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No option to create homegroup

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    No option to create homegroup


    Hi, I did a fresh install of Windows 8.1x64 Pro. When I go to Network&Sharing Center, next to "Homegroup" I see in blue:"Available to join" instead of "Create Homegroup". If I click on "Available to join" it displays a 2nd page saying "User on WIN-V4BEBDAHMSL has created a homegoup on the network". However I never connected this Win8.1 PC to any other client in the LAN, it's a single PC. How can I cleanup this bogus homegroup so that the option to create one can be recovered? Thanks

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    1. Control Panel->Homegroup->Leave Home Group
    2. Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services
      - Disable Homegroup Listener
      - Disable Homegroup Provider



    Note: If you don't use Home Group at all, then do the above. Re-enable the 2 sevices in step 2 will allow to create Homegroup.
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    Thanks topgun. You know, this is crazy, I left my PC as described at the start of the thread, I came back a few hours later, and now instead of "Available to Join" it reads "Ready to Create". Any idea why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    Thanks topgun. You know, this is crazy, I left my PC as described at the start of the thread, I came back a few hours later, and now instead of "Available to Join" it reads "Ready to Create". Any idea why?
    Not really sure why. Do you allow anybody else using your network access, neigbours using Win7/8 maybe ?
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    Hi topgun, I was thinking what changes might have caused this. The only change is that when I posted this thread I had Vmware running some clients (XP and 7). Before leaving I shut them down. So it's possible that while Vmware has some clients active that they create a homegroup?
    (my LAN is wired and aside from myself no one else uses it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    Hi topgun, I was thinking what changes might have caused this. The only change is that when I posted this thread I had Vmware running some clients (XP and 7). Before leaving I shut them down. So it's possible that while Vmware has some clients active that they create a homegroup?
    (my LAN is wired and aside from myself no one else uses it)
    Yes, that's it.
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    No mention of VMware being active in both posts Win 7 and 8 forums?

    Of course that was the issue but if VMware was mentioned in the first place it would have been easier to diagnose the issue.

    Leaving the Homegroup on the VMware machine would have also fixed the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    No mention of VMware being active in both posts Win 7 and 8 forums?

    Of course that was the issue but if VMware was mentioned in the first place it would have been easier to diagnose the issue.

    Leaving the Homegroup on the VMware machine would have also fixed the issue.
    Sorry, I did not suspect of Vmware in the first place, but then I realized that without Vmware the option to create a Homegroup reappeared. By the way, how do you leave the Homegroup in the Vmware machine?
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    I guess it is the same as you would in physical machine. Control Panel->Homegroup then click on leave the homegroup but make sure you have 2 services for Homegroup running then you can disable afterward.
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    Thanks topgun, I'll try that later. I sometimes copy/paste files from my PC to a VM machine and vice versa. Will leaving the homegroup in the VM machine cripple this feature?
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