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Saving an Excel or Word 2007 file to a network share is very slow in Office 2007. It might take as long as two minutes two save a 100kb file. What could be causing this?

The network share is hosted on a Windows 2003 server.

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Should be moved to SuperUser. – gravyface Apr 13 '10 at 17:46
why? this is client/server – jao Apr 13 '10 at 19:46
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I am going to assume your network connection is just fine, and you are local to the server (i.e not VPN'ing in). You didn't specify whether this was just yourself, or everybody having the issue, however that is pretty irrelevant to my answer.

I've seen Office hang for a while on save and/or print dialog boxes when you have either a network printer which is no longer in service, or mapped network drives pointing to non-existent/unavailable servers.

Is it just Office which is slow to save, or any application? Try opening Notepad and attempting to save to the same file server. Also, when doing a \\SERVERNAME, can you browse the share(s) relatively quickly?

If you have physical access to the server or can RDP to it, fire up Task Manager and check you've not got something eating away all of the CPU. While you're in Task Manager, check the memory usage isn't excessive too.

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It's just Office, and it is me and at least two other persons running Windows 7. There's no high CPU or Mem load on the server. All mapped network drives are connected to existing and available servers – jao Apr 13 '10 at 19:46

This worked for me when office was slow to launch and save:

Make the default printer Adobe PDF or a locally attached printer instead of a network printer.

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