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How to remove the Homegroup icon in Windows 8?

  1. #11


    Toronto, Canada, from England
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    Win 8.1 Pro w/MC/Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1 (all x64)


    Thanks. ;-)
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  2. #12



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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Anytime mate.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    I tried this method and after 2 reboots, homegroup is back on my desktop.... wtf M$? let me get rid of it please
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  4. #14



    Posts : 18,602
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello CovertDeath,

    If you are not part of a homegroup, then you could disable the two services below. That should get rid of it for good.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8


    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #15


    France
    Posts : 52
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Would this change affect the network at all - not using homegroup, just the usual network connections.
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  6. #16



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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello Lafargeotte,

    No. Disabling only those two services would only affect homegroup and not any other part of the network.
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  7. #17


    France
    Posts : 52
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Thank you very much Brink.
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  8. #18



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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    You're most welcome.
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  9. #19


    Toronto, Canada, from England
    Posts : 643
    Win 8.1 Pro w/MC/Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1 (all x64)


    I find that despite Brink's solution the icon periodically (& very mysteriously) reappears for a few minutes then disappears of its own accord. Totally weird. I wonder if it's reacting with my McAfee Beta software which does have a network component?

    By the way CalBear posted about it here too: Remove the Homegroup Icon
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  10. #20


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    still poping up randomly!!! lol. I am using a Netgear WNDA3100v2 wireless adapter and am starting to think that drivers are part of the problem... very annoying adapter to deal with even without this issue.

    windows 8 detects the adapter and connects to my network when it boots up and then 5 seconds later i think the NETGEAR smartwizard drivers load up and then it disconnects from the network and then reconnects using smartwizard. i can't figure out how to get the adapter to function without the drivers installed though.
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