». It is also not available in the "Home Edition" of later versions of Windows, so if you plan to use it, make sure you have the "Professional" or "Enterprise" versions.

Step by step

Having clarified all the above points, it's time for you to start using this interesting tool, and for that you just have to follow this series of simple instructions:

  1. Proceed to open the command prompt.
    • You can do this by right-clicking on the start menu and selecting the "Command Prompt" option.
    • You can also activate this option by pressing i Windows and R keys.
  2. Type "cmd" and hit the Enter key.
  3. Enter the command » msg »And press the space bar.
  4. Identify who or to whom you will send the message. You can enter:
    • The name of a specific user.
    • The name of a session.
    • The number of a specific session.
    • Container file of names that correspond to users or sessions.
    • An asterisk (*) to send the message to all users connected to the network.
  5. The server to which the user the message is intended belongs to.
  6. The duration time of the message expressed in seconds (time: number of seconds).
  7. The message.
  8. Send!



Following each of these parameters, the command structure should be as follows: " msg @username /server:WORKGROUP /time:450 Hello! How about organizing a sharing for tomorrow after work? "

Ready to try it?

Once you have verified that it is the computer that the computer from which you receive the message meets the requirements described above, everything will be ready so that you can communicate in this simple way while you are still focused on the computer that carries out your daily activities.


As you will see, it is a simple technique to use and very useful when trying to spread a message to someone who may be in another department or when broadcasting a message to an entire workgroup. Sending messages between computers over a network from CMD has never been easier. What are you waiting for to try?

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