Microsoft’s decision to install an icon in the task bar of Windows machines eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 has caused some to worry that it's a virus.
Microsoft confirmed this week that Windows 10 will arrive on 29 July and will be available for free to anyone with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine.
The company has added an icon to the taskbar of these systems to alert device owners to the new software, offering them the chance to 'reserve' their download of Windows 10.
However, this appears to have caused concerns for some, who thought that the icon was part of a virus, in part because Microsoft is offering the update for free.
“I'm running Windows 7, and I just noticed this in my taskbar today. For starters, it's worded like junk mail 'Reserve your FREE windows upgrade, yes FREE,' and secondly, it sounds a little too good to be true,” wrote Reddit user RedWinter95.
“Normally if this were an email or something, it would get deleted without a second thought, and then I would scratch my head as to how it got past the junk mail filter. So tell me, is this a virus or something?”
Another was concerned that pressing the button would result being put on the technical version of the Windows 10 build programme: "Since this morning, my Win7 messagecenter shows a 'Download Windows 10' button. Im a bit afraid to press it, because everything works fine now. But should I? Will I get the technical version?
Another simply asked: “This icon showed up with the mouseover text 'Get Windows 10.' Is it legit?”
Twitter also had similar questions being posed by Windows users, while others admitted that the way Microsoft has released the icon and the wording of the offer are likely to cause worries for some.
Hi did anyone else get a notification in task bar at bottom to ask them to resesve windows 10 ,can anyone tell me is it real or fake.— Andy Carter (@AndyAn100) June 1, 2015
While the notification about windows 10 being a free upgrade is nice I'm going to get calls at work from people who think it's a virus.— Str_Mape (@str_mape) June 1, 2015
The notification has certainly caused alarm, but it is most definitely legitimate. Microsoft is hoping to get as many people as possible to move to Windows 10, especially after the flop that was Windows 8.
"On 29 July you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favourite retailer," said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's vice president of operating systems, in a blog post.
"If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you."
Those who don't want to see the notification in their taskbar can remove it by clicking on the 'customise' button from the taskbar and choosing 'hide icon and notifications' for the Windows 10 update icon, which has the abbreviation GWX (Get Windows 10).
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