How to Disable “Homegroup” Feature in Windows 7 and Later?

Recently an AskVG reader asked how can he remove "Homegroup" icon from My Computer window in Windows?

"Homegroup" is a new feature in Windows which allows to share files and printers on a home network quickly and easily. The Homegroup can be accessed using Windows Explorer. Its displayed in Navigation pane as shown below:


Now the important thing is that not all people are going to use this new feature. If you have a single PC and don't want to use this feature, why not disable it and save some system resources? Yes, Homegroup runs 2 services in background and you can stop those services to free some valuable system resources.

So today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to disable "Homegroup" feature in Windows? So without wasting any time, lets start the tutorial:

1. Open Computer and right-click on "Homegroup" icon present in Navigation pane and select "Change HomeGroup Settings":


2. Now click on "Leave the homegroup..." link given at bottom.


3. It'll ask for confirmation, click on "Leave the homegroup" button.


4. After that, close Explorer window. Now type services.msc in RUN or Start Menu Searchbox and press Enter. It'll open "Services" window.

Here look for following 2 services:

  • HomeGroup Listener
  • HomeGroup Provider

Once you find them, double-click on each and change the "Startup type" to Disabled. Apply the changes and exit from Services window.


5. That's it. It'll permanently disable "Homegroup" feature and its icon will also be removed from Windows Explorer:


Also Check:

How to Remove "Homegroup" from Windows Explorer Navigation Pane?

Share this article: Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Reddit | Tell a friend

Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7

Other similar articles that may interest you


  • its bloggers like you who make the world a happier place to live in..thanks !

  • Thank you VG for a concise explanation of how to get rid of this.

  • Some people may not be able to leave homegroup , if you have starter or home editions they have severely cut down networking .

    If you arent in a homegroup and are using workgroup / server networking then you wont see the option to leave homegroup - use the reg file to remove the icon and go into services and disable the two services ( one will probably on manual and not started one will be active so stp then disable both )

  • If you access services.msc as a standard user, only one service is shown and it can only be stopped, nit disabled. When I ran as administrator, I was able to shut down both services. The homegroup icon is no longer shown in the navigator. Thank you for this tip!

  • Homegroup is the worst ting Microsoft created. Never work for me over all years and I read the manual tons of time.


  • Thank you I have absolutely no need and your blog made getting rid of it easy.

  • hi if i get rid of homegroup will i still be able to use my wireless printer thanks Dennis G

  • VG

    ^^ Of course.

  • Thank you!!! That was so easy. Awesome!

  • Did not realize what I was doing and after creating and joining a Homegroup it messes with my network big time (NAS and other computers go missing). I can not leave this homegroup now. When I try I get an error. I tried disabling the two services and then to leave but same error message. How do I get rid of Homegroup so my Network works like it used to??


  • THANK YOU!! I have room mates who create Homegroups and I did not want this. Thank you for helping me disable this service!

Leave a Comment