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    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Windows Update & Activation
    11 May 2021
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    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10


    A new TargetReleaseVersion policy available in Windows 10 version 1803 and higher allows you to specify which feature update version of Windows 10 you would like your computer to move to and/or stay on until the version reaches end of service or you reconfigure this policy.

    If you don't update this policy before the device reaches end of service, the device will automatically be updated once it is 60 days past end of service for its version.

    If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion the same as the current version, Windows 10 will stay on this version until it reaches end of service.

    If you specify a TargetReleaseVersion higher than the current version, Windows 10 will directly update only to the specified version even if a higher version is available.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you how to specify a TargetReleaseVersion version of Windows 10 you want to move to or stay on in Windows Update until it reaches end of service in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to specify a TargetReleaseVersion version for your Windows 10 computer.



    Contents

    • Option One: Specify Target Feature Update Version in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Specify Target Feature Update Version using a REG file
    • Option Three: Specify Target Feature Update Version in Registry Editor
    • Option Four: Specify Target Feature Update Version using a BAT file Script






    OPTION ONE

    Specify Target Feature Update Version in Local Group Policy Editor


    This option is only available in Windows 10 version 2004 and higher.


    1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2 Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-select_the_target_feature_update_version_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of Windows Update for Business in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Select the target Feature Update version policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (specify) or step 6 (undo) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Specify Target Feature Update Version

    A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)

    B) Under Options, type the version (ex; "1909") you want to specify in the Target Version for Feature Updates box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.

    You can see a list of Windows 10 versions to use as a value in the Windows 10 release information table.
    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-windows_10_release_info.png



    6 To Undo Specify Target Feature Update Version

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-select_the_target_feature_update_version_gpedit-2.png


    7 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor.






    OPTION TWO

    Specify Target Feature Update Version using a REG file


    This option will only work in Windows 10 version 1803 and higher.


    1 Do step 2 (specify) or step 3 (undo - default) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Specify Target Feature Update Version

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below for the 1903, 1909, 2004, or 20H2 version you want to specify.

    Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_1903.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001
    "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="1903"

    OR

    Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_1909.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001
    "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="1909"

    OR

    Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_2004.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001
    "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="2004"

    OR

    Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_20H2.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001
    "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="20H2"

    B) Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    C) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    D) When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    E) You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. You are done.

    You can use Option Three below if you would like to change the version to what you want to specify instead of 1903, 1909, or 2004.



    3 To Undo Specify Target Feature Update Version

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Undo_specify_target_Feature_Update_version.reg

    Download

    (Contents of .reg file for reference)
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
    "TargetReleaseVersion"=-
    "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"=-

    B) Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    C) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    D) When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    E) You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. You are done.






    OPTION THREE

    Specify Target Feature Update Version in Registry Editor


    This option will only work in Windows 10 version 1803 and higher.


    1 Do step 2 in Option Two to make adding the needed registry keys and values for this easier.

    2 Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    3 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-select_the_target_feature_update_version_regedit-1.png

    4 In the right pane of the WindowsUpdate key, double click/tap on the TargetReleaseVersionInfo string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    5 Type the version (ex; "1909") you want to specify in the Value data box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    You can see a list of Windows 10 versions to use as a value in the Windows 10 release information table.
    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-windows_10_release_info.png

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-select_the_target_feature_update_version_regedit-2.png

    6 You can now close Registry Editor. You are done.

    You can use step 3 in Option Two to undo this.







    OPTION FOUR

    Specify Target Feature Update Version using a BAT file Script


    This option will only work in Windows 10 version 1803 and higher.

    Special thanks to Matthew for providing the .bat files in this option.


    1 Download the Specify_or_cancel_target_Feature_Update_version.bat file below to your desktop.

    2 Unblock the .bat file.

    3 Double click/tap on the Specify_or_cancel_target_Feature_Update_version.bat file to run it, and click/tap on Yes if prompted by UAC.

    4 Follow the instructions in the script for what you want to do. (see screenshot below)

    How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10-specify_or_cancel_target_feature_update_version.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #1

    Hello @Brink. Great Tutorial. I think a LOT of people are going to find this extremely useful!
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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Brink. Great Tutorial. I think a LOT of people are going to find this extremely useful!
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    Great job Shawn
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    AddRAM said:
    Great job Shawn
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  5. Posts : 1,440
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    Thanks @Brink, that's an awesome tweak, I've added it changing it to 1809.

    I use wumt with metered connections and recently have received multiple notifications from wup to switch to a non-metered connection to download 1909.

    It must be time to locate Matthew Wai's reg tweak to disable wup.
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    Matthew Wai said:
    Thanks Matthew.

    Yes, that's the one. I added Brink's tweak above but a bit concerned after the many recent notifications to switch to a non-metered connection to receive the 1909 update.

    I'll feel better locking out wup.


    Don't you ever sleep or do you have a neural interface that wakes you up when your name is mentioned?
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    I have written a script that will wake me up from sleep when my name is mentioned.
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    Matthew Wai said:
    I have written a script that will wake me up from sleep when my name is mentioned.
    LOL
    Do you have a script to remove my unnecessary urgency to get up in the middle of the night for bathroom trips?
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