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i have a new WORKGROUP that is set up as follows:

Main Computer : Windows 7 Home Premium : HP Netowrk Printer installed : Norton Internet Security 2010

3 workstations : Windows XP Pro : HP Network printer installed : Norton Internet Security 2010

the printer is installed on the server
the workstations have it installed with the driver and installed by
selecting network connection during installation, network location = \\server\hp 2015

the problem is:
when i print from any computer
the printer takes 1-3 full minutes to print
the printer is not set up to any computer - it is on a LAN going to the Switch

everything used to run fine until i installed the new Windows 7 main computer.
now all - including windows 7 computer - takes forever after pressing print.

any thoughts as to why this is happening?
any settings to change?

thanks
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Question by:webdott
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by:senad
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Windows 7 Home Premium cant join domain/network.
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by:senad
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You can see here in the comparison charts :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Comparison_chart
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by:jazzIIIlove
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It seems senad is right but I wonder:

Could it be a name resolution problem?

Could you add the IP and the name of the machine to hosts file?

Best regards.
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by:webdott
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i have all the workstations on the workgroup
each workstation is mapped to the c: drive sharing
a database program. no event error logs in eventvwr
they all print to the printer, it is just slow.
 
per the chart: Windows 7 Home Premium  [ Create or Join Homegroup = Yes ]
it also says i can not do dynamic disks, it does
 
jazzllllove,
what do you mean name resolution problem?
? add the IP and the name of the machine to hosts file?
could you clarify this for me, it has been a long day and i am not getting it - i need some sleep.
thanks
 
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by:senad
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You can not join XP machines on Windows 7 Homegroup !
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by:webdott
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funny, i did.
you can see how to here:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/ 
 [ the Windows 7 machine has to use a password ]
to share the file, just map a drive like the example here: \\windows7machinename\c$
that share the hard drive entirely
maybe, this is not supposed to be, that is why it is slow, but it is working with no issues.
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by:webdott
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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/homegroup
also, the very bottom of microsofts page here, says:
 
You can join a homegroup in any edition of Windows 7, but you can only create one in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.
sorry, not trying to be blunt.
just making sure that you know it is possible and working.
 
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by:jazzIIIlove
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open your hosts file as under:
C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\ or %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\

To edit it follow:
http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-7/edit-hosts-file-in-windows-7-windows-vista/

You are simply going to add the IP and machine name couple to the hosts file.

Best regards.
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found it!
this is kind of sad. it is ike asking why a lawnmower will not work because it has no gas.
a cleaning crew member had been placing their buckets under the outlets that the network switch is connected to in the closet room. the switch plug was not connected all the way, giving limited power to the switch.  [ this would explain why i had other computers sometimes not connecting to the main computer - but that was another question ]
once i plugged this in all the way - everything worked and has been working without any issues since yesterday.
thanks for the help jazzllllove. that did not solve my issue, but at least you were trying.
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