By Susam Pal on 10 Dec 2001

While browsing the C:\Windows directory of the Windows 98 system in our dorm room, I came across an interesting program named Winpopup.exe. It is a tiny little program that can be used to send messages from one Windows system to another on the same local area network (LAN).

A screenshot of Windows directory
Winpopup.exe in C:\Windows of Windows 98

Windows networking supports the notion of workgroups where one or more computers may logically belong to a common group. Computers belonging to the same workgroup can share resources such as files, printers, etc. with each other. To see the workgroup your computer belongs to, go to Start > Settings > Control Panel > Network > Identification and see the value of the field named "Workgroup". By default, this value is "WORKGROUP" but it can be changed to create smaller working groups of computers.

Apart from sending messages to a specific computer, WinPopup supports sending messages to an entire workgroup of computers too. An example of this is shown later in this post.

A screenshot of Windows workgroup configuration
Workgroup configuration in Windows 98

To start WinPopup, go to My Computer > C: > Windows, then click on the link that says "Show Files", then scroll down to the bottom to find WinPopup.exe, and finally double click on it to start it. Alternatively, you can also type win+r, type winpopup, and type enter.

A screenshot of WinPopup
WinPopup running on Windows 98

To send a message, simply click on the envelope icon, select one of the radio buttons depending on whether you want to send a message to a specific computer or an entire workgroup, then type the name of the computer or workgroup you want to send your message to, and then type the message to be sent.

A screenshot of message being composed in WinPopup
Composing a message running on WinPopup running on Windows 98

When you are ready to send the message, just click on the OK button. If everything goes fine, a message box confirming that the message was successfully sent should appear.

A screenshot of a message successfully sent with WinPopup
Message sent successfully with WinPopup running on Windows 98

It is worth noting here that the recipient also needs to have WinPopup running in order to receive messages successfully. I found this tool only a few days ago and I already find this tool to be very useful for communicating with other users of Windows systems.

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