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How to Leave a Windows 7 Network HomeGroup

If you no longer want to share files with others on a Windows 7 homegroup created on a home network, you can leave the homegroup at any time. Perhaps you’ve been voted off the island. Or you didn’t get picked to be the quarterback, so you’re taking your football and going home. Leaving a Windows 7 homegroup is a simple task; you can always rejoin the homegroup again later.

If this is the computer the homegroup was created on, all computers that are joined to the homegroup will be disconnected if you follow these steps.


Open the Windows Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.

The Network and Internet window appears.


Under HomeGroup, click Choose HomeGroup and Sharing Options.

The HomeGroup window appears.


Click Leave the HomeGroup.

The Leave the HomeGroup dialog box appears.


Verify you want to leave the homegroup by once again clicking Leave the HomeGroup.

Windows 7 displays a message stating that you have successfully left the homegroup.


Click Finish.

The computer is disconnected from the homegroup and your files are no longer shared.

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