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Win XP SP2 - Firewall controlled by group policy - cannot add network printer

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I have a small network of Win XP machines. I have one machine that will not detect netwokr printers. It says the firewall is controlled by a group policy. We do not use policies (other than default MS policies). We do not have a server and no domain. Where might this have come from? I have been having performance issues with this machine (especially over the network). All other machines on the network have the firewall turned off.  
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I read a post from a guy that stated his issue was virus related.
http://forums.wugnet.com/windows/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=440216&ex=group-policy-disables-firewall-virus-result
And you stated that you were having performance issues as well.
I would suggest an update of your anti-virus and anti-malware utilities and scans while in Safe Mode.
Can you browse to the computer that the printer is shared on or the printer itself? Looking at the firewall, is it set to ON or OFF?  I would definately agree with scanning the machine as well.

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how is the network set up?

Are all the PCs on the same switch or router?

Also, can that PC see all the shared file?

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All PC's are connected by a hub. They access the internet via a Firebox "router" (also on the hub). The PC in question cannot see all PCs in the workgroup. I use AVG for anti-virus on all PCs. I have scanned the PC twice now with nothing found. I also run Lavasoft AdAware and Hijackthis to keep things cleaned up. All PCs are on a 192.168.1.x network. All PCs are Win XP sp2.
Simon EarlSenior Consultant

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Are all the PC's on the Same workgroup ?

cheers
Si
Simon EarlSenior Consultant

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Also, is the DHCP coming from the router, or are you assigning static IP's

Can you post an ipconfig /all from the machine in question please

Cheers
Si

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C:\Documents and Settings\sandy>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : sandyPC
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VIA Compatable Fast Ethernet Adapter

        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-76-E6-17-50
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.241
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 151.164.23.201
                                            151.164.67.201

The IP is static and all PCs are in the workgroup "WORKGROUP"


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OK, I can see the DNS servers are in a seperate subnet to the main network.  Is this by design ?

secondly, the Node Type is Unknown.....Are you running this PC on VMware ? or is this a real machine ?

I presume the machine has internet access ?

Can you open gpedit.msc on the computer with the problems and turn the Firewall off ?

Thanks
Si
Windows Firewall options are grayed out:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/resetfwpol.htm

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I repaired WP. Problem solved