Homegroup - Leave in Windows 10

    Homegroup - Leave in Windows 10

    How to Leave a Homegroup in Windows 10
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    How to Leave a Homegroup in Windows 10

    information   Information
    A Homegroup makes it easy to share pictures, music, documents, videos, and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computers on your local home network. You can also stream media to devices.

    When a PC creates a homegroup, the homegroup is protected with a password. To join a homegroup, you will need the homegroup password, which you can get from the PC that created the homegroup or any PC already joined to the homegroup.

    When a PC joins a homegroup, all user accounts (except guest account) on the PC become members of the homegroup. Each user on the PC will always be able to choose what libraries and devices to share with the homegroup.

    If you decide that you no longer want to belong to a homegroup, you can leave it by removing your computer from it. After you leave a homegroup, you will no longer be able to access files and printers other people have shared with that homegroup. If all computers joined to the same homegroup leave the homegroup, then the homegroup will no longer exist.

    When you leave a homegroup, all user accounts on your computer also leave the homegroup.

    This tutorial will show you how to leave a homegroup in Windows 10 to stop sharing files and printers with other Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 PCs joined to the homegroup.




    Here's How:

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Homegroup icon, and click/tap on the Leave the homegroup link. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    3. You have left the homegroup. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshots below)
    Tip   Tip
    If you are not able to successfully leave the homegroup, then:

    1) Delete only the contents inside the hidden PeerNetworking folder located below.

    C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking

    2) Restart the computer.

    3) Try to leave the homegroup again.


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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 211
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       2016-11-03 #1

    When I click on Home Group in CP, I don't have Leave option.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,480
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-03 #2

    Hello Clint,

    What do you see instead?
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 211
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       2016-11-03 #3

    I have deleted the all the files in C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking.
    What I'm trying to do is remove the Media player icon in my network. I'm not connected to HomeGroup and neither is my wife's
    The last 2 pic are from my wife's PC on the network.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,480
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-03 #4

    Ah, ok. You're wanting to remove a media device from Networks instead.

    It would probably be best to start a new thread for that issue.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 1
    windows 10
       2016-11-07 #5

    Same issue


    I am having the same issue. I have removed the files you spoke of but when I go back in to leave the group there is no link for it. If I try to login to the homegroup that I am invited to join, it tells me there are no homegroups detected.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,480
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-07 #6

    Hello Sean, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    See if doing what's in the yellow tip box on all computers that were/are in your homegroup to see if that may be able to help afterwards.
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  7. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,945
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       2 Weeks Ago #7

    For some reason I couldn't see my new PC's folders in Network on that machine or any other, since I had it:
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    I joined Homegroup which is a "one stop" network setup, then immediately left it, and I was able to see all my folders on my other Windows systems(which I realize now, were at one time in a Homegroup setup, but I later decided to get rid of it).

    Most home users will not need a Homegroup just to transfer files between PC's and Virtual Machines, but you can then use Network in File Explorer to do it safely & securely through your router.

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    from File Explorer Hyper-V Insider build
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  8. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,945
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       2 Weeks Ago #8

    One additional thing:
    This was so important to me, because, I wanted to use my Libraries, specially Music and Pictures on my host(Desktop) in my Insider VM.
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