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Homegroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8

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    Homegroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8

    Homegroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8
    How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is online now
    25 Jun 2014
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    How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers), and libraries (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. Your homegroup is protected with a password, which you can change at any time.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Homegroup desktop icon for only your user account in Windows 8 and 8.1.

    Tip   Tip
    If you are only getting the Homegroup desktop icon randomly showing on your desktop, then you could try this below instead to quickly remove it.


    A) If you don't use homegroup at all, then you could stop and disable the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services, and restart the computer.

    OR

    B) Refresh (F5) your desktop.

    OR

    C) Turn the Network desktop icon on, apply, off, OK.

    OR

    D) Step 3 in the tutorial below.


    EXAMPLE: Homegroup desktop icon

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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry keys and value below.

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

    AND

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu


    {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} DWORD

    0 = Add
    1 = Remove



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

    2. To Add Homegroup Desktop Icon

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Homegroup_Desktop_Icon.reg

    download

    3. To Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Homegroup_Desktop_Icon.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

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

    7. Refresh (F5) your desktop to apply.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Hi Shawn,

    I downloaded "Remove_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon.reg" sometime ago and found that although it did remove the icon the damned thing reappears after a while.
    Just downloaded the version from this thread and have found that it is different from the one I had previously downloaded.
    The old version had each entry repeated.
    Does that make a difference?

    I have attached copies of both files.

    Remove_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon(1).reg

    Remove_Homegroup_Desktop_Icon(2).reg
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Jun 2014 at 20:37. Reason: attached uploaded files

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Jim,

    The old one you have is for Windows 7 and was for all users.

    The one here is only for Windows 8, and only per user instead of all users.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Jim,

    The old one you have is for Windows 7 and was for all users.

    The one here is only for Windows 8, and only per user instead of all users.
    Thanks Shawn.

    I've run the latest one, so let's hope it has banished the icon for good.
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    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    If not, then just let me know and if you use Homegroup or not.
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    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If not, then just let me know and if you use Homegroup or not.
    We do use Homegroup on our LAN.

    Will let you know if the icon resurfaces.
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    I'm running Windows 8.1 Classic Shell...

    The keys you listed for the registry edit aren't at the location you gave. I found them in two other places, listed here with their values and data:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\
    ClassicStartMenu
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}.default set to 0
    {9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b} set to 1


    NewStartPanel
    {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
    {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
    {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
    {5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
    {59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
    {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
    {8E74D236-7F35-4720-B138-1FED0B85EA75}
    {9343812e-1c37-4a49-a12e-4b2d810d956b}
    {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}
    {F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}
    all set to 1


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons
    ClassicStartMenu
    (same as above)


    NewStartPanel
    (same as above)

    So, should I try to modify the data for the value myself in their keys? Why are mine in a different place than what you listed?
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    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Minnie Mouse,

    The HKCU location in the tutorial is for the current user only. It's not always there by default, so the tutorial provides an easy way to add them to set how you like.

    You don't want to change the HKLM location.

    Since you don't have them at the location in the tutorial, I can only assume that you don't have the icon and want to add it?
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    I don't know how you ascertain if you're the "current user" or not. I'm the only one that has ever used this computer. I do know I have administration privileges (after fighting a scary renaming battle when I first got the new machine).

    Anyway, I DO NOT want that stupid icon on my desktop. I did a lot of research to get rid of it in the first place, and like so many people have admitted, it doesn't STAY gone. I haven't pinpointed what event makes it come back, but it most certainly does. I know how to make it go away temporarily, and I don't want to completely nuke the applicable services (I think?) because I'm afraid it will mess up something I want to do, such as send jobs to my printer on bluetooth or something online. Maybe it didn't show up in the HKCU locations because it was temporarily off the desktop at the time I searched the registry?

    The bottom line is that I do want to permanently make that icon stop reappearing on my desktop. Since you say not to change the data setting on the locations I found, what can I do?
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    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, use step 3 in the tutorial to see how it goes.
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