WinPopup Utility Not Supported In Windows NT

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The WinPopup utility is available in all Windows network client operating systems such as Windows 95, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, and Windows 3.1 for sending popup messages among computers in the network. However, this utility is not available and not supported in Windows NT.

To send popup messages among Windows NT computers and network client computers, use the NET SEND command from the MS-DOS Command Prompt in Windows NT as follows:
net send <computer_name> "<message>"

The quotation marks are optional.

To make sure that Windows for Workgroups or Windows 95 clients can receive messages sent from Windows NT you need to make sure that WinPopup functionality is enabled on the client side. To enable WinPopup on Windows 95 clients, please refer to 132887. To enable WinPopup for Windows for Workgroups clients, go to Control Panel>Network then select the Startup button and make sure that the "Enable WinPopup" checkbox is selected. Click OK and then exit the Microsoft Windows Network dialog. Close Control Panel, then exist and restart Windows.

Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server receive popup messages through the Messenger Service. You can start the Messenger Service by running Control Panel and choosing Services. Set the service for Automatic Startup and start the service.

Additionally, there are third-party, shareware Windows graphical utilities that provide a Windows interface for users needing to send messages across Microsoft networks. These third-party applications can be found on Compuserve, typically in the WINSHARE forum. Other sources for such utilities are on the World Wide Web (WWW). You can use WWW search engines like Yahoo and Lycos to locate Web sites with these Windows utilities.

The product discussed here is manufactured by a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the product's performance, useability or reliability.
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Article ID: 137143 - Last Review: February 20, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
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