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HomeGroup is a great new feature in Windows 7.  Unless you have multiple Windows 7 computers on your network however, HomeGroup is pretty useless.

Disabling it will remove the HomeGroup link in the left hand pane of any Explorer window and stop the HomeGroup services.

If you’re not part of a HomeGroup already, skip to Step 2.

Step 1.

Start by clicking the Start Orb and hitting Control Panel


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Click on Network and Internet

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Click on HomeGroup

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In the Change HomeGroup Setting click on Leave the homegroup

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Click on Leave the homegroup

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You’ll get a confirmation message that the HomeGroup has been left.  Click Finish

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HomeGroup in the Control Panel should now sport the Create a homegroup button.  Exit Control Panel

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Step 2.

Now we need to disable the HomeGroup services.  To do this, click on the Start Orb and type; services.msc. Click on services at the top of the Start Menu.

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Now, scroll down the services list until you see HomeGroup Listener & HomeGroup Provider. Double click on HomeGroup Listener.

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In the Startup type drop down menu, click Disabled. Under Service status, click on the Stop button.  Click Apply then OK.

Repeat this step exactly for HomeGroup Provider.

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The HomeGroup feature is now disabled.

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  • Triet Hoc Nguyen

    That’s a good idea to reduce memory and loaded services in Windows 7.
    Keep on your work!
    Thanks you :)

  • Triet Hoc Nguyen

    That’s a good idea to reduce memory and loaded services in Windows 7.
    Keep on your work!
    Thanks you :)

  • Triet Hoc Nguyen

    That’s a good idea to reduce memory and loaded services in Windows 7.
    Keep on your work!
    Thanks you :)

  • Venkat

    Does leaving home group uses any memory I am not sure about this in windows XP either

  • Venkat

    Does leaving home group uses any memory I am not sure about this in windows XP either

  • Venkat

    Does leaving home group uses any memory I am not sure about this in windows XP either

  • Rich

    No, this wont use any extra memory. Disabling the services will actually save memory and CPU cycles… but not by enough to notice really.

  • Rich

    No, this wont use any extra memory. Disabling the services will actually save memory and CPU cycles… but not by enough to notice really.

  • Rich

    No, this wont use any extra memory. Disabling the services will actually save memory and CPU cycles… but not by enough to notice really.

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  • Mel

    Windows ought to disable this by default because only those who know what they are doing are even going to take advantage of home group. For the general computer-phobe it would just add to the mystery of the computer world.

    • Katie

      I totally agree with you. I opened my computer this morning and found this and thought that someone had hacked my computer. This should be an option that COULD be added by the user.

  • Mel

    Windows ought to disable this by default because only those who know what they are doing are even going to take advantage of home group. For the general computer-phobe it would just add to the mystery of the computer world.

  • Mel

    Windows ought to disable this by default because only those who know what they are doing are even going to take advantage of home group. For the general computer-phobe it would just add to the mystery of the computer world.

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  • Billy Vrahnos

    Windows 7 ROCKS!

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  • Guest

    Thanks… this was really starting to bug me. Every single time I connected…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523706993 Mark Lewis

    Worked a treat immediately. Cool, thanks for sharing

  • Mel_tac

    thanxxxx

  • Guesto

    awesome thanks alot. i was wondering why there were udp connections

  • erios

    But what do you do when Windows will not allow you to leave the homegroup? The only way I could get past it was by disabling the services for home group, but on startup it just says the Home group cannot be started, which is anoying…..


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