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    My winver shows 2004, build 19041.1237. My computer is a Dell XPS PC desktop purchased new two years ago.

    I see that Susan has been recommending “staying with 21H1.” I’m not sure whether I should download her registry keys or need to attend to other updates first. Please note, I have never understood what ISOs are or how to do anything with them, or what it means to mount something, if that gives an indication of my general level of knowledge. I do manage my own an other family PCs, installing software, setting restore points, cleaning up drives with Windows or other tools, and so forth.

    Thank you.

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    • #2392332

      First, decide if you want Windows 11 right away, or not.  A site like this usually suggests not being an early tester unless there is something you really need in the new thing.

      Unless you crave a centered start menu, I suggest stay on Windows 10 for now, it is supported until 2025 and until the majority of other users are on 11 there is no urgency.

      Right now the monthly patches are at MS-DEFCON level 4 so it is a good time to do your changes.   I would suggest you follow the instructions here, using the registry keys to select Windows 10, Version 21H1

      After getting caught up with (September) updates, I would install the registry keys a second time in case they didn’t stick.  These will block you from getting newer versions for a while, which is fine, but make a note for 6-9 months later to consider when to change them to get newer versions.

      Lastly if you have Windows 10 Pro instead of Home, instead of using registry keys you can use group policy editor to pick your TRV (targeted release version).


    • #2392479

      My question is this:
      Susan’s recommendation for registry entries is different from what I have been using and I would like to know if my method (originally from PKCano) is OK? The method uses this line:

      HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate /f /v TargetReleaseVersionInfo /t REG_SZ /d 21H1

      I have changed versions (1909 to 2004 to 20H1) using this line and I simply changed the version number at the end of the line.

      I am not a regedit guru and would appreciate your comments!


      • #2392481

        What you have will work for 21H1 also.

        In addition to Susan’s links to the .reg files, I have changed the ones in AKB2000016 also. At this point they are to hold whatever version you choose AND Windows 10 product version.
        However, starting with the Sept updates, there is another designation in the Registry for the Product Version (“Windows 10” or “Windows 11”). Take a look at the new .reg files (open/edit them in Notepad) and you will see there is both version and product entry. So, down the road, you may want to use the new ones.

    • #2392496

      Thanks. I have downloaded the 21H1 registry file, but I don;t know how to install it. Perhaps someone can point me to instructions.

      • #2392498

        Double-click it.

        Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1320 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

    • #2395192

      Thanks to all for the input.

      I was finally able to get back to it and all went well.

      Again, thank you!



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