My problem is simple: network discovery is way too slow when using Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. I have hunted around the Internet only to find guesses as to the real problem, with no definitive solution. So I thougth I'd post the question here.
I run a Windows Workgroup with 3 computers: Win 7, Server 2008 R2 and an XP box. When I use Explorer to browse network shares on the XP box, it shows other network items instantly as normal. But from the server or Win 7 machines, it takes a good 1-2 minutes to begin showing anything else on the network. This is with only 3 machines connected to a known-good router.
The rules of logic indicate that it's a configuration problem or a bug in the Windows 7/Server kernel. So, how do I fix it?