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Thread: Homegroup icon suddenly appeared on desktop in Windows 8

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    nolacs22 is offline New Member
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    Jan 2014

    Cool Homegroup icon suddenly appeared on desktop in Windows 8

    Why does the Homegroup icon pop up on the Windows desktop only to disappear moments later, after a reboot? I don't have a homegroup.

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    Jun 2008


    Now that you say it, I remember, even I have seen it a couple of times, suddenly appearing! I thought I had done something and simply deleted it - or it just went away. Here are a few things you could try:

    1] Open Desktop Icon Settings from the Control Panel and then check and then uncheck the Network checkbox. Click Apply and Exit.

    2] Open Advanced Sharing Settings in the Control Panel and see if checking the Turn off network discovery helps.

    3] If you don't use HomeGroup, then you could open Services Manager and disable HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services.

    ... or then maybe its simply a bug where the HomeGroup icon appears on the desktop at random.

    Hope someone has a better explanation here.

    More tips here on how to remove Homegroup icon.

    Let us know if any suggestion helped you.

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