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Last night a Windows update on my Windows 7 machine added a new "Homegroup" icon to my desktop.

I don't want the icon on my desktop but can't see any way to get rid of it.

It's not listed in the desktop icons under personalisation settings and it's not a regular shortcut so can't be deleted in the usual manner. The context (right click) menu also provides no suitable option.

Any ideas?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You need to modify some registry keys. Here are the instructions on Microsoft's Windows 7 forums.

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That worked great. Thanks – Matt Lacey Aug 3 '10 at 9:29
  1. Go to "Folder Options"
  2. Click "View"
  3. Scroll down to "Use Sharing Wizard (Recommended)", it must be checked
  4. Uncheck the checkbox
  5. Click "Apply" (the icon will be removed from your desktop)
  6. Recheck the checkbox (the icon will not be back)
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Perfect, this works on Windows 8 too. I have no idea why the Homegroup icon suddenly appeared. Maybe it was because I updated my network drivers. – Wyatt O'Day Mar 25 '13 at 6:52

Or, if you don't fancy modifying your registry, just stop and disable the follwing services:

HomeGroup Listener
HomeGroup Provider


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For those who don't use HomeGroup at all, this is a much cleaner solution. – mindless.panda Aug 9 '11 at 0:57

Following the link provided by Alex, I found an easy way to get rid of Homegroup icon from desktop.

Quote from zzark's answer:

right-click on the Homegroup icon, select homegroup settings, then select leave homegroup.

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I'm not sure that's what the poster meant, because he didn't say he wants to leave the homegroup - he might be using it, he just wants to remove it's icon from the desktop. – Michael Oct 17 '12 at 8:48

I had to revisit this as that icon reappeared on my desktop, and the answer in the form wasn't working. I was getting lots of import errors. so did a little more searching, and Found another answer as to how to get rid of the icon, that doesn't make you copy paste and import. nor does it have you leave the home group or disable related services

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Try right clicking on the desktop and clicking refresh. Simples

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Welcome to Superuser. Please edit your answer so that it fully explains why it solves the issue. – Bort Mar 14 at 19:58
Welcome to Super User! While this may answer the question, it would be a better answer if you could provide some explanation why it does so. – DavidPostill Mar 14 at 21:36

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