How to configure the Windows 10 version of destination from the Registry Editor

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Microsoft eliminated the option to defer function updates in the Configuration application, in Windows 10 version 2004 for professional versions of the operating system. This option was never available with the Home editions.

Sin embargo, the administrators can use the Group policy to defer the updates in the professional versions of Windows 10.

For this, it is necessary to open the Group Policy Editor and configure the feature update policy in: Computer configuration > Administrative templates > Windows components > Windows update > Windows update for businesses.

But, there is a better option that is not documented by Microsoft, discovered by Canadian blogger Ed Braiter. This option allows administrators to specify the desired destination version in Windows 10 in professional versions.

The configuration works in all professional versions of Windows 10, such as Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, and is compatible from version 1803 onwards.

To be able to specify the release version of Windows 10 in which you want the system, you need to follow the following steps:

  • Open from the Windows Registry Editor by pressing the keys Windows+r para abrir Execute, write regedit y press enter.
  • Access the key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate
  • Right click on Windows Update and select New > Value Dword (32 bits)
  • Count it as TargetReleaseVersion
  • Establish a value in 1 double click on the created Dword.
  • Right-click on Windows Update and select New > Chain value
  • Count it as TargetReleaseVersionInfo
  • Set a value in the desired destination version, for example: 2004 (for Windows 10 version 2004) or 1909 (for Windows 10 version 1909)

Method with PowerShell

  • Open PowerShell by pressing the Windows+xy keys and clicking on Windows PowerShell (administrator), if it does not appear in the list, it will be necessary to search for it and execute it as an administrator
  • Execute the following commands (change XXXX in the second command to the desired destination version, for example, 2004):
reg add HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsWindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersionInfo /t REG_SZ /d XXXX

It is necessary to delete the Dword values ​​created in the registry if you want to restore the functionality.

It should be mentioned that only the current or most recent version of Windows 10 can be specified. Specifying a previous version, for example, 1803 while already having the 1909 version will have no effect.

If you specify the same version as you already have, Windows 10 will remain in that version until now “end of service”.

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