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Popup Messages

Windows offers 2 methods to send messages to other systems/users on
the network:
- an
e-mail system based on Windows Messaging
it ensures delivery of message by storing them in a "post-office" for later delivery
(in case the addressed person is NOT connected to the network at the time the message
is send)

- simple Popup Messages
(in Windows95/98 and WindowsNT4/Windows20000)


WinPopup requires installation via the Control-Panel, "Add/Remove Programs" on the
tab: "Windows Setup":

Windows 95:
part of Accessories
Windows 98:
part of System Tools

WinPopup is stored to your Windows-directory.
If it does not start up automatically, use the RUN-menu to start it:

(for continuous use, drag a shortcut of WinPopup to your Startup-folder)

To configure the behavior of WinPopup on receiving a new message,
select from the menu: "Messages" the "Options":

To send a message:
Click on the mail-envelope,
enter the name of a user
(used used during network logon)
or the name of a computer
(as defined in the Network Properties),
Select to send a message to all
computers in a workgroup

type your message and click
"OK" to send it out.
WinPopup will check, that the
name is valid:
- that the defined user is currently
logged on to the network
- that the computer is existing
and send the message.

HOWEVER: it does NOT
guarantee that the message is
received on the destination system,
that WinPopup is running on the
Destination system.
(in this example, the destination name
could not be found on the network)
If WinPopup is running on the
Destination system, the message
is displayed.
If WinPopup is NOT running,
than the message is lost
( think about it like an announcement
on a radio: if the radio is turned on
and you are listening, you hear the
message, if the radio is switched off,
you miss the message )

WinPopup will store multiple message, you use then the arrow-buttons in the toolbar( )
to scroll between the messages, you also use the toolbar to delete a message.

When you exit WinPopup, you
will not receive any messages !

you can use WinPopup to send messages to systems running Windows95, Windows 98,
WindowsNT4 and Windows2000

WindowsNT4 / Windows2000:

Under WindowsNT4 and Windows2000, there is not a program like the
Win95/98 WinPopup.

Incoming messages from other Windows95/98/NT4
or Windows2000 systems are displayed in a simple
Message box.
Note: there is no need to install anything and no
need to start-up any special program,
this message notification is always active.

To send Popup-Messages, you need to open a Command-Prompt Window ("
and use the NET-command. To get some more help on available options of the NET-command,
type : "NET ?", for more info on a option, type: "NET <option> ? ":

To send a message:

define the name of a user
(which is logged on to the network) or a computer-name
(as defined in the properties of the Network), followed by the message text.

As with
Windows95/98, the system will only check, that the name is valid.
But if the receiving system is a
Windows95 or 98 system and WinPopup is NOT
, then this message will "disappear into nowhere".

When sending a message to all systems of a Workgroup or Domain, it will
also be displayed on the system which did send out the message:

As mentioned above:
Windows 2000 uses the same method (via the "NET SEND" - command)as Windows NT4:

(Another indication, that Windows 2000 is really Windows NT4 )

Note: the option "NET SEND" is NOT available in Windows95 and Windows98.

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