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

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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.

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HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
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.






HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO HomeGroup Settings Shortcut - Create in Windows 8.1
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.


(HomeGroup settings in PC settings location)
Code:
%windir%\explorer.exe %localappdata%\Packages\windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Indexed\Settings\en-US\AAA_Settings_HomeGroup.settingcontent-ms
OR

(HomeGroup settings in Control Panel location)
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}


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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.

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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