How to disable Homegroup in Windows 7

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:

  1. Click Start | Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click “Choose homegroup and sharing options” under the “Change your network settings” section.
  4. In the Homegroup settings window, click “Leave the homegroup” and confirm that you want to do this.
  5. Click Start and in the Search box, type services.msc
  6. In the Services list, find both the Homegroup Listener and Homegroup Provider services and change the Startup Type to disabled for both.
  7. Click OK.

Now the Homegroup service will not start when you boot Windows, and won’t use any system resources.

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