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Messenger (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: Messenger

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Messenger service transmits the net send command and Alerter service messages between clients and servers. For console messages to be received, the Messenger service must be enabled and started on the target computer.This service is not related to any Microsoft Windows or Microsoft® MSN® Messenger applications used for instant messaging.

If this service is stopped or disabled, Alerter service messages are not transmitted — for example, the command-line commands net send and net name cease to function.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition.

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Disabled

Service status: Disabled

This service depends on the following system components:

NetBIOS Interface

Remote Procedure Call

Plug and Play


The following system components depend on this service: None

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