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Winsent Messenger 2.7.45
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November 18, 2016
Winsent Innocenti 2.3.13 has been released.

October 20, 2016
Winsent Messenger 2.7.45 has been released.

Winsent Messenger Frequently Asked Questions


General questions


1.1 What operating systems does Winsent Messenger support?
1.2 Shall I install Winsent Messenger on all computers of my network? Can I use some other program to receive/send messages from/to Winsent?

Installation and configuration


2.1 How do I setup my computer for Winsent Messenger to work properly?
2.2 What are the TCP/IP ports used by Winsent?
2.3 Do I need to disable the Windows messenger service?
2.4 How to install Winsent Messenger on my computer?
2.5 Does Winsent Messenger support a "silent" install?
2.6 How do I automatically deploy the program on multiple computers?
2.7 Does Winsent Messenger work between different VLANs/subnets?

Using Winsent Messenger


3.1 How to send a message to several recipients at once?
3.2 Where is Winsent configuration information stored?
3.3 Where are Winsent message archive and contact-list stored?
3.4 How to send a message from command line using Winsent?

Troubleshooting


4.1 Winsent tray icon is always gray. The icon tooltip says: "Registering on the net...".
4.2 Winsent tray icon is always gray. The icon tooltip says: "No network found".
4.3 When I try to send a new message the program says: "Can't send message. Recipient not found on the net".
4.4 The program does not show any user/computer in the network search window.

General questions


1.1 What operating systems does Winsent Messenger support?

Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 2008
Windows 8
Windows 10

1.2 Shall I install Winsent Messenger on all computers of my network? Can I use some other program to receive/send messages from/to Winsent?

Winsent Messenger can receive messages from and send messages to computers that have either Winsent or a compatible program installed. The term "compatible" means that the program uses the same message transmission protocol as used by Winsent. Among these are, for example, two standard Windows programs used for popup messages exchange. Microsoft Windows, depending on the version, is supplied with one of two standard programs with the help of which you can receive messages from and send messages to computers with Winsent:
- "Messenger Service" on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server operating systems ("net send" command). Read more about net send command and Windows messenger service;
- Microsoft Winpopup on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME operating systems.
Also, there are third-party software products that are compatible with Winsent, Messenger Service and Microsoft Winpopup.

In case the Winsent is not installed on all computers, make sure, that computers you want to communicate with have one of the aforementioned programs installed and running.

Windows Messenger Service was removed in Windows Vista/7/8. If you use one of these operating systems, you have to install Winsent Messenger/Winsent Innocenti or a compatible third-party software product to be able to receive messages from and send messages to computers with Winsent.

Installation and configuration


2.1 How do I setup my computer for Winsent Messenger to work properly?

In order for Winsent Messenger to work properly some of the Windows system settings must be configured on all computers running the program. Read the article for more details.

2.2 What are the TCP/IP ports used by Winsent?

Winsent uses the same ports that are used by Microsoft WinPopup and Windows Messenger Service (net send), namely UDP ports 137, 138 and TCP port 139, 445.

2.3 Do I need to disable the Windows messenger service?

Yes, the Messenger Service must be disabled (for Windows NT/2000/XP). Read the article for more details.

2.4 How to install Winsent Messenger on my computer?

In order for Winsent Messenger to work properly some of the Windows system settings must be configured before you run the program. Read the the question How do I setup my computer for Winsent Messenger to work properly? for more details.

Complete the following steps to install Winsent Messenger:
- Download Winsent Messenger installation package (winsent-setup.zip).
- Extract content of the archive into directory you like, for example "My Documents".
- Run setup.exe.
- Follow setup program instructions.

2.5 Does Winsent Messenger support a "silent" install?

The .exe installer for Winsent Messenger supports two command line parameters for a silent install: /silent, /verysilent.

2.6 How do I automatically deploy the program on multiple computers?

The common way is to use .msi installer and installation through Group Policy.

2.7 Does Winsent Messenger work between different VLANs/subnets?

Winsent relies on the Netbios protocol so you need a Netbios name resolution mechanism, that works across subnets (WINS for example). This will allow Winsent to send personal messages between computers in different subnets. Broadcast messages are only delivered to computers on the same subnet with message sender (unless routers are configured to forward Netbios broadcast traffic between subnets).

Using Winsent Messenger



3.1 How to send a message to several recipients at once?

To send a message to several recipients at once, enter the recipient names in the "To" field of the new message window, delimiting them with commas.

3.2 Where is Winsent configuration information stored?

WinSent configuration information is stored in Windows registry. Most settings are stored under key
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Winsent Software\WinSent Messenger".
Value of option "Launch Winsent on startup" stored under key
"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run".

3.3 Where are WinSent message archive and contact-list stored?

Message archive file and contact list file are placed in %APPDATA%\WinSent Messenger\<version> directory.

3.4 How to send a message from command line using Winsent?

Winsent does not support command line parameters for message sending. In order to send "net send" message from command line use the Sent utility (see Net send messages from command line of Windows 8/7/Vista).

Troubleshooting


4.1 Winsent tray icon is always gray. The icon tooltip says: "Registering on the net...".

This message usually means that there is another messaging software running on the same or another computer that uses the same network resources (messaging names). This might be the standard Windows messenger service, Winsent Innocenti or a third party "net send" compatible software. You have to uninstall or disable this kind of software on your computer. Also, make sure that each user on your LAN is logged on under their own unique name and user names differ from computer names.

4.2 Winsent tray icon is always gray. The icon tooltip says: "No network found".

This usually means that there are no active network interfaces with "Netbios over TCP/IP" option enabled on your computer. Enable the option.

4.3 When I try to send a new message the program says: "Can't send message. Recipient not found on the net".

There is a number of possible reasons:
- Network and system settings do not meet the requirements. Make sure that all the requirements are met (see the article "Windows settings requirements").
- There is another messaging software running on the same or another computer that uses the same network resources (messaging names) (see the question N 4.1).
- The computer you are sending the message to does not have any compatible messaging sofware installed and running. Make sure that the sofware is installed and running (see the question N 1.2).
- A recipient with specified name really does not exist. You can use the following names as recipient names: computers network name, user login, workgroup or domain name.
- The recipient is located in another VLAN/subnet. Setup Netbios name resolution in you network (see question "Does Winsent Messenger work between different VLANs/subnets?").

4.4 The program does not show any user/computer in the network search window.

Enable "File and printer sharing" exclusion and the following ports: UDP 137, 138 and TCP 139, 445 in Windows Firewall (Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8).

Enable "Network discovery" and "File and printer sharing" in your network profile (Windows Vista/7/8).



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