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Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8

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    Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8

    Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
    How to Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    09 Jan 2014
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    How to Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Homegroup from the navigation pane of File Explorer for all users in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: Homegroup added and removed from navigation pane

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    Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
    To Enable or Disable Homegroup for All Users


    Note   Note
    This option will completely enable or disable Homegroup to also add or remove Homegroup from the navigation pane of all users for when Show all folders is checked and unchecked.

    If you remove/disable Homegroup using this option, then you will not be able to create or join a homegroup, and it will override what is set in OPTION TWO below.


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Enable and Add Homegroup to Navigation Pane
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Enable, set to Manual, and Start the two services below. (see screenshot below)

    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider

    B) You will now be able to create or join a homegroup if you like, and users will be able to use OPTION ONE above.

    3. To Disable and Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane

    A) If you are currently joined to a homegroup, then you will need to first leave the homegroup before continuing to the next step.

    B) Stop and disable the two services below.

    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider

    C) If open, refresh (F5) or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.


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    4. Sometimes you may need to restart the computer to apply.





    Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
    To Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane for All Users


    Note   Note
    This option will only add or remove Homegroup from the navigation pane for all users without affecting being able to use the homegroup.

    This option will only add or remove Homegroup when Show all folders is unchecked. Homegroup will still always show when Show all folders is checked.

    If you remove/disable Homegroup using OPTION ONE above, then it will override this option.


    1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. If you have not already, then in the left pane of regedit, change owner to Administrators and check the Replace owner of subcontainers and objects box of the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} registry key, and set permissions to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control" of the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} registry key. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}


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    4. If you have 64-bit Windows, then in regedit, navigate to the location below. If you have not already, then in the left pane of regedit, change owner to Administrators and check the Replace owner of subcontainers and objects box of the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} registry key, and set permissions to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control" of the {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} registry key. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}


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    5. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do and if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.


    6. To Add Homegroup to Navigation Pane in 32-bit Windows
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    32-bit_Add_HomeGroup_to_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

    7. To Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in 32-bit Windows

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    32-Bit_Remove_HomeGroup_from_Navigation_Pane..reg

    download

    8. To Add Homegroup to Navigation Pane in 64-bit Windows
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-bit_Add_HomeGroup_to_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download

    9. To Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in 64-bit Windows

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    64-Bit_Remove_HomeGroup_from_Navigation_Pane..reg

    download

    10. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    11. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    12. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    13. Restart the computer to apply.

    14. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows 8.1 update 1 here, option 2 to remove HomeGroup in Nav Pane when 'show all folders' is selected. Even after restarting Windows Explorer. Is there a fix for this? I have absolutely no use for HomeGroups and don't want it cluttering up my Navigation Pane.

    Thanks in advance

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dixon,

    See if restarting the computer may help to get rid of it.
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    nope
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    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you were part of a homegroup, did you leave it first before disabling the services?
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    Windows 7


    This will not work on Windows 8.1 x64, why?
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    Posts : 22,584
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello gayxq,

    Which option are you referring to?

    Do you meet the requirements in the blue note box for that option?
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 7


    On home PC, I ran the Remove Registry file and stopped two services, but the Home Group shown on navigate pane yet.
    On office PC, I ran the Add Registry file and enabled the two services, but the Home Group will not be shown on naviage pane.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Is the office PC joined to a homegroup?

    Homegroup - Join in Windows 8

    Is the home PC currently joined to a homegroup?

    Do you have "Show all folders" checked on the home PC?
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    Posts : 36
    Windows 7


    No, two PCs do not join the homegroups, and they do not show all folders, two PCs are both Windows 8.1 pro x64, thank you.
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