Hide and Disable HomeGroup

by Eric Geier [Published on 26 Sept. 2011 / Last Updated on 2 Nov. 2010]

Prevent the HomeGroup prompt after connecting to a new network and hide the shortcut from windows.

A new networking feature in Windows 7 is HomeGroup. Targeting toward home and small offices, it tries to simplify the sharing process among other PCs running Windows 7 or later.

After connecting to a new network, you’re prompted to set the HomeGroup settings. Disabling HomeGroup will stop this and hide the shortcut link on Windows Explorer windows/dialogs.

To disable HomeGroup, bring up the Services window: click the Start button, type “services.msc”, and hit Enter. Then double-click on HomeGroupListener and HomeGroupProvider. For each service, click Stop and select Disabled for the Startup Type.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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