I tried this method and after 2 reboots, homegroup is back on my desktop.... wtf M$? let me get rid of it please
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
Hope this helps,
Would this change affect the network at all - not using homegroup, just the usual network connections.
No. Disabling only those two services would only affect homegroup and not any other part of the network.
Thank you very much Brink.
You're most welcome.
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
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.