Microsoft: Changing Windows Update Related Registry Keys Will Prevent You From Getting Latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds

Windows 10 Preview Builds

Last week, Neowin and few other websites posted about a registry hack claiming that it will give you access to more Windows preview update options. This registry hack will allow you to change the Windows update branch. Today, Gabriel Aul who runs Windows Data & Fundamentals team tweeted that if anyone has done this for Windows10 it will actually turn off their ability to get updates.

There is a detailed explanation on the same posted on Microsoft support forums, check it below.

I wanted to let you know changing these registry keys around will prevent you from getting Windows 10 Technical Preview Builds!!!!

You will want to change the registry keys back to values that the public update servers will recognize and give you newer builds as they become publicly available for Windows Insiders.

If you did change the registry keys a refresher on what they should be is as follows:
BranchName = fbl_release
ThresholdRiskLevel = low
ThresholdInternal = <should not exist>
ThresholdOptedIn = <should not exist>

You can use these commands from and Admin Command prompt (Windows Key + X, select Command Prompt (Admin))

reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostApplicability” /v “BranchName” /d “fbl_release” /t REG_SZ /f
reg add “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostApplicability” /v “ThresholdRiskLevel” /d “low” /t REG_SZ /f
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostApplicability” /v “ThresholdInternal” /f
reg delete “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsSelfHostApplicability” /v “ThresholdOptedIn” /f

Background: By changing these registry keys you do affect the builds that get targeted to your PC; unfortunately you won’t be able to get any of these builds unless you are a Microsoft Employee and have access to our internal network. But don’t worry we are working on new builds to send out to the Windows Insiders!

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