For some strange reason Windows 8 just decided to add a HomeGroup icon to my desktop. The icon cannot be deleted from the desktop in the normal manner – but fortunately removing the icon from the desktop was straight-forward.
My PC was not a member of a HomeGroup – you can easily leave a HomeGroup as follows: On the Start screen press the Windows + C keys to bring up the Charms menu and then click the Settings Icon. Click Change PC Settings and then click HomeGroup on the left pane followed by the Leave HomeGroup button on the right pane.
After leaving your HomeGroup the next step is to disable the HomeGroup services.
On the start screen type services.msc and click on the services button in the search results.
Disable the following services:
- HomeGroup Listener
- HomeGroup Provider
Services can be disabled as follows – right click on the service, select Properties and then set the Startup type to Disabled and then click OK.
Perform this task for each of the services mentioned above and then reboot.