I am having problems turning off the Shared Files facility in 8.1. I do not need to share any information between computers, am not part of a domain, and don't need this facility, so would prefer that it was turned off.
I have had the same problem on another computer using Windows 7 Starter, and have posted details in the 7 Forum. The problems with Windows 7 computer now seem to be resolved (thanks to Aura and reast82) but I’ve tried to apply the same ‘fixes’ in Windows 8.1 and this is not yet resolved.
The fixes I have tried are these:
I've followed the path: Start > Computer Management > Shared Folders > right-click on any folder > clicked on ‘Stop sharing’, but I cannot change this option. It still says ‘Stop sharing’ and cannot be changed.
I tried another method using a command line (Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click Command Prompt > run as Administrator) and typed:
net share <sharename> /delete
(the sharename being the name of the file you want to stop sharing). This didn’t work.
I have tried to disable network discovery and then tried to disable the shares, following this link:
While it was possible to select the option to turn off Network discovery and file and printer sharing, when I checked these options a few minutes later, they had reverted to ‘on’.
Are there any other locations where it is possible to globally change sharing options, or are there any other solutions?
I'm not quick at replying but thanks in advance for any help.