Can’t delete, hide or move the Homegroup icon from my desktop using Windows 8.1

I think I discovered a way to remove the Windows Homegroup icon from the desktop. I’m using Windows 8.1 and the Homegroup icon just appeared out of the blue this morning. I’m guessing a Windows update placed it there. When I right-clicked on the icon, there was no option to remove it. I even tried to drag it to the Recycle Bin. The icon simply would not budge, even after rebooting.

I looked around the Control Panel to see if Microsoft added some new options for Homegroup. I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary or new. I then right-clicked on my desktop and selected Personalize > Change desktop icons. I then thought maybe Microsoft added it to the available icons you can display on the desktop.


The Homegroup option was not there, but it was here that I was able to fix the issue. I unchecked Network, then clicked Apply. I went back to the desktop and noticed that the Network icon and the Homegroup icon were both gone. I then placed a check-mark back into the Network box and clicked Apply. That seems to have taken care of the issue.

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