Can Microsoft delete things from your computer?

17 August 2015

windows-10 Microsoft are under fire over something in Windows 10, that looks like it would allow them to look around your computer looking for illegally downloaded software and media, where they have the opportunity to delete it.

This is troubling news, if not unsurprising.

Here's the skinny: a paragraph in Microsoft's terms and conditions has been found which appears to give the software company the ability to stop people from using things that weren't legally sourced. There's already privacy concerns with Microsoft's newest OS, and this is something that is equally troubling.

The t&cs says: "We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices."

Of course, that paragraph is on the vague side, but it doesn't look good from the off and Microsoft could do with providing some clarity on this, or else feel the wrath of a load of very angry IT-types.

Naturally, the gaming and entertainment industries will welcome this move, as piracy has becoming a massive issue for them in recent years. That means Microsoft will have to walk the tightrope of pleasing companies and pleasing those that they want as customers.

They'll win no friends if people start having their virtual sanctum messed around with.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy


  • John C.
    Since Vista, and the trusted platform module, the software and the hardware has been included see:, not only microsoft but anyone using Office (for instance) can send you documents which they can remove from your computer if they want
  • terminator
    as soon as I downloaded windows 10 I went to a site that on 8.1 i could visit but windows 10 just shows it as I must be on-line

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