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    I had InControl set to keep 21H2 until this morning. I changed it to 22H2 and there was a long download period so I went on to other tasks. When I came back and Windows Update said it was done, it also said 21H2 was still the newest feature release installed on my machine. Was there ever some registry setting that also deferred 22H2? If so, I may have set it and now forgotten it!

    In any event, I don’t know why 22H2 was not installed and I don’t know what to try next.

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    • #2503693

      I’d suggest you first verify the update really didn’t install by pressing Win + R and enter Winver in the run box.

      The current version will display in the window that pops up.

      If it shows you actually are still on 21H2, the easiest way to check for any possible registry blocks would be to open regedit and search (Ctrl+F) for the “data21H2 (match whole string only) starting in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tree like this.


      If it finds any TargetReleaseVersionInfo = 21H2, change them to 22H2, reboot, and try the update again.

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      • #2503838

        21H2 not found in the HKEY\CURRENTUSER subtree. Lots of occurrences found in HKEY\localmachine.

        Problem not yet solved.

        • #2504124

          My suggestion was not to meant to limit yourself to only the HKEY_CURRENT_USER subtree but to start your search in that subtree and let it run until it had found all occurrences of 21H2.

          Just FYI, the difference between the HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is…

            The keys & values contained in HKEY_CURRENT_USER only effect the currently logged in user and will be different between different users on the same PC.

            The keys & values contained in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE effect all users on the PC.

          I.e. if a user installs a particular program just for themselves, all the settings that make it work will be located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER and other users on the PC won’t be able to use that program.

          On the other hand, if it’s installed for all users, all the settings that make it work will be located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and other users will also be able to use it.

          Also, with the exception of the shortcuts Windows creates when you install it, the same thing applies for shortcuts users create on their desktop. This is why, when you switch users, other that those “Windows created shortcuts“, each user has a different set of desktop shortcuts and even those “Windows created shortcuts” may be located at a different place on the desktop if a user moved them from their default location.

    • #2503709

      I’ve found it easier to use Windows Update Blocker (https://www.sordum.org/9470/windows-update-blocker-v1-7/) in conjunction with InControl as this seems to sort out all the separate registry entries correctly. It also means that I can leave InControl normally on, and just turn WUB to “enable updates” when I want to get only the monthly updates. I have them both set to  run at startup in Task Scheduler, so I can see they’re correctly set before I use the PC, then I normally just close their windows.

      Just done a successful update to 22H2 on one PC – with this setup the sequence was:

      1. Start with InControl set to Take Control and WUB set to Disable Updates.
      2. Set InControl to Release Control.
      3. Change 21H2 to 22H2.
      4. Set to Take Control.
      5. Set WUB to Enable Updates.
      6. Open Settings and go to Windows Updates, click Check For Updates.
      7. It downloaded and applied 22H2 and last month’s patches.
      8. Restart when prompted.
      9. Check no more updates available.
      10. Set WUB to Disable Updates.

      Of course knowing MS they could break this at any time, but this combination has been working for me ever since InControl came out, when I saw some error messages about not all the right registry entries being set – WUB fixed that. I think it was the Major Geeks site that pointed me at WUB, and the two utilities seem to complement each other.

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      • #2503839

        I tried the WUB/InControl combo and that didn’t work either. I’m guessing some registry setting somewhere is preventing the update from happening.

    • #2503853

      You can always use Download Windows 10 (microsoft.com) to download the ISO and run the install from it.


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      • #2503878

        Can I install from the ISO and not lose the contents of my C:\ drive ?

        • #2503890

          You have a couple of choices with the ISO.

          1. You can use the ISO to create bootable install media (USB flash drive or DVD+R DL) If you boot from this install media instead of the computer’s HDD, it will do a Clean Install. That means it will install a fresh copy of Windows and nothing (Programs, data) will be saved on the drive it is installed on.
          2.  You can copy the ISO to your HDD and mount the ISO in File Explorer. This will create another drive letter on your computer. Navigate to that drive letter and run setup.exe. This will give you a choice to Upgrade the current OS and either (a) keep your programs and data, (b) keep the data only, or (c) keep nothing. If you have Win7/8.1 the upgrade to Win10 or Win11 should activate automatically without having to purchase a copy of the OS if the original had a legal license.
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        • #2503899

          You can click on “Update now” from Download Windows 10 (microsoft.com) and keep all your info.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #2503858

      I had InControl set to keep 21H2. When I changed it to 22H2 a window popped up asking me if I wanted to install Windows 11 22H2. I indicated no by selecting the small type on the window that said I wanted to keep Windows 10. It was a quick update and installed Windows 10 22H2. Worked like a charm. Are you sure it didn’t download Windows 11 and install it?

    • #2503900

      Thank you to all who responded! I think the install just took much longer than I thought it would, but I now have Win 10 22H2 installed.

    • #2503916

      I had InControl set to keep 21H2. When I changed it to 22H2 a window popped up asking me if I wanted to install Windows 11 22H2.

      You haven’t specified Windows 10 22H2 in InControl.

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