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Windows 7: Can't Leave Homegroup...

04 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Can't Leave Homegroup...

I can't figure out how to leave my homegroup... both homegroup services are running...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2009   #2

Windows7 Enterprise SP1 x64 (Technet)

Welcome to Sevenforuns Jaxel.

Type homegroup on search and look for: leave the homegroup...
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04 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium

All the threads I found said all I needed to do was start the HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider services running. I got them running and it still wouldn't let me leave.

I enabled the following services which I previously had disabled...

Base Filtering Engine
DNS Client
Function Discovery Provider Host
Function Discovery Resource Publication
HomeGroup Listener
HomeGroup Provider
SSDP Discovery
UPnP Device Host
Windows Firewall
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04 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium

It seems like I have no control over my homegroup...

I can't change the password either, it just says "Windows cannot setup homegroup on this computer".

I can't change the settings either, the setting changes are just ignored. Can't turn on network discovery or anything.

*EDIT* I can turn on Network Discovery after enabling SSDP Discovery, but I still can't leave the homegroup or change the password.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 RC (Build 7100)

I have the same problem! Here is my thread with more detailed info on what I'm seeing. Homegroup Functionality Is Broken
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07 Jan 2010   #6

Try This

Go into homegroup and choose change advanced settings then scroll down to the bottom and check Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers. Follow on screen prompts then you should be able to join or create a Homegroup. Hope it helps.
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07 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Try doing this first> Homegroup - Leave

Then make sure that all these settings look like this under Advanced Sharing Settings.

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28 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64
Problem Solved!

Hi, I'm sure this will help many of you as I was getting exactly the same problems as a lot of you.

Firstly, I decided to address the problem when my computer was constantly resetting itself and the problem seemed to be getting more frequent.

So, I checked my event log (Computer(rightclick) > Manage > Event Viewer > Windows Logs > System). It showed me a whole bunch of errors containing two services. Either Peer Networking Grouping or Peer Name Resolution Protocol. I checked out Services (type services in the search bar on start) and found that I could not start these two services manually either. I disabled them which stopped my computer restarting itself and cleared the event log of any errors I was receiving before.

I now, however, couldn't see any other computers in my Homegroup and couldn't leave it, change what I was sharing or view the password, which are many of the symptoms you guys were receiving.

How I fixed the problem

Go to C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking and delete all of the files in this folder. Now restart the computer.

Go to Services again and you should be able to start 'Peer Networking Grouping' and 'Peer Name Resolution Protocol'. Restart the computer again.

When you log on this time, check the event log again, to ensure no errors concerning the two services are present and also check Services to ensure the two services concerned are running.

You should now have full functionality restored to your homegroup.

I hope this helps, let me know if it works.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7

Hi Sonick26
Thanks for posting.
I had the same problem and what you said fixed my homegroup issues.
I just wanted to thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AALA View Post
Hi Sonick26
Thanks for posting.
I had the same problem and what you said fixed my homegroup issues.
I just wanted to thank you
Thanks for reporting in AALA, this is a well known work around that has been out for quite a while now.

Cannot leave Homegroup

You may need to go back into services and enable Peernetworking again after the fix. Don't forget to restart all machines after the fix.

Source, original Technet fix for this problem was well before the RTM.
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