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    Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    Published by BrinkCategory: Network & Sharing
    21 Sep 2015 Last Updated: 24 Mar 2017 at 20:47

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    How to Add or Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon in Windows 10

    information   Information
    A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share devices (such as printers), and libraries (such as your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Video libraries). Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. Your homegroup is protected with a password, which you can change at any time.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Homegroup desktop icon for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Homegroup desktop icon
    Name:  Homegroup_desktop_icon.jpg
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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

    {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} DWORD

    0 = Add
    1 = Remove



    1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Homegroup Desktop Icon

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon.reg

    download


     3. To Remove Homegroup Desktop Icon

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_HomeGroup_Desktop_Icon.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Refresh (F5) your desktop to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    04 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home

    Any idea why the homegroup icon suddenly appeared on my desktop? It seems to have appeared after a sleep and then wake!
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  2.    04 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,478
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
    Thread Starter

    Hello Keith,

    I've noticed that sometimes the Homegroup icon may just show up randomly on the desktop for no apparent reason. When this happens, usually refreshing (F5) the desktop will remove it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  3.    04 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home

    Yes, you are right Shawn - it went away by itself!! Wierd. Thanks for posting the reg change though. I'll remember it in case I need it!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    04 Nov 2015 #4
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      My ComputersSystem Spec
  5.    20 Dec 2015 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Milford, Ct
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit

    Didn't work


    I downloaded the file to delete the homegroup icon off the desktop.
    I noticed that it added the key to the registry with a 1 in dword for remove..
    But the icon is still on the desktop!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    20 Dec 2015 #6
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    Hello Fred, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Did you see if restarting the computer may help?
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  7.    20 Dec 2015 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Milford, Ct
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit

    Restart didn't work


    I tried 2 restarts .

    No luck

    Homegroup icon still on desktop.

    It won't go in the recycle bin either!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    20 Dec 2015 #8
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 24,478
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17017
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    In that case, export the registry keys at the locations below, and upload them. I'll be happy to take a look to see if it may be enabled at one of the other usual locations below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  9.    20 Dec 2015 #9
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Milford, Ct
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit

    Exported Registry locations


    Hello Brink..

    Exported Registry Locations attached.

    1.reg
    2.reg
    3.reg
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Dec 2015 at 20:20. Reason: attached your uploaded files
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