How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10

Windows 8 and Windows 10 feature a function called Homegroup. A Homegroup is a set of computers in a home network that can share any device attached to them, like printers and scanner. and Homegroup computers can also share your libraries (Documents, Music, Video, Pictures, Downloads and so on). The introduction of this Homegroup feature in Windows made sharing a lot easier within your home network.

In this tutorial we will show you how to add the Homegroup Icon on your desktop or if you want how to remove the Homegroup icon on your desktop.

How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10

Registry Editing can be dangerous and should be done with care. Please make a restore point before editing your registry. If you have doubts about what you are doing, then stop immediately and ask for support in the comments. We would like to remind you that editing your registry is at your own risk. If done wrong Registry Editing can lead to system corruption and might even make your system unusable resulting in re-installation of your operating system.

1. On your keyboard press the Windows flag and the R key at the same time (Windows +R) or open Start.

2. Now type Regedit.exe (1) and click on OK (2)

Run: Regedit How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10 homegroup icon

Run: Regedit

3. Now Unfold HKEY_CURRENT_USER

HKEY_CURRENT_USER How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10 homegroup icon

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

4. Then Unfold SOFTWARE

5. Then Unfold Microsoft

6. Then Unfold Windows

7. Then Unfold CurrentVersion

8. Then Unfold Explorer

9. Then Unfold HideDesktopIcons

10. Then click on NewStartPanel

10. Now double-click on {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93} and change the value of 1 to 0

If you cant find {B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}  then right-click an empty location and choose New then choose DWORD.

New DWORD How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10 homegroup icon

New DWORD

11. Click on OK and close Regedit. A reboot might be necessary for the changes to take effect upon your system.

Regedit How to Add or Remove the Homegroup Icon in Windows 10 homegroup icon

 

If you want to remove the desktop icon from your computer then repeat the steps 1 to 10 but instead of changing the value to 0 change it to 1. This will remove the Homegroup desktop icon.

 

We hope this guide has shown you how to Add and Remove the Homegroup Icon on your desktop on Windows 10. If you have any more questions feel free to ask them on our forums.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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