Tuesday, September 21, 2010

System 7: Disabling Homegroup

Windows 7 includes a feature called Homegroup that makes it easy to network multiple computers running this version of the OS (Note: this feature is not supported in Windows XP and Vista). If you're not using the Homegroup feature, its still using resources (CPU and RAM) on your computer.  To free up these system resources, follow the instructions below to disable this feature:
  • From the Start menu click on Control Panel
  • Click Network and Internet
  • 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 your selection.
  • From the Start menu in the search box, type SERVICES.MSC.
  • In the SERVICE console, find the following services, and change their Startup Type to Disabled. 
    • Homegroup Listener
    • Homegroup Provider
The next time you reboot your computer, these services will not start.

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