Remove Homegroup icon from Windows 8.1 Desktop

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    For some unknown reason, a Homegroup icon has suddenly appeared on my desktop. It only appeared after restarting my PC this morning, and I've got all homegroup options disabled.

    I'd like to remove the icon, as there's no point in having it if I don't use homegroups! Tried pressing delete, that didn't work. Tried right clicking and exploring the options to remove it, but couldn't find anything. I then tried Right click Desktop > Personalise > Change Desktop Icons... but there was no homegroup icon option listed there.

    How on earth can I remove this? :eek:
     
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    Well, that was easy... I just restarted and it disappeared as quick as it arrived. Just a bug then, I expect.
     
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    I had this problem back in Windows 7. What I did (still works up to windows 8.1) is, in the first instance, make sure I am not attached to any homegroup in the Control panel option. I then opened the services and disabled both homegroup items. It has always worked for me but, whenever I have suggested this, there have been isolated feedbacks that it doesn't always do the trick
     
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    R click desktop. Select View, Show desktop icons. untick box. repeat process, but retick box. Homegroup icon should no longer appear.
     
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    There is no homegroup "desktop" icon
     
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    Thank you! It worked like a charm. It's amazing how frustrating a tiny little desktop icon can be, lol.
     
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    Mark me as stupid, or computer ignorant, that's me. Where do I go to R click desktop?
     
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    Anywhere on the desktop (in a blank area, not on an icon) click your "Right" mouse button.
    Normally, or I should say recently, all I've had to do after right clicking the desktop is to left click Refresh from the context menus and it seems to disappear.
     
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    I found a simple way of deleting Homegroup icon from my desktop, from my windows 8.1.
    I simply highlight the Icon with cursor. then click F5 Key. Boom its gone..
    Sometimes not often it comes back. But just repeat the above instructions.
    Hope this helps....
     
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