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HomeGroup Icon on win 8.1 desktop

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    HomeGroup Icon on win 8.1 desktop


    HI there i have the HomeGroup Icon on my desktop and restarting doesn't help to remove this Icon if anyone could help me remove this icon without disabling HomeGroup would be awesome.

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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    There seems to be a bug where the HomeGroup icon can reappear at random

    Desktop Icons - Hide or Show - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Right Click on desktop->Personalize->Change Desktop Icons then tick on Network to enable, Apply, untick on Network to disable, Apply.
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello Tony,

    If that doesn't help, then see if temporarily disabling your network connection may have it go away (possibly after a restart), then enable your network again.
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    Posts : 526
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    ok will try both these and let yeah know
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  5. #5


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Right clicking on the desktop and doing a refresh works for clearing the Homegroup icon. My netbook was giving me a problem with the icon appearing about half of the time on a reboot or start. Shawn's registry tweak from this blog seems to have fixed it for me. I downloaded the "Remove_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon.reg" file and merged it as instructed and haven't had the icon to appear since.

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    That one has not always worked in Windows 8, but I'm glad to hear that it did for you Mick.
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