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    Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Homegroup in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
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    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 Homegroup in the navigation pane of File Explorer for only your user account without disabling homegroup in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you set to Show all folders in the navigation pane, then Homegroup will still show even if you remove it.


    If the PC is currently joined to a Homegroup, then the tutorial will work as is to remove Homegroup from the navigation pane without disabling Homegroup.

    If the PC is not joined to a Homegroup, then in addition to the tutorial you will need to stop and disable the two services below. This of course will disable Homegroup though.

    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider

    warning   Warning
    Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, the HomeGroup service is no longer operational in Windows 10. The user profile used for sharing and the file/folder/printer shares will continue to work.

    Here are recommended alternatives to HomeGroup for you to get the best file-sharing experience in Windows 10 going forward:
    • File Storage:
      • OneDrive is a cloud-first, cross-device storage and collaboration platform for all of the pieces of data that matter most in your life like your files, your photos, your videos, and more.
      • OneDrive Files On-Demand takes cloud file storage a step further, allowing you to access all your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device.
    • Share Functionality: For those who prefer not to use the Cloud to connect their devices, the Share functionality for folders and printers allows you to see the available devices and connect them to and from other PCs on your home network.
    • Easier Connection: No more remembering cryptic HomeGroup passwords in order to connect to another PC. You can now simply connect through your Microsoft Account email address across devices.

    EXAMPLE: Add or Remove "Homegroup" in navigation pane
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    Here's How:
    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}

    System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD

    0 = Remove
    1 = Add


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


     2. To Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane

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

    Remove_HomeGroup_from_Navigation_Pane.reg

    download


     3. To Add Homegroup to Navigation Pane

    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.

    Add_HomeGroup_to_Navigation_Pane.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. Restart the computer to apply.

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


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    22 Mar 2015 #1

    Nice set of 'tutes' in this series Shawn!
    I have a nice clean nav pane now. :)
    I did have to disable Homegroup Provider and Listener in Services though.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       22 Mar 2015 #2

    Odd, I didn't have to.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 31,279
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       08 Jul 2015 #3

    @Edwin,

    To continue from another thread, please see if using OPTION TWO below will work for you to remove Homegroup from the navigation pane without disabling it. :)

    The tutorial above still works for me in 64-bit build 10162 though.

    Homegroup -Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
      My ComputersSystem Spec


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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       08 Jul 2015 #4

    on an x86 with 10162 build
    - option 2 above did not work > Remove_HomeGroup_from_Navigation_Pane.reg
    Homegroup still present
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 31,279
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       08 Jul 2015 #5

    Thank you for testing Kyhi.

    Did you restart the computer afterwards?

    Are you currently joined to a homegroup?
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 2,015
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       08 Jul 2015 #6

    no restart - no homegroup created

    be back at you in a sec
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       08 Jul 2015 #7

    after restart homegroup still present in file explorer
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 31,279
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       08 Jul 2015 #8

    Well, back to the drawing board then.

    Stopping and disabling the two services below in addition will remove Homegroup from the navigation pane, but it will also disable Homegroup. This wouldn't matter if you don't use Homegroup though.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 31,279
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       08 Jul 2015 #9

    Ok. After further testing here are the results.

    If the PC is currently joined to a Homegroup, then the tutorial will work as is to remove Homegroup from the navigation pane without disabling Homegroup.

    If the PC is not joined to a Homegroup, then in addition to the tutorial you will need to stop and disable the two services below. This of course will disable Homegroup though.

    Services - Start, Stop, and Disable in Windows 10

    HomeGroup Listener

    HomeGroup Provider
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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