I am going to be quick and to the point. This is from Neowins HomeGroup site:

Remember that HomeGroup works only with Windows 7 machines and it does not support Vista or XP.

If you try to use HomeGroup it will not work with other machines on the network. Unless of course they are W7 boxes.

How to do a clean install using a  Windows 7 upgrade disk:

Here’s how to clean install Windows 7 using Upgrade media and a new or reformatted PC with no installed OS.

First, perform a normal clean install of the OS by booting the PC with the Upgrade Setup disc and stepping through Setup.

After performing the clean install, ensure that there are no Windows Updates pending that would require a system reboot. (You’ll see an orange shield icon next to Shutdown in the Start Menu if this is the case).

Then, open regedit.exe with Start Menu Search and navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media

Change MediaBootInstall from “1” to “0”.

Open the Start Menu again and type cmd to display a shortcut to the Command Line utility. Right-click this shortcut and choose “Run as administrator.” Handle the UAC prompt.

In the command line window, type: slmgr /rearm

Then tap ENTER, close the command line window and reboot. When Windows 7 reboots, run the Activate Windows utility, type in your product key and activate windows. It should just work.

Oh yeah. I learned this also this weekend. If you want to contact a printer through a print server via a wireless connection try this. Set the printer up as a local printer first. Next set it up as a network printer. Delete the local printer and viola. It worked for me.

Comments welcome.

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