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Red computer icons in Homegroup

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    Red computer icons in Homegroup


    I have been using Homegroup on my PCs for years and never ever noticed this.
    Last week I did clean installs of Win 8.1 on both my laptop and tablet and I suddenly noticed that they are represented by a red icon in the Homegroup.
    During troubleshooting I "left" the Homegroup with all PCs, made a fresh homegroup and reconnected, but the red icons just appeared again.
    Things seem to work normally, I can access all shared files from all PCs on all other PCs.
    This makes me wonder: did I miss these red color of the icons all these years, or did they just appear now and does the red color indicate something I should correct?

    Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts and wisdom!

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    Never seen that before. What happens if you click on one of them?
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    It seems that everything works as usual, doubleclicking an icon opens the list of shared items as it has always done.
    It is just the red color, I suspect it is warning me for something.
    If I only knew why.....
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    Any third party Internet Security software installed?
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    No, just Windows Defender, Malwarebytes and EMET.
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    No Desktop skins either I take it? No unusual programs that have been loaded? I am at as much of a loss as you are on that. What happens when you do a Safe mode with Networking or setup a local account on that computer?
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    Nope, all machines have a plain vanilla Windows installation.
    I noticed that on the 'affected' machines the red icons are shown as well, so the red icon display is shown on all Homegroup machines.
    I am inclined to think it is something that the Homegroup 'management' pushes to the machines, i.e. something in the Outlook.com account / sync server at MS.
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