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Cannot remove Homegroup Icon from Desktop (W8.1)

  1. #1


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Cannot remove Homegroup Icon from Desktop (W8.1)


    Hi there
    Not sure what update it appeared after but I now have a Home group icon on the desktop that I can't remove -- normal desktop icons can be deleted via right mouse click --no option for this. On the Home group icon the delete option doesn't appear on right mouse click.

    As I'm running W8.1 ENTERPRISE I don't want or NEED Homegroups.

    Any solution on how to get rid of the icon. (I can always restore but I shouldn't have to do this for such a stupid problem).

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jimbo,

    Since you do not use HomeGroup, you could stop and disable the two services below to get rid of it. You may or may not need to restart the PC afterwards to apply if refreshing the desktop doesn't do so.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8

    HomeGroup Listener
    HomeGroup Provider

    Hope this helps.
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  3. #3


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Thanks that fixed it

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime mate.
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