by Oleg Afonin, Elcomsoft
Microsoft has developed Windows 10 as the one OS for all types of devices from servers to wearables. Desktops, laptops, two-in-ones, tablets and smartphones can (and do) run a version of Windows 10. There are countless forensic tools for acquiring evidence from the desktop version of Windows 10, much less for Windows-powered smartphones.
Forensic analysis of Windows 10 Mobile devices can be complicated due to the exotic status of such devices. Due to full-disk encryption, on-device access may not be an option. However, Microsoft collects enormous amounts of information from its users. This information is then stored in the user’s Microsoft Account. Some bits of data are fully accessible to the user, while access to some other bits (such as mobile backups) is restricted.