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How to remove the Homegroup icon in Windows 8?

  1. #1


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 x64

    How to remove the Homegroup icon in Windows 8?


    The Windows 7 method for removing the homegroup icon from the navigation pain doesn't seem to work, even though the extremely similar method for the libraries icon does. Has anyone managed to remove it? I don't feel like disabling homegroups, Microsoft made setting up a network too annoying without it (unless someone has a guide...)

    Here was the old way. It seems to have no effect:
    Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Forums

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  2. #2


    Posts : 20,466
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello Pixel Eater,

    I just tested the tutorial in Windows 8, and it works if you also do it with these registry locations below as well.

    32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8:
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
    Only 64-bit Windows 8:
    Code:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
    
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 x64


    I think it copies the value and ownership permissions to those keys automatically, at least after restart. I've tried this word for word on two installs, a 32-bit and 64-bit and on both of them Homegroup just sticks around. It doesn't really make sense.
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Well, back to the drawing board. I got it working once by doing what I posted above with 64-bit W8 as the main OS on a laptop, but I can't repeat it on a 64-bit W8 virtual machine.

    More work to do.
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    Last edited by Brink; 24 Apr 2012 at 10:31. Reason: replaced direct download with source link of program
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  6. #6


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 x64


    When I opened it, it was already under the impression homegroup was disabled. I'm sure because according to Windows 7 spec it was. I reenabled and redisabled to no avail. I'll keep playing with it, but I think 8's going to require its own solution. Strange that it works *sometimes*, although never for me.
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  7. #7


    I have done it manually:_
    Open Computer and right-click on "Homegroup" icon present in Navigation pane and select “Change Home Group Settings
    Now click on "Leave the homegroup..." link given at bottom. (it will ask, and you need to confirm it)

    Open Services.msc. Scroll down and disable

    HomeGroup Listener
    HomeGroup Provider

    Using 64Bit, this got rid of them in Windows explorer also.
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  8. #8


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 660
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Shawn, where have you hidden your tutorial? I can't find it I get this mystery reappearing desktop Homegroup icon from time to time. Sometimes it disappears of its own accord and other times it does not.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 660
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    I appeared to have fixed it anyway by first leaving the Homegroup and secondly stopping then disabling the 2 Homegroup services.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 20,466
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Shawn, where have you hidden your tutorial? I can't find it I get this mystery reappearing desktop Homegroup icon from time to time. Sometimes it disappears of its own accord and other times it does not.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    I appeared to have fixed it anyway by first leaving the Homegroup and secondly stopping then disabling the 2 Homegroup services.
    Hello Peter,

    This was for the navigation pane instead, but for the desktop, the tutorial below should work if you don't want to disable the services.

    HomeGroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Forums
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