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Solved How to remove the Homegroup icon in Windows 8?


Pixel Eater

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#1
The Windows 7 method for removing the homegroup icon from the navigation pain doesn't seem to work, even though the extremely similar method for the libraries icon does. Has anyone managed to remove it? I don't feel like disabling homegroups, Microsoft made setting up a network too annoying without it (unless someone has a guide...)

Here was the old way. It seems to have no effect:
Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane - Windows 7 Forums
 

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#2
Hello Pixel Eater,

I just tested the tutorial in Windows 8, and it works if you also do it with these registry locations below as well. :)

32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
Only 64-bit Windows 8:
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Pixel Eater

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#3
I think it copies the value and ownership permissions to those keys automatically, at least after restart. I've tried this word for word on two installs, a 32-bit and 64-bit and on both of them Homegroup just sticks around. It doesn't really make sense.
 

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#4
Well, back to the drawing board. I got it working once by doing what I posted above with 64-bit W8 as the main OS on a laptop, but I can't repeat it on a 64-bit W8 virtual machine.

More work to do.
 

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#6
When I opened it, it was already under the impression homegroup was disabled. I'm sure because according to Windows 7 spec it was. I reenabled and redisabled to no avail. I'll keep playing with it, but I think 8's going to require its own solution. Strange that it works *sometimes*, although never for me.
 

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#7
I have done it manually:_
Open Computer and right-click on "Homegroup" icon present in Navigation pane and select “Change Home Group Settings
Now click on "Leave the homegroup..." link given at bottom. (it will ask, and you need to confirm it)

Open Services.msc. Scroll down and disable

HomeGroup Listener
HomeGroup Provider

Using 64Bit, this got rid of them in Windows explorer also.
 

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#8
Shawn, where have you hidden your tutorial? I can't find it I get this mystery reappearing desktop Homegroup icon from time to time. Sometimes it disappears of its own accord and other times it does not.
 

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#9
I appeared to have fixed it anyway by first leaving the Homegroup and secondly stopping then disabling the 2 Homegroup services.
 

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#10
Shawn, where have you hidden your tutorial? I can't find it I get this mystery reappearing desktop Homegroup icon from time to time. Sometimes it disappears of its own accord and other times it does not.
I appeared to have fixed it anyway by first leaving the Homegroup and secondly stopping then disabling the 2 Homegroup services.
Hello Peter,

This was for the navigation pane instead, but for the desktop, the tutorial below should work if you don't want to disable the services. :)

HomeGroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Forums
 

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#11
Thanks. ;-)
 

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#12
Anytime mate. :)
 

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#13
I tried this method and after 2 reboots, homegroup is back on my desktop.... wtf M$? let me get rid of it please
 

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#14

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#15
Would this change affect the network at all - not using homegroup, just the usual network connections.
 

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Hello Lafargeotte,

No. Disabling only those two services would only affect homegroup and not any other part of the network. :)
 

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#17
Thank you very much Brink.
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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I find that despite Brink's solution the icon periodically (& very mysteriously) reappears for a few minutes then disappears of its own accord. Totally weird. I wonder if it's reacting with my McAfee Beta software which does have a network component?

By the way CalBear posted about it here too: http://www.eightforums.com/network-sharing/5486-remove-homegroup-icon.html
 

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#20
still poping up randomly!!! lol. I am using a Netgear WNDA3100v2 wireless adapter and am starting to think that drivers are part of the problem... very annoying adapter to deal with even without this issue.

windows 8 detects the adapter and connects to my network when it boots up and then 5 seconds later i think the NETGEAR smartwizard drivers load up and then it disconnects from the network and then reconnects using smartwizard. i can't figure out how to get the adapter to function without the drivers installed though.
 

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    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX 670
    Sound Card
    Creative
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24 LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    WD 500Gb
    64Gb SSD Sata3
    PSU
    TX750W Corsair 80 Silver plus certified
    Case
    AzzA
    Cooling
    Corsair H60 Liquid Cooling
    Keyboard
    Logitech G110
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    15/2.5

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