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problem deploying printer to winxp from server 2008 r2

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I posted a question earlier in the week about the wisdom of managing my printers with the new server 2008 r2.  I got some good information but the decision was taken out of my hands.  My boss is intent on managing our printer with 2008 r2.  With that being said, I did heed the advice I received and have been doing testing all day and it's very frustrating.
Here's what I've done:
I created a group policy object and I set it up to deploy the printer via group policy preferences.  I attached the gpo to the test ou and using targeting based on the organizational unit and the computers in the OU.  
In the gpo, I set loopback/merge, always wait for the network at computer startup, configured a tcp/ip printer on the computer side in preferences/ user config/point and print restrictions.
Ok with those settings in mind, on the server 2008 r2, in drivers, I added drivers for winxp 32bit, 64bit, hp universal printer driver x86, win7 32bit.  I then deployed the printer with group policy and connected to the gro I have preferences with which I guess was stupid and overkill.
In the end, the printer deployed to the win 7 machine but not the winxp machine.
I checked gprsop and had no errors and no errors in the event viewer.  No clue.
Then I read I needed pushprinterconnections.exe for the winxp machines but couldn't find it anywhere.  
Sorry for rambling but I wanted to give you as much info as I could.  Your help and recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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Does your xp machine have client side extensions windows update installed? without this the preferences won't work
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james1001 - yes - I made it a point to installe the client side extensions.
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Can you test setting a different preference in the gpo and see if you get that on your xp machine, this should help decide if there is an issues with just the printing setup or preferences as a whole to your xp estate.
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james1001 - i changed the preferences to deploy the printer from the user config as a shared printer and it worked for xp.   Here's what I will try now.  I want this gpo to apply to users but I'll user loopback merge so that users will get their settings along with the printer.  Now for whatever reason, with only the preferences enabled - my win7 client did not get the printer.  However, when I deploy the printer from 2008 r2 - (the deploy prinetr with group policy settings within print management) - then the win7 client gets the pritner.  Just wish things would work for once.  
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Glad you got it working to xp, it does sound confusing, and I'm a bit lost as to where you are, but it sounds like you have overcome the initial issue and now need to test a combination of the two working methods.
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james1001 - the xp side is working fine.  I was targeting the preference via the OU and didn't do it correctly.  Anyway, that is taken care of.  In your experience, should the same preference work for win7.  Win7 will obviously have the client side extensions.  I have the relevant drivers installed on the 2008 r2 server x64 user mode, x86 user mode.  
Anyway, as you said, I have to do more testing.  I just want everything to work because I'm going to be swapping out a 2003 print server for a 2008 r2 print server.  I have no choice in the matter.  I'm off work to tomorrow but will be back at this on Monday or maybe Saturday.  Hope you will stay tuned. Thanks.
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Thanks for your tmie and input.  Much appreciated.
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