Erase or Delete HomeGroup Desktop Icon In Windows 7

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on May 11, 2010

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I don’t know how it occurred but suddenly I see HomeGroup icon on windows 7 desktop, no matter how I tried but I could not remove these icons form my desktop either by dragging theme to recycle bin or by pressing shift+delete [permanent delete]. When I right click on these icons they do not show any option to permanently delete.

Homegroup-icon-desktop 

After some googling I figured out that the only way to remove these icons from desktop it to tweak windows registry, Windows Seven Forums has already posted a resolution to this problem by creating registry files which you need to merge to your windows registry to add or remove the libraries icon on desktop in windows 7 

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To Add Libraries Icon To Windows 7 Desktop

 

Download the file Add_HomegGroup_Desktop_Icon.zip, extract the archive and double click the registry file to merge in windows registry – it might ask you before merging to system registry – click Yes to confirm.

 

To Delete Libraries Icon To Windows 7 Desktop

 

 

Download the file Remove_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon.zip, extract the archive and double click the registry file to merge in windows registry – it might ask you before merging to system registry – click Yes to confirm.

 

Related – Delete Libraries Icon From Windows 7 Desktop

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User June 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Seems you can also open it up and choose to ‘leave the homegroup’ which disables and removes the icon.

Iakovosian January 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Type [B]services.msc[/B] in RUN or Startmenu Searchbox and press Enter. It’ll open “[B]Services[/B]” window.

Look for the following 2 services:

[LIST]
[*][B]HomeGroup Listener[/B]
[*][B]HomeGroup Provider[/B]
[/LIST]
Once you find them, double-click on each and change the “[B]Startup type[/B]” to [B]Disabled[/B]. Apply the changes and exit from Services window.

[IMG]http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/343/disablehomegrouplistene.png[/IMG]

That’s it. It’ll permanently disable “[B]HomeGroup[/B]” feature and its icon will also be removed from Windows Explorer.

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