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Windows 7: What exactly does leaving the Homegroup option in Windows 7 do?

23 Aug 2014   #1

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What exactly does leaving the Homegroup option in Windows 7 do?

I don't share anything with anybody on this PC & it seems installing Windows 7, it automatically defaults Home Group to being on.

If I select "leave Home Group". Will that affect me in any negative way? I never saved any files to a public Homegroup folder.
The way it is worded, it sounds like I could have problems connecting a printer to my PC or viewing some files if I choose to leave it.

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23 Aug 2014   #2

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1

You're completely fine leaving the homegroup. You can rejoin or recreate it anytime you want. If you aren't sharing with anyone its useless.
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30 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 10 Pro

I would take it a step further and mark it as public. Windows firewall will then block any attempts at sharing anything with your pc.
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