In Windows 10 when the current network is set as private a HomeGroup icon appears in the navigation pane of File Explorer from where you can securely Add devices, share files, printers and other PCs. If you do not want to use this feature and you want to remove the icon from File Explorer, then you can achieve this by making the following changes to the ShellFolder in the Registry Hive.
Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the Run Dialog, type regedit and Click OK. You user account must be an administrator in order to make the changes. You can also backup the registry hive, incase something goes wrong.
Navigate to the following registry key:
Right click anywhere in the right pane, and choose New -> DWORD 32-bit Value. Name the New Key as System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and set its value to 0
Then, browse to the ShellFolder from the left pane. (full path should be)
By default the Shell Folder is owned by SYSTEM, whilst it is owned by SYSTEM we will not be able to make changes. So you’ll have to right click on the Shell Folder and choose Permissions, then click Change Owner and type in your username, and click OK. Once done, locate the key Attributes and change it’s value to b094010c and click OK
Open the File Explorer and you will see that the HomeGroup icon has disappeared but the HomeGroup service will still be working. You can access HomeGroup feature by entering the following in the Run dialog: