Issues with my small network (trying to pursue networking)

Hello,
I have a network of three computers. Two XP home and one W2k pro. They are connected to a hub which then connects to a Linksys BEFSX41 router which is connected to an ADSL modem. I use SBC as my ISP.
I use the W2K as the file and print server meaning that i save all important files in there and i have a shared printer from the workstation.

1. Is there anyway I can setup trusted connectivity so that whenever one wants to access files or resources(printer) from another pc they dont have to put in that (server?!) name and password?

2. Whenever I enable Advanced firewall option on the router, to read email from hotmail, yahoo or justice.com takes three to four trials, i.e. i have to click back and click the link again before the actual page can be displayed all other times it says page cannot be displayed. If I disable it all runs smoozz

3. The W2K takes forever to boot up, i have defraged and cleaned for virus but still takes sometimes up to 20 minutes!!! (usually atleast 7-10 mins). Its a celeron with 128 MB ram

I will appreciate any help on any part.
(and if this is not the right forum, please advise where best to ask)
Thanks ya'll :-)
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sealraidCommented:
1. My suggestion on the networking issue would be to install the printer as a network printer so the other computers don't need to even transfer files to the win 2k computer they can just print from their computer straight to the printer on the win 2k comp.

2. If the advanced firewall feature is giving you problems I would just turn it off because the router Is already a firewall itself.  Routers and switches are basically hardware firewalls against the outside.  If your still feeling unsecure you can always just get Black Ice its a fire wall that you can download from allmost anywhere and is very good as well.  (I just use my switch though and I have never had anyproblems)

3. what Is the speed of the celeron?  It really shouldn't matter because that is even slow for a 386.  I myself would back up the win 2k comp like copy all the files to another comp and then format it that always solves my problems.  But you can also try going into the bios usually f1 or del when your comp is just starting up and make sure the option of quick boot is on.

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stevenlewisCommented:
1. Is there anyway I can setup trusted connectivity so that whenever one wants to access files or resources(printer) from another pc they dont have to put in that (server?!) name and password?
Yes,  either, a.) add the users from the other machies to the w2k box (usernames and passwords) and give them permissions to the shares or
B.)
enable the guest acc"t on the w2k box and give it permissions to the share (not as secure)

2. If the advanced firewall feature is giving you problems I would just turn it off because the router Is already a firewall itself.  Routers and switches are basically hardware firewalls against the outside.  If your still feeling unsecure you can always just get Black Ice its a fire wall that you can download from allmost anywhere and is very good as well.  (I just use my switch though and I have never had anyproblems)
Personally, I use Zone Alarm fully configurable, an free
www.zonelabs.com

what Is the speed of the celeron?  It really shouldn't matter because that is even slow for a 386.  I myself would back up the win 2k comp like copy all the files to another comp and then format it that always solves my problems.  But you can also try going into the bios usually f1 or del when your comp is just starting up and make sure the option of quick boot is on.
the real problem with cleleron is the on die ache (mush less than pnetium), but the Proc has little to do with boot speed. More important is the programs and sevies that have to load. Use msconfig (start -->run, type msconfig, go to the startup tab, and uncheck all that is not needed to start when the machine boots) this should speed up your boot process
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