How to enforce Windows 10 to stay on a specific release and not upgrade automatically.

Here is a quick tip on how to keep your Windows 10 machine on a specific release or feature update version even when connected to Windows Update.

Prerequsites

  • Must be on 1803 and newer (make sure on the latest CU update as of June 2020)
  • Must be have Professional, Education or Enterprise License
  • If using Group Policy make sure you are using the latest templates for your domain

In the example below, the Windows 10 machine would stay on build 2004 and will not upgrade past this version.

Group Policy Method

  • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for business > Select the target Feature Update version.
    • Set to Enabled and type in the desired target version

Registry Method: Create two registry values under the path

HKEY_Local_Machine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

  • TargetReleaseVersion = 1 (Reg_Dword, Decimal)
  • TargetReleaseVersionInfo = 2004 (Reg_String, Decimal)

Quick Lookup Table

Build VersionTargetReleaseVersionInfo
18031803
18091809
19031903
19091909
20042004
20H2 / 20092009

Add registry keys via CMD

  • reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 1
  • reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersionInfo /t REG_SZ /d 2004

How it looks like in Windows Registry

How it looks like on the client machine. Your system will check for upgrades by default every 18 hours.

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