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[How to] Remove Homegroup from Explorer


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Thanks! One less clutter item in Explorer.

Why does MS presume everyone is on a network? I wish their was a 4 option during network setup...NO NETWORK!

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  • 6 months later...
Forgive my ignorance but why not just right click white space on in navigation pane and choose 'Show All Folders', then just expand/collapse folders to your liking?


Because it doesn't remove HomeGroup, and it clutters the sidebar even more, especially if you have desktop folders.

BTW, on my system, stopping the two services doesn't remove HomeGroup, it's still there.

The site linked says you don't need to log off or reboot (which I haven't tried yet).

EDIT: I've logged off, and even rebooted, and HomeGroup is still there!

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Yes there is a registry method, but that's not as easy to reverse as disabling a service.

The key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFWARE\Microsoft\Wind ows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\

The sub-folder to delete is {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}. The value of the default item should be "Other users".

I still don't get why disabling the services works for some and not others?

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One very simple method for registry changes that is very easy to reverse is to just put a minus sign in front of the key name. That means for the above the




When you want to reverse it you just remove the minus sign.

You could also export the key and create a reg file to do the same thing for on and off.

I do this all the time for Shared folders and the extra virtual User's folders in XP.

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Yes, that is true. If you are using a reg file to remove or replace something. However, I use it directly in the registry to not delete a key but inactivate it. That allows me to reactivate it later if wanted without having to maintain a group of reg files or a list of the keys and values because it is all there as original - just with a slightly different name.

When writing a reg file to remove a key, of course, you would place a minus sign in front of the whole key as noted.

I should add that I tried the method as explained above and found that it does not work on the x64 installation I have on a quad core machine.

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