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Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

How to Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 7
Published by Brink
17 Nov 2009
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How to Add or Remove Homegroup from Navigation Pane in Windows 7




information   Information
This will show you how to add or remove Homegroup in the Windows Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7.
warning   Warning
  • You can only do this while logged into an administrator account.
  • This will affect all user account's on the computer.

EXAMPLE: Homegroup in Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is Homegroup added (default) (left screenshot below) and removed (right screenshot below) from the Navigation Pane.
Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-default.jpg

Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-removed.jpg
Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu and type regedit.exe in the search line, then press enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In Regedit, go to the location below: (See screenshot below step 4)
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
4. In the left pane of regedit, right click on the ShellFolder key and click on Permissions. (See screenshot below)
Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-.jpg
5. At the top, select the Administrators group. At the bottom, check the Allow box to the right of Full Control and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the right pane of regedit, right click on Attributes and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
Homegroup - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane-step-c.jpg
7. To Add Homegroup to the Navigation Pane
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Type in b084010c and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 9.
8. To Remove Homegroup from the Navigation Pane
A) Type in b094010c and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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9. If you have 64-bit Windows 7 Installed

Note   Note
CREDIT TO: Kookster for this addition.

To also add or remove Homegroup from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well in 64-bit Windows 7, you will also need to do this step.

If you have a 32-bit Windows 7 installed, then skip this step since doing steps 1 to 7/8 will add or remove Homegroup from the "Open" and "Save as" type windows as well.
A) In Regedit, go to the location below:

Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Classes\CLSID\{B4FB3F98-C1EA-428d-A78A-D1F5659CBA93}\ShellFolder
B) Repeat steps 4 to 7/8 above.
10. Close regedit.

11. Restart the computer to fully apply.
That's it,
Shawn







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05 Feb 2010   #1
vonesser

Windows 7
 
 
Re: How to Add or Remove Homegroup...

Will this also remove the icon from my desktop? That's all I would care about. All other computers on my home net are XP, so Homegroup is superfluous to me.

Nick

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05 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Nick,

I don't believe it will, but if it does, then you should be able to use this.

HomeGroup Desktop Icon - Add or Remove
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05 Feb 2010   #3
vonesser

Windows 7
 
 

Do I have to do both, or will the downloaded reg file merge alone work?
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05 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

No, do the one here first to see if it is removed from the desktop first. We can go from there if needed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2010   #5
iottt

Windows 7,Vista,XP
 
 

thanx m8, home group and other links were getting really annoying, especially when i opened a small open or save file dialogue, i couldn't see my favorites because the space was taken up by homegroup and libraries
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Iottt, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2012   #7
cmhp2111

on my laptop: Win7 home premium x64
 
 

Thanks, Brink! My laptop is my only Windows 7 computer and the homegroup in the Navigation tab was driving me crazy. This tutorial worked perfectly!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome cmhp2111, and welcome to Seven Forums.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Aug 2012   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Shawn.


This is odd in Windows 8, Homegroup goes away but on a reboot it's back.
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