stop Windows folder and file permissions sharing and homegroup

Is there any way to stop or delete Windows 8.1 folder and file permissions, sharing and homegroup?  I am the only person using my home system with 1 laptop and don't need all that.  I'm also the administrator, since it's just me.  It's also confusing.  If there isn't a way to stop or delete all that, are there simple instructions or explanations how to use it?  I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 10, or get a new computer probably with Windows 10, and don't want to have to use all the file sharing, etc. if I don't have to.  Thanks
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One of the easiest ways to not use the homegroup features is to set your network location as "work". The biggest difference between home and work based connections is the homegroup sharing. You can change this in control panel under network and sharing center.

This link shows you some of the differences and how to change it:

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to Network and Sharing Center, Advanced System Properties and look in the options for your connection. Down near the bottom, there is a setting for "Use user names and password" or "Homegroup". Use the setting for
"Use user names and passwords"  

Then go to Control Panel, Homegroup and turn off any groups you made or are part of.

Windows 10 has Homegroup as well and is set up the same way. Turn Homegroup off before upgrading and Windows 10 will then not use Homegroup.
NetSueAuthor Commented:
So will either of these options you mentioned also stop the file permissions, file sharing, and rights, etc.?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. Turning off Homegroup will not affect permissions. I do not use Homegroup, but rather traditional file sharing and it wall works.

In the spot where you changed Homegroup to "Use user names and passwords"  also make sure Network Discovery and File and Print sharing are both on.

Please look at my Article on Folder sharing as there are more tips in there.

NetSueAuthor Commented:
So there's really no option so you aren't forced to have file permissions, rights, etc?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
File permissions belong to native Windows. Homegroup was an add-on, but file permissions are, and have always been, managed outside of Homegroup and before Homegroup was ever introduced.
NetSueAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help!
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