In July of 2015, we released a memo discussing the incompatibilities between Windows 10 and WinTOTAL Aurora. (Click here to read the memo.) In short:
“…Windows 10 does not allow our old WinTOTAL Aurora program to run properly. Microsoft hasn't been able to resolve the problems we've reported, which deal with the core issues of loading basic program components. Windows 10 breaks Aurora at a very low level, which we can't fix with any sort of update…”
At that time, Windows 10 was available by reservation only and you would be notified when the download was available for you. Later that year, Microsoft added it to their Windows Updates as an optional update. This meant that you would have to manually choose to download the optional update – allowing WinTOTAL users the option to avoid the upgrade and continue using WinTOTAL uninterrupted.
Then, beginning in early 2016, Microsoft became more aggressive with their approach to the upgrade and reclassified it as a “recommended update” for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. (Click here to read their blog post about it.) We’ve heard from a few appraisers who were surprised to find that after they ran their Windows Updates, their computer was automatically upgraded. When the update was reclassified, if they hadn’t changed the default Windows Update settings, their computer was automatically upgraded to Windows 10 unless they were on the computer when the upgrade happened and were able to decline or cancel it.