Windows 7 has a feature called Homegroup that makes it easier to network multiple Win7 computers. But Windows XP and Vista computers can’t join a homegroup, so if you have those on your network, you won’t be using that feature. The Homegroup service, though, will still run and use resources on your Windows 7 computer – unless you disable it. Here’s how:
- Click Start | Control Panel.
- Click Network and Sharing Center.
- Click “Choose homegroup and sharing options” under the “Change your network settings” section.
- In the Homegroup settings window, click “Leave the homegroup” and confirm that you want to do this.
- Click Start and in the Search box, type services.msc
- In the Services list, find both the Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider services and change the Startup Type to disabled for both.
- Click OK.
Now the Homegroup service will not start when you boot Windows, and won’t use any system resources.