I'd like to remove "Homegroup" from the left side of my Windows Explorer in Windows 7/8.
To remove Homegroup (and stop Homegroup networking functionality):
Go to Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> HomeGroup, and click on "Leave the homegroup" link and confirm to unjoin from any existing home group. Note: If the home group are shared and hosted from the PC, all HomeGroup connections will be disconnected.
In the future, if you want to use Homegroup networking you can create a homegroup using this same dialog.
Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools, and double click on Services. Alternatively, type
For each of the following two services:
Do the following:
Stop the service, and then double click on the service to open Properties dialog, and set its Startup type to "Disabled". Click OK when done. In order to reinstate Homegroup functionality in the future, you will want to set the Startup type back to Manual.
The HomeGroup icon and group will no longer be shown in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer in Windows 7. Note that this does not interrupt "traditional" windows networking functionality (e.g., Map Network Drive).
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To remove just the icon in Windows Explorer, edit the following Registry key:
To disable the Homegroup icon use the value
If you get a permission denied error, change the permissions on the
First, leave any homegroup network as follows:
For both, stop the service. Double click to open its PROPERTIES. Set its STARTUP TYPE to disabled.
To get rid of the Homegroup Icon in the Explorer:
The Peer Networking services and Homegroup Services MUST be started.
Otherwise, you will get an error message when attempting to "Leave the Homegroup".