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Windows 7: How to delete a Home group

25 Jul 2013   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
How to delete a Home group

About a year and a half ago I had a computer and created a homegroup. That computer no longer exists. Now If I try to create a homegroup, it tells me that computer has already created one and asks if I would like to join. It gives me no place to see my password or leave the homegroup. I can't create another group without my password. I have 3 other computers and they say my computer has created a homegroup. (which I haven't) But they can't join it because I can't find a password. I have tried a repair install with no help.
I have gone to C:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking and deleted
idstore.sst and gone to Task Manager - services -homegroup provider and stopped the service. Then homegroup wouldn't do anything saying the Homegroup was not ready until I started the service again and I was right back where I started.

Is there a simple way just to delete it and start over? I have no options in conyrol panel, networking to do anything.

EDIT: Nevermind, I figured out another way around it. But there still shouldn't be a Homegroup for a computer that no longet exists. Marked as solved.

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26 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Just in case anyone else comes across this problem. The link below explains the process.

Homegroup Not Working
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26 Jul 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

Thanks Chev65, I appreciate it. I hope I can remember that, better still, hope I don't have that problem again.
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