Remove Homegroup Icon from Desktop

homegroupUPDATE #2: I decided to “Leave the homegroup and this appears to have stopped the icon from showing up on the desktop. Go to the Control Panel, Click on HomeGroup icon:


Under -> Other homegroup actions you will see the Leave the homegroup… link, click on that link:


Click on Leave the Homegroup and Finish:


UPDATE: The HomeGroup icon is back, so this fix listed below isn’t the answer, just a 2 day fix. I will research another solution, test and advise.

I  put Windows 8.1 Pro in production last year and noted a recurring issue. On boot up, the Homegroup icon would mysteriously add itself to the desktop.

Obviously a “bug”, and found this fix:

Go the Control Panel, Click on Network and Sharing Center. On the left hand column, click on -> Change advanced sharing settings.


Select -> Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers in the HomeGroup connections. Click on -> Save Changes


So far so good, no more HomeGroup icon on the desktop.

2 Responses to “Remove Homegroup Icon from Desktop”

  1. Batman Says:

    Reading your articles make me optimistic about moving to Windows 8

    Microsoft wishes to thank you for your current beta testing of Windows 8 – Steve Balmer


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