How to Specify Target Feature Update Version in Windows 10  

    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
    29 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    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 and Registry Editor






    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 and Registry Editor


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


    1 Do step 2 (specify), step 3 (change version to specify), or step 4 (undo - default) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Specify Target Feature Update Version using a REG file

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below for the 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"

    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 do step 3 below if you would like to change the version to what you want to specify instead.



    3 To Change Specify Target Feature Update Version

    A) Do step 2 to add the needed registry keys and values for this.

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

    C) 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

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

    E) 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

    F) You can now close Registry Editor. You are done.


    4 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.


    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Paul Black said:
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