How to specify the version of the target feature update in Windows 10

How to specify the version of the target feature update in Windows 10

The new TargetReleaseVersion policy is available in Windows 10 version 1803 or later, allowing you to specify which version of Windows 10 feature update you want the computer to switch to and / or maintain until it ends support. or when you reconfigure this policy.

  • If you do not update this policy before the device ends support, the device will automatically be updated after 60 days of service end for the device’s version.
  • If you specify the same TargetReleaseVersion as the current version, Windows 10 will stay with this version until the end of service.
  • If you specify a higher TargetReleaseVersion than the current version, Windows 10 will only update directly to the specified version, even if there is a higher version available.

This guide will show you how to specify the TargetReleaseVersion version of Windows 10 you want to migrate to or maintain in Windows Update, until the end of service on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education.

Note : You must be logged in as admin to specify the TargetReleaseVersion version for Windows 10 computers.

Specify the target feature update version in Local Group Policy Editor

This option is only available in Windows 10 2004 or later.

1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

2. Navigate to the location below in the left panel of Local Group Policy Editor.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business
Navigate to the above location

3. On the right panel of Windows Update for Business , in the Local Group Policy Editor , double-click the Select the target Feature Update version policy to edit.

4. Do step 5 (to specify) or step 6 (to undo) below, depending on what you want to do.

5. To specify the target feature update version

A) Select Enabled.

B) In Options , enter the version (eg “1909”) you want to specify in the Target Version for Feature Updates box , click OK and go to step 7 below.

You can see a list of Windows 10 editions that will use as the value in the Windows 10 release dashboard.

Windows 10 release information sheet

6. To undo specifying a target feature update version, select Not Configured or Disabled , click OK and go to step 7 below. Not Configured is the default setting.

Select Not Configured or Disabled

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

Specify the target feature update version using REG and Registry Editor files

Note : This option will only work in Windows 10 version 1803 or later.

1. Do step 2 (to specify), step 3 (change version to specify), or step 4 (undo – default) below, depending on what you want to do.

2. To specify target feature update version with REG file:

A) Download file Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_1903.reg.

(Contents of file.reg for reference)

Code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate] "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001 "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="1903"

Or the file Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_1909.reg.

(Contents of the .reg file for reference)

Code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate] "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001 "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="1909"

Or the file Specify_target_Feature_Update_version_to_2004.reg.

(Contents of the .reg file for reference)

Code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate] "TargetReleaseVersion"=dword:00000001 "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"="2004"

B) Save the .reg file to the desktop.

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

D) When prompted, click Run> Yes (UAC)> Yes> OK to approve the merge.

E) Now, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you want.

Note : You can do step 3 below if you want to change the version to what you want to specify instead.

3. To change the target feature update designation:

A) Perform step 2 to add the values and registry keys required for this.

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

C) Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate
Navigate to the key on the left side of Registry Editor

D) To the right of the WindowsUpdate key, double-click the TargetReleaseVersionInfo (REG_SZ) string value to modify it.

E) Enter the version (eg “1909”) you want to specify in the Value data box and click OK.

Enter the version you want to specify in the Value data box

F) Now you can close Registry Editor.

4. To undo the designation of the target feature update version:

A) Download the file Undo_specify_target_Feature_Update_version.reg.

(Contents of the .reg file for reference)

Code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate] "TargetReleaseVersion"=- "TargetReleaseVersionInfo"=-

B) Save the .reg file to the desktop.

C) Double click the downloaded .reg file to merge.

D) When prompted, click Run> Yes (UAC)> Yes> OK to approve the merge.

E) Now, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you want.