Windows 7 and 8.1 users may notice a new notification icon in the Windows system tray area that offer themĀ  the opportunity to reserve an upgrade to Windows 10. Users running genuine versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, will be offered Windows 10 as a free upgrade and the new notification tells users about the offer and is designed get as many users as possible to upgrade.

Before upgrading users are advised to check any applications they are using for compatability with new operating system. This could prove difficult before the new version is released, while it is likely that applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and other Office components are likely to work, some third party applications or industry specific applications are not guaranteed to work with the new version of Windows.

If you see the Windows upgrade icon (shown in the picture) please do not install it. The upgrade is not reversible and may leave you with a PC that you can’t use. Unless you have a tested workstation backup, reparing your PC could be expensive. For clarity, Line 3 advice is not to install the upgrade until all of your applications have been tested and supported by all of your software suppliers.