Posted 25 January 2018 - 04:52 PM
With windows 10 m$ probably CAN* access personal files but they would be unlikely to DARE to, atleast for the foreseeable future. There has been criticism of windows 10's slurping of telemetry to the point that m$ now plan to make a tool which lets users see what they claim is everything being sent back to microsoft's servers. Under this kind of climate if they started reading personal files all user trust in them would collapse to nothing instantly. For as long as alternatives exist, because while they may have close to a monopoly they don't have an absolute one, they wouldn't dare with a move so nasty to users. It is at present effectively certain that m$ won't dare to do this, but to be fully sure you might prefer to use an OS other than windows 10 so you can be sure that it is not technically possible at all.
*well if they forced an update containing the necessary code to make it possible for them to slurp files then they could, and if they developed such an update reverse engineers might notice it and spread the word pretty fast
Edited by rp88, 25 January 2018 - 04:53 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB