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Orphaned Windows HomeGroup

I have two Windows 10 computers on a home network:

Machine #1 – NUC01
Local User on Machine #1 – NUC01User

Machine #2 – NUC02
Local User on Machine #2 – NUC02User

Following Windows updates yesterday, I was told the existing Bluetooth driver on NUC01 was no longer compatible. I ran Intel’s Driver Update Utility which, in addition to detecting a new Bluetooth driver, also detected new NIC and Wi-Fi drivers. All were downloaded and installed.

As part of the NIC and Wi-Fi driver updates, the existing drivers were first uninstalled before the new drivers were installed.  Both wired and Wi-Fi devices are functioning after the update, but my Homegroup now has problems.  My gut tells me that the process of uninstalling the network device drivers left my HomeGroup orphaned.

When looking at Network and Sharing Center on both machines I see:

HomeGroup:      Available to join

If I click the Available to join link, I see:

“NUC01User on NUC01 has created a homegroup on the network”.

Working on NUC01 as NUC01User, if I click the Join Now button, I get the option to define which folders I wish to share with other HomeGroup devices/machines.  When I click Next, I’m asked for the HomeGroup password.  Typically the password can be displayed on machines that are already joined to a HomeGroup, but as both machines are no longer joined, the option to Display HomeGroup Password is not shown.

How do I kill the HomeGroup that is lurking on the network and create a new one?
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Robert Hall
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
change both computers from Homegroup to Workgroup and if you still want to use a homegroup recreae the homegroup
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Robert HallIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Both machines were already members of WORKGROUP. No option was given to LEAVE the HomeGroup, only to join it (which required an unknown password).

I kept Googling and found instructions that worked for me:

Shutdown all PCs
[Restart network equipment]
Start only one PC.

Upon doing so, the 'Available to join' option was replaced with 'Create HomeGroup'.

I created a new HomeGroup, RECORDED THE NEW PASSWORD, powered on the other PC, joined the new HomeGroup and I'm in business.
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Robert HallIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Subsequently found instructions on how to eliminate the phantom HomeGroup
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