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Windows 7: How do I remove unwanted homegroup?


04 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How do I remove unwanted homegroup?

I created a homegroup but now want to get rid of it and don't know how.

I see the message "xxxxxx on XXXXXX has created a homegroup on the network" where xxxxxx is me and XXXXXX is the computer I am running on.

How can I nuke the homegroup?

UPDATE: I don't know how, but just since I posted this a few minutes ago, the homegroup is no longer there. I now see message "there is currently no homegroup on the network."

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04 Jul 2013   #2

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertilak View Post
I created a homegroup but now want to get rid of it and don't know how.

I see the message "xxxxxx on XXXXXX has created a homegroup on the network" where xxxxxx is me and XXXXXX is the computer I am running on.

How can I nuke the homegroup?

UPDATE: I don't know how, but just since I posted this a few minutes ago, the homegroup is no longer there. I now see message "there is currently no homegroup on the network."
Hi bertilak,

Welcome to Seven forums.

Please check this link below which would help you in resolving this issue:

How to remove workgroup? - Microsoft Community

Hope it helps.
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04 Jul 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertilak View Post
I created a homegroup but now want to get rid of it and don't know how.

I see the message "xxxxxx on XXXXXX has created a homegroup on the network" where xxxxxx is me and XXXXXX is the computer I am running on.

How can I nuke the homegroup?

UPDATE: I don't know how, but just since I posted this a few minutes ago, the homegroup is no longer there. I now see message "there is currently no homegroup on the network."
Hello Bertilak, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Glad to hear that it sorted itself out for you.

Usually all members of the homegroup must leave it before the homegroup is removed and no longer available to join.

Homegroup - Leave

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Usually all members of the homegroup must leave it before the homegroup is removed and no longer available to join.

Homegroup - Leave

Hope this helps,
Shawn
That's probably the situation.

I have a deeper problem and getting rid of the homegroup was part of simplifying things to investigate that.

I installed a new router (ASUS RT-AC66U) and it does an odd thing. It refers to my laptop as "WORKGROUP." My wife's laptop is simply referred to by its actual name, as mine was also, at first. Somewhere along the line the router started calling mine WORKGROUP and I am trying to figure that out. It doesn't seem to be causing any problems -- everything works fine -- but that is a mystery and makes me wonder if something down the line will not work right.

I *think* the problem of the goofy name (WORKGROUP) came about when I hooked up a USB drive to the router and set it to be shared.

I have a question in on the ASUS forum asking about that.
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04 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post
Hope it helps.
Nice background info.
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05 Jul 2013   #6

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertilak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post
Hope it helps.
Nice background info.
Hi bertilak,

Its great to hear that you were able to resolve the original issue. Have you tried to change your PC name and check if the router detects the new name?

Are you able to ping to both the systems and share files on a workgroup? If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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05 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertilak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SandeepP View Post
Hope it helps.
Nice background info.
Hi bertilak,

Its great to hear that you were able to resolve the original issue. Have you tried to change your PC name and check if the router detects the new name?

Are you able to ping to both the systems and share files on a workgroup? If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
Well, the issue of the goofy DHCP client name (WORKGROUP) also resolved itself! What I think happened is that the DHCP IP lease ran out and was renewed. That reset everything. How it got set to WORKGROUP in the first place remains a mystery but I am 99% sure I messed something up as I was experimenting with the router to get it to share a USB hard drive attached to it, including messing with the Windows sharing options.

I already suspected the problem had something to do with the IP lease and wanted to forcibly cause the lease to be renewed but couldn't find a way to do that. On an ASUS router forum someone else was complaining that there seemed to be no way to do that. The response from one of the gurus was that there is no official way to force a renewal (either to the same or to a different IP). It is not part of the DHCP spec. It only happens when the lease runs out naturally. Otherwise the router is not keeping its "promise" to the client. Other routers have various hacks to add that capability but ASUS has a "clean" implementation. Strictly by the spec. All that seems a little uncertain to me, but ...

Time healed all wounds!
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05 Jul 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertilak
I already suspected the problem had something to do with the IP lease and wanted to forcibly cause the lease to be renewed but couldn't find a way to do that. On an ASUS router forum someone else was complaining that there seemed to be no way to do that. The response from one of the gurus was that there is no official way to force a renewal (either to the same or to a different IP). It is not part of the DHCP spec. It only happens when the lease runs out naturally.
The gurus at the router forum must not have heard of the ipconfig command then

Code:
ipconfig /release
The above will obtain a new lease for its CURRENT ip address

Code:
ipconfig /renew
The above will obtain a new ip address from the DHCP server (router)

If you wanted to refresh all addresses then you would have to disable the DHCP server on the router and then re-enable it

Hope This Helps,
Josh!
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05 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
The gurus at the router forum must not have heard of the ipconfig command then

Code:
ipconfig /release
The above will obtain a new lease for its CURRENT ip address

Code:
ipconfig /renew
The above will obtain a new ip address from the DHCP server (router)

If you wanted to refresh all addresses then you would have to disable the DHCP server on the router and then re-enable it

Hope This Helps,
Josh!
Great! I will put those in my mental toolbox. To be fair to the "gurus" I think they were talking about forcing the release/renew from the DHCP server end. I guess I'm the one who extrapolated that to "can't be done at all."
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05 Jul 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Fair enough, it is possible but you need big fancy Cisco equipment to do it (Costs $$$$$$!!!). The only way to do it on a normal home router would be to reboot both router and device

Josh
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