Disabling Home Group

If you see no need for HomeGroup and are annoyed by the presence of the empty Home-group node in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer, it's easy to banish the feature altogether. Simply change your network location to Work Network.

To do that, open Network And Sharing Center and, under View Your Active Networks, click Home Network . In the dialog box that appears, click Work Network. The next time you start Windows Explorer, the Homegroup icon is gone .

An administrator can also disable HomeGroup by using Group Policy. Open Local Group Policy Editor (Gpedit.msc), and navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Tem-plates\Windows Components\HomeGroup . Double-click the Prevent The Computer From Joining A Homegroup policy and select Enabled. After rebooting, the computer can't join a homegroup . Furthermore, the Homegroup node does not appear in Windows Explorer, even if the network location is Home Network.

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