Microsoft has introduced a new section called Group Policy Editor in the Windows 10 October update. It will now allow users to upgrade to a feature update even if their system is not compatible with it. To date, Microsoft has only allowed eligible systems, like compatible drivers and other software, to upgrade to the next version.
A New Feature to Bypass Windows 10 Upgrade Blocks
With the file deletion bug caused in Windows 10 1809 update, Microsoft has realized and strictly decided to push features updates to only those who’re eligible. Users who’re using outdated softwares and incompatible drivers can often cause serious issues; thus, blocking them from updating is the right way, as per Microsoft at least.
Since then, the Windows maker has placed a “compatibility hold“ on ineligible systems from updating to new features updates. This blocks users from updating their systems through Settings and without any explanation. This has annoyed many users since they’re not given any specific reason for being blocked.
But now, after two years of working, Microsoft may have realized that users are still wanting to update their systems despite being ineligible and okay with facing any consequences. Thus, it has now introduced a new section called the Group Policy Editor in its Windows 10 October update, bypassing this blockade.
Users who’re interested in trying this can follow the below steps;
- Open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10.
- Navigate to Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.
- Click on “Windows Update” and then on “Windows Update for Business.”
- Find the “Disable Safeguards for Feature Updates” option and enable it. This means you’re okay with any consequences.
- Close the Group Policy Editor by clicking “OK” to update your system without Microsoft’s blocks.
There’s an alternative way to enable this feature if you don’t find any top steps.
Alternative Way, If You don’t have access to Group Policy Editor
- Open the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
- Here, click on “WindowsUpdate.” If you don’t find it in case, you can create one by naming it as “WindowsUpdate.”
- Now, create a DWORD 32-bit value and name it as “DisableWUfBSafeguards.”
- You should also change the key value to “1” and close the Registry Editor.
That’s it. You’ll now be able to install the features update by bypassing the Microsoft blocks.