The Windows icon in your system tray

If you are running Windows 8 on your desktop you may have started to see the little Windows icon appear in the system tray in the lower right hand side of your screen.

Don’t worry, it is not a virus or malware. It is a notification from Microsoft that your machine is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 that will be available on July 29th 2015. Here are a few things to know before you rush into signing up for your free upgrade.

If you do click the icon you will be prompted to “reserve” your upgrade. Strange why you need to reserve a digital download, but once you do you can’t easily back out of this. Once you have completed the reservation, between now and release date of July 29th, the Windows 10 upgrade will be downloaded to your machine in the background. At around 3GB you need to be mindful of any broadband download limits or throttling your plan may incorporate.

The concept is that by the 29th the download would be complete and you can commence the upgrade process immediately. The aim for Microsoft is really to get as many people running Windows 10 as possible in order to point to adoption numbers as a measure of success.

Windows 10 will run on most current hardware more than adequately and should work fine with software already running on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Importantly, remember that you don’t have to rush into an upgrade of Windows 10, the free upgrade offer will be available for at least 12 months.

We strongly recommend that people work with Correct to manage the upgrade process, instead of attempting to undertake it on their own. Our experience is going to allow us to ?help you avoid many of the most common pitfalls of moving to a new platform.

If you have questions about Windows 10 or want to see it in action before moving, please contact Correct on (02) 8831 3200. You can also check the following Q and A link provide by Microsoft: