Unable to remove Homegroup Icon

original title: Homegroup Icon

The HOMEGROUP Icon suddenly appeared on my desktop. I can't move it. I don't want it there. Can I get rid of the icon without disturbing the HOMEGROUP file?


Hi Halnormank,



You may follow the link given below and follow the suggestion by ‘Dale’ to remove the folder from the registry.



Below are the steps from the same link for your convenience.


Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following link. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-the-registry


1. Press Win + R to open a run box.

2. Type: regedit and hint Enter.

3. Navigate to:




4. Find a folder (key) with the name {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} , this is the registry entry Homegroup icon. Delete the folder from the registry.

5. Press F5 to refresh the desktop and see if the icon disappears.



Hope this information is helpful.

Amrita M

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Last updated March 6, 2021 Views 325,869 Applies to: