Removing SkyDriveI am adding the details here for my own reference but here is the link to the article from Lifehacker titled How to Get Rid of SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 Explorer.
The root of the change is to set a registry key called Attributes to a value of 0. There is one problem though. The parent key called ShellFolder does not give read/write permissions to user accounts. You will need to take ownership of the ShellFolder key and give your user account read/write permissions to change the Attributes value.
The key of interest is
Removing HomegroupThis one is a little easier. Make sure you are not a member of any Homegroups and then disable two Homegroup related services in the services.msc utility.
The services are;
- Homegroup Listener
- Homegroup Provider
After you have made the above changes simply reboot the machine and the explorer windows will look like this;
Ah, that's better. No SkyDrive or Homegroup tree nodes.