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After you install Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on your computer, you may not be able to send or to receive messages by using the Windows operating system NET SEND command. You may notice this problem in one or in all the following scenarios:
When you use the NET SEND notification method to notify a SQL Server operator about the events that have occurred on the instance of SQL Server.
When you run the NET SEND command by using the xp_cmdshell extended system stored procedure to send a message to a user or to a computer on the network.
Additionally, you may receive the following error message when you try to send a message by using the NET SEND command:
An error occurred while sending a message to <Computer Name>. The message alias could not be found on the network. More help is available by typing NET HELPMSG 2273.
This problem occurs when one of the following conditions is true:
The source computer is running Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
The destination computer is running Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
As a result, the destination computer does not receive the messages that are sent by the NET SEND command.
This problem occurs because the Messenger service is disabled. The messenger service must run on the destination computer to enable the NET SEND command. By default, the Messenger service is disabled on computers that are running Microsoft Windows XP SP2.
To have us change the Startup type of the Messenger service to Automatic, and then start the Messenger service for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Fix it for me
To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix itbutton or link. Click Runin the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.