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Windows 7 Tips - Exit Home group

Cannot Leave Home group in Windows 7! What to do Next?

In case you want to leave one of the home groups on your system and are unable to do so, you will most probably end up with the following prompt: "Windows couldn't remove your computer from the homegroup". This tip focuses on helping you resolve this issue.

This can happen due to several reasons, 2 of the most prominent reasons are homegroup service or dll files issue. 

Following are the steps that can help you out:

Open homegroup troubleshooter (Start the HomeGroup troubleshooter option) to troubleshoot the problem first before trying the options shown below.

1) As usual, go to Start and click on Control Panel.

2) Control Panel window will appear, click on System and Security.

3) Proceed to click on Administrative Tools.

4) Double click on Services in Administrative tools window.

5) Locate following 2 services, right click each service and then stop it, after that try to leave homegroup again. Hope this helps.

Note: Please note you can only see HomeGroup Listener service if you do not log on as administrator. If you can only see HomeGroup Provider service, stop this service and try to leave the homegroup.

HomeGroup Listener
HomeGroup Provider

Note: If you still fail to leave the homegroup with above approach, try to rename the following file and try again. Probably the file is corrupted. You can try by clicking Start the HomeGroup troubleshooter option again on homegroup window too.

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