Windows7 Home Premium
After hours of being annoyed........
1. Homegroup Icon:
open my computer, control panel, system and security, administrative tools, services, then scroll down to: homeGroup listener and homeGroup provider, disable both. close out, log off. the icon should be gone when you log back on.
2. Libraries Icon: carefully.......please, if no experience in registry get help.
go to: start, run, type in: regedit, select the HKEY_Local_Machine key, navigate down finding: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace
You will see several hexadecimal strings, select each one in turn, and the right pane will show you which icon is being selected. my library icon was the very first string and showed two lines on the right side of the page, first being: usersLibraries and the second being: remove message.
when you find the appropriate library string, make a new folder in your my documents named: registry back up, then highlight the string on the left, go up to the top left of the registry page and click on, file then export. save the registry file in your new folder location. I also saved the two files on the right side of the page and named them what they were called on the page, so I would know what they were. (not sure I had to but did)
After saving the registry files, next you can delete the string you have highlighted on the left which in turn, shows the name userLibraries (on the right side of the page).
Poof it is finally Gone! and always available in your saved folder
Microsoft really irritates me
Hope this helps, Lin