However, just go back through the commentary, coverage, and official content from Microsoft after these announcements landed at Build 2017 and they were distinctly tied to the Fall Creators Update even during the Windows 10 focused Day 2 Keynote by Joe Belfiore.
All users who don't keep their files in the default Windows libraries will definitely have a manual option to add more folders to the protected list of folders.
"By staying up to date on both the latest feature and quality updates, you're assured of being on the most secure version of Windows 10", says John Cable, director of program management, Windows Servicing and Delivery. It seems that some people aren't installing these updates, so Microsoft is taking more proactive measures to nudge them along. Microsoft supplies updates to keep the OS secure but if users aren't updating, then they will remain compromised. "If you have trouble, try these helpful tips".
Today, Joe Belfiore revealed that Windows 10 Timeline won't be included in the Fall Creators Update release, but will be released in the feature update that comes next (probably around the time the Creators Update was released).
That said, at least a complete clean installation will actually work to clear out problems and bugs, unless you're running particularly nasty state-actor level malware, but for most people, such drastic action won't be needed, and nor will such high-level malware be part of the problem.
It has been nearly exactly two years since the public release of Windows 10, and this original iteration of the OS - Version 1507 - stopped receiving security patches on May 9.
"In [Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232], we're making it easier for you to protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware". Knowing that Microsoft will release an update in the spring, you can expect Timeline to arrive around March instead of September.
The controlled folder access is meant to provide users with extra security layer in addition to the defenses which were already built into Windows 10. We will continue to evolve our approach in providing a great Windows experience.