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    How to leave a Homegroup and fix shared folders problem?

    The OS on my friend's laptop and desktop, which share my internet connection over the LAN,is XP with SP3.
    My desktop OS is Win 7 Pro with SP1.

    All 3 computers are designated Workgroup.

    I just noticed that on my computer if I open Network and Sharing Centre and click Homegroup in the left pane, and then click "Leave the Homegroup" I am told I cannot. How can I leave Homegroup?

    All 3 computers can see the shared folders on the other 2, but my friend's laptop and desktop cannot open the shared folders on my desktop. The access denied etc. message comes up. How can I resolve this problem?

    Advice would be appreciated.

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    Is that an homegroup created by you? If so, just disabled it: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/27091/how-to-disable-or-enable-the-homegroup-feature-in-windows-7/

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    o set sharing from 7 to XP, maybe this will help: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-7-and-xp/

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    Hi Roy, open

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    click whatever it shows next to HomeGroup, pretend to set sharing, when closed it will let you leave the HG.
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    Thanks ruirib and Roderunner,

    I did not create a homegroup and had already disabled it using the howtogeek method, but I still get the "unable to leave homegroup" message.Any other ideas?

    I solved the sharing problem by unchecking "use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers" and checking "Allow Windows to manage homegroup connections", which I should have done in the first place.

    Further advice regarding leaving the homegroup would be appreciated.

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    If you did not create or join a homegroup you can't leave one.

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    Hi Roy, here's how to. Roy.docx
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    Hi Roderunner and thanks, but how do I get to the Create a homegroup screen?

    Please advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post
    Hi Roderunner and thanks, but how do I get to the Create a homegroup screen?

    Please advise.

    Thanks and regards, Roy
    As in first image in my .docx file.
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    Roderunner, I cannot find the homegroup window shown in your first image. This may be because I downloaded and installed a registry tweak to disable libraries.Having said that I just added the registry entries to enable libraries again,but still cannot find the window concerned.

    What do I do now?
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    Once again - if you did not create or join a Homegroup you can't leave one. There is no reason to try to leave one.

    What is it you are really trying to accomplish?

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    Hello Joe, I understand where you are coming from. The reason I started this thread is that in Network and Sharing Centre, if I click "Choose homegroup and sharing options" the next window says "This computer belongs to a homegroup",and that I am sharing pictures,music,videos and printers. This is not what I want, hence my question, but if those statements in Network and Sharing Centre are meaningless then please consider this thread closed. (If the statements are meaningless it's another example of Microsoft making life complicated and wasting users time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post
    Hello Joe, I understand where you are coming from. The reason I started this thread is that in Network and Sharing Centre, if I click "Choose homegroup and sharing options" the next window says "This computer belongs to a homegroup",and that I am sharing pictures,music,videos and printers. This is not what I want, hence my question, but if those statements in Network and Sharing Centre are meaningless then please consider this thread closed. (If the statements are meaningless it's another example of Microsoft making life complicated and wasting users time).

    Best regards, Roy
    If the page says that the computer belongs to a homegroup, then someone added it to the homegroup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post
    Roderunner, I cannot find the homegroup window shown in your first image. This may be because I downloaded and installed a registry tweak to disable libraries.Having said that I just added the registry entries to enable libraries again,but still cannot find the window concerned.

    What do I do now?
    Here's one method.

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    Hi ruirib & Roderunner,

    Ruirib, I did not create a homegroup, and nobody else has access to my computer.

    Roderunner, if I click on Computer or my C drive I do not get the window shown in your image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by royw View Post

    Roderunner, if I click on Computer or my C drive I do not get the window shown in your image.
    Roy, can you post an image of what you get when you click Computer. Image and File posting..pdf
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