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How To Add The HomeGroup Icon To The Desktop

If you're running a small business or home network, one of the easiest ways to share office documents, Images, music, video files and also printers, Is to create a HomeGroup, thereby all devices on the same network can communicate with each other. The HomeGroup Icon however, has a tendency to appear & disappear at random Intervals, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add It permanently to your computer's desktop.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to In terms of Homegroup. In the Windows 10 Search box, enter homegroup and click on the search result at the top as shown below.

If you haven't created a HomeGroup as yet, you'll be prompted to do so by simply following the on-screen prompts.

Whilst It's simple enough to access your HomeGroup using the Search function, nothing beats the simplicity via a double-click of the mouse. As such, I will demonstrate how to create a HomeGroup Icon on your computer's desktop with Incredible ease. To achieve this, I will use a neat little Registry file that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry, and apply the HomeGroup Icon on the desktop thereafter.

I have provided the download links to the Registry file, at the end of this article. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded the file, extract Its contents to a folder of your choice and double-click the Add Homegroup Icon.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.

Step Two:

A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process.

Step Three:

I've navigated to my computer's desktop, and as you can see, the Homegroup Icon has been applied. Let's make sure It's functional, by double-clicking It.

Step Four:

As expected, It's up and running without error. I haven't created a HomeGroup, thus It's prompting to create one by following the on-screen prompts.

Step Five:

What If you've changed your mind and want to delete the HomeGroup Icon? Well unlike other desktop Icons, upon right-clicking It, the Delete option Is missing! Rest assured, I'll take care of this In the next step.

Last Step:

To permanently delete the HomeGroup Icon, double-click the Remove Homegroup Icon.reg file, and then hit Yes.

Final Thoughts:

Unlike regular Icons that you can copy & paste to your computer's desktop, this cannot be done with the HomeGroup Icon, thus the need to apply It as per this tutorial. Sure, you can use the Search box to access HomeGroup In Windows, but nothing beats the simplicity of a double-click of the mouse.

Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.

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