HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1

How to Create a "HomeGroup Settings" Shortcut in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to create or download a HomeGroup settings shortcut that opens to PC settings and Control Panel locations in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: HomeGroup settings in PC settings location
NOTE: This shortcut will only work in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 editions.
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EXAMPLE: HomeGroup settings in Control Panel location
NOTE: This shortcut works in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1 editions.
HomeGroup_Settings.jpg






OPTION ONE

To Download a "HomeGroup Settings" Shortcut


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for which shortcut you wanted.​
2. HomeGroup Settings in Control Panel Location Shortcut
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.​
HomeGroup_Settings_Shortcut.zip
download
3. HomeGroup Settings in PC settings Location Shortcut
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ZIP file below, and go to step 4 below.​
HomeGroup_PC-settings_Shortcut.zip
download
4. Save the .zip file to your desktop.​
5. Open the .zip file and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.​
6. Unblock the extracted shortcut.​
7. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.​




OPTION TWO

To Manually Create a "HomeGroup Settings" Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area of your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste either command below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
Note   Note
If you are not have a US English Windows 8.1 installed, then you will need to change the en-US folder name in the command below for the folder name with your language instead for this to work.

Note   Note


(HomeGroup settings in PC settings location)
Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe %localappdata%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\[B][COLOR=#ff0000]en-US[/COLOR][/B]\AAA_Settings_HomeGroup.settingcontent-ms

OR

(HomeGroup settings in Control Panel location)
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
shortcut-1.jpg
3. Type HomeGroup Settings for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this shortcut anything you would like though.
shortcut-2.jpg
4. Right click or swipe down on the new HomeGroup Settings shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.​
5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)​
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll
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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)​
NOTE: You can use any icon that you would like instead though.​
8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)​
9. If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​


That's it,
Shawn


 

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