Remove Homegroup/Network Icon from Desktop

For some odd reason after certain Windows Updates, I will find a Homegroup or Network icon on my desktop after rebooting. Normally to remove unwanted icons, one would simply drag it to the recycle bin or right-click and delete. Doesn’t work for this pesky icon. Removing it is quite simple though:

  1. Go to your Windows Desktop (Windows Key + D)
  2. Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize
  3. On the Personalization screen left side click Change Desktop Icons
    personalization
  4. You may notice Network (even though the Homegroup or Network icon is on your desktop) is not checked, put a check in the box and click OK.
    desktopicons
  5. Repeat Step 3 and in step 4 remove the checkmark from the box next to Network and click OK
  6. Go to your desktop and see if the icon is gone. If the Homegroup Icon was replaced by a Network icon (this happened to me once) repeat the above steps again and the icons should be gone now.