Thanks for sharing the wisdom simrick I have an answer that comes fairly close to what I asked in the first instance. I can see where you are coming from and I suppose as I think I mentioned earlier (or somewhere else) that anything is "seeable".Email is like sending a postcard in the mail, as opposed to a letter in a sealed envelope. When an email is sent to someone, it travels with many "hops" to its ultimate destination (from tens to hundreds of hops). These hops are servers when the message stops and is then directed on. All these servers are managed by people. All these "server management people" have access to everything on their servers. Do they access everything? No. Can they? Yes.
In hindsight I should have just accepted that this is how it is going to be from now on I just feel some of my rights have been taken away insomuch as what I choose to use on my machines.
You can read more about it here:
How much information can websites get about your browser/PC? - Super User
I also have to mention one thing: I recently saw an article entitled "Windows shares your files with the internet". Really? Not! Yes, there's an option for a type of P2P sharing of Windows Updates. Can you disable it? Yes. Are they your files? No.
Honestly, I would be more worried about all the information other places have on me and their servers being hacked, like my bank, my doctor, the government, etc., all of which I have no control over. Even people who don't own a computer, tablet or smart phone and have never used the internet, have their information breached by hackers all the time, because of all these entities that keep our information on their insecure servers.
John, when reading up on this subject, I realized that, for the most part, it is not that I have less privacy now than I did before, it's that I never had as much privacy as I once thought I did.
Thank you again simrick and Steve perhaps I have been a tad overly sensitive or even paranoid. Again I suppose I have to accept that anything I or anyone else does on the net is fair game to the unscrupulous.
Now the short time I had the 10 upgrade on the desktop again I suppose I didn't have enough time to get used to the GUI which I really found not as easy and simple as the 7 version. Anyway I shall be staying with 7 until it is unsupported - a shame because it has all of the simple qualities about it - still not keen on the app panel look.
Classic Shell (free) on W10 will give you the "W7-style" start button+application listings/search function. Some people prefer that, and I don't blame them either!
Seems like I have a bit of catching up to do before I go back to using 10 though the 7 style is a real nice option - I used that while I ran 8 for a while.
John, if it is any encouragement, I was the same way about finding my way around in 10. But, I had to make myself use it because it was something I needed to do. I've been using 10 exclusively for several months now. I also have 7 installed. When I go back to 7 now, I have to think about what I am doing in 7. Kind of the way I was when I first started with 10. If you want to use 10, just make yourself use it and find your way around for a while. It isn't that different than 7 as far as file and folder structure. And you still have the start menu and the all apps, just like in 7. I just thought it may be a lot harder to learn once 7 runs out of support. Who knows how 10 will look by then?
Ok Steve am in the market for a new travel laptop and what I think I might do is set one drive up as 7 and swap out drive for 10 and as always words of wisdom from you re it being harder to learn later on
By that I mean I shall buy the machine with 7 clone it and use the second drive for an upgrade to 10 I know that means swapping whenever I wanted to use either but it isn't such a big deal if I can find a good laptop for starters as I have been looking at the i7 5th gen 14nm CPU's in them. I really don't like messing with dual boots on past experience.
Thanks also to simrick you have also made my mind a little easier - I am a fairly private person at heart and it did look to me I would be making a mistake by going with 10.