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:
- Go to your Windows Desktop (Windows Key + D)
- Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize
- On the Personalization screen left side click Change Desktop Icons
- 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.
- Repeat Step 3 and in step 4 remove the checkmark from the box next to Network and click OK
- 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.