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remove homegroup from windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    remove homegroup from windows 8.1


    Hello,

    I cannot remove the Homegroup from windows 8.1. I followed the instructions for windows 7 but nothing happens and homegroup is still there in file explorer.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Nov 2013 at 12:01. Reason: moved to new thread

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello entropy,

    Nope, that doesn't work in Windows 8.1 as you found out already.

    If you don't use homegroup, then you could disable the two services below, and restart the PC to no longer have HomeGroup in your navigation pane afterwards.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8


    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 upgrade from Windows 8.0

    HomeGroup reappears after re-booting


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello entropy,

    Nope, that doesn't work in Windows 8.1 as you found out already.

    If you don't use homegroup, then you could disable the two services below, and restart the PC to no longer have HomeGroup in your navigation pane afterwards.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 8


    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    Thanks Shawn, for your great tutorial series on customizing the Navigation pane in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
    I'm working in the latter, and followed the above instructions, and after first re-boot the Homegroup disappeared from the Navigation pane. Several re-boots later after removing Network and changing the order of Libraries and My PC in the Navigation pane, the Homegroup was back !
    A check in services.msc revealed the HomeGroup Provider service had turned itself on again.
    2013-11-28 00_04_19-Services.pdf.

    Any solutions to making it permanent for the Homegroup Navigation pane icon?
    All other tutorials work a treat for my Windows 8.1.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SwahiliWizz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you stop and disable the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services?

    If so, then you might see if setting the "Recovery" properties boxed in red below to "Take No Action" instead may help.

    Click image for larger version

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1 upgrade from Windows 8.0


    Hi Shawn
    Thanks so much for your reply and support. Have made changes to properties (amazing where you can right-click for context menus and properties - I did not know that).

    After testing, will report back.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Win 7/8.1


    Hi all,

    Just a quick note to say thank you. Killing the homegroup listener service was the key to getting the Win 8 box I'm working on to connect to a Windows XP machine that has the shared files we needed to get to. Thanks again!

    R.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 (with Bing!), XP Pro, Win 7 Pro


    I am having the same problem that started this thread - trying to remove Homegroup service, and then the icon in File Explorer. Although the services were stopped followed by restart OK, the icon is still there.

    Trying to "Leave the Homegroup" got me a message that Windows could not allow me to do that.

    I also tried the Win 7 registry method of getting rid of that icon, but regedit wouldn't allow me to change the value Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I think that I set the permissions correctly on both folders but I still got "Access denied"

    Tony
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tony, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You would need to leave the homegroup before stopping and disabling the services. You won't be able to when the services are disabled.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 (with Bing!), XP Pro, Win 7 Pro


    Thanks Shawn - ain't life simple when you know how

    Yes, I set them to start, left the HG, restopped them and disabled them. With computer restarts in between that damned icon has at last vanished.

    Now I can use our inherited Workgroup without any trouble again.

    As you probably guessed, I am new to 8.1 . I started with MS-DOS, then windows v 1, 3 ,4, 5, win95, 98, 98SE, XP Pro, Win 7 Pro and ended up with 8.1 when my wife needed a new computer. I still use all the others but of necessity have to learn how to massage 8.1 (Pleasantly surprised at how well the preinstall worked, but I mainly use 7 these days and don't need to change my own XP/Win7 PC.)

    Tony
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news Tony.


    Yeah, Windows 8.1 takes a bit to get used to, but once you do, it's not bad at all. Wait until you give Windows 10 a play with. I think it's even better that Windows 8.1 so far.
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