HomeGroup has been removed from Windows 10 (Version 1803). Read more to learn about the windows update and why Microsoft removed the HomeGroup feature.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update

How to install?

The update has been released on October 2. If you want to download update before October 9th you have to download it manually.

Go to Settings > windows update > install, if you haven’t updated yet.

The update will be automatically updated on October 9th.

What are the Major changes?

  1. Your Phone app
  2. Wireless projection experience
  3. Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode
  4. Kiosk setup experience
  5. Registry editor improvements
  6. Remote Desktop with Biometrics
  7. Security Improvements
  8. Faster sign-in to a Windows 10 shared pc
  9. Web sign-in to Windows 10

HomeGroup has been removed from Windows 10 (Version 1803). Microsoft is planing on going minimal on its interface and functionality. HomeGroup feels redundant considering there is Network share separately and printer sharing is used by very limited users.

After you update your PC to Windows 10 (Version 1803):

  • HomeGroup won’t appear in File Explorer.
  • HomeGroup won’t appear in Control Panel, which means that you can’t create, join, or leave a homegroup.
  • HomeGroup won’t appear on the Troubleshoot screen when you go to Settings  > Update & Security  > Troubleshoot .
  • You won’t be able to share new files and printers using HomeGroup.

What hasn’t changed?

Any folder, files, printers that you previously shared using HomeGroup will continue to be shared. This means that:

  • Shared network folders will still be available. You can open them in File Explorer by typing the name of the PC and the shared folder name in this format: \\homePC\SharedFolderName.
  • If one user account was set up on a PC for sharing, you can continue using that one account for sharing.
  • You can still get to any shared printers through the Print dialog box.

And HomeGroup wasn’t all that was removed from Windows; here are a few more highlights:

  • All references to Groove Music Pass, Microsoft’s attempt at a Spotify alternative, have been removed from the Groove Music app and Microsoft started supporting Spotify in its application.
  • Language section has been removed from the Control Panel, but you can use Settings app instead .
  • XPS Viewer will no longer be installed by default on new Windows 10 systems, but it’ll stay there if you simply upgrade. XPS format was Microsoft’s attempt to supplant PDFs, but it never worked out.