[Forum FAQ] How to show Windows Update in Control Panel in Clean Installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926 RRS feed

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  • Scenario

    If you performed a clean installation of the new Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926, you would find Windows Update is only available in Settings and is hidden in Control Panel by default. However, Windows Update is still available in Control Panel if it is an upgrade version of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926.


    After the comparison of the two different version, the differences is the following registry:


    In clean installation version:

    In upgrade version:

    The method to make Windows Update show in Control Panel in the clean installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926:

    Edit the REG_DWORD value of IsConvergedUpdateStackEnabled from 1 to 0.

    Applies to

    Clean installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9926

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    • Edited by ForumFAQ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:48 AM update
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:40 AM

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  • We’ve seen a few forum posts talking about changing registry keys to alter the update experience we shipped in Technical Preview build 9926. There are a couple of reasons that we don’t recommend doing things like that.

    First, the default experience is what we’ve tested across not just the Windows 10 team, but across all of Microsoft before we released it to you. That doesn’t mean that you won’t still find bugs, but it’s definitely the code that’s been most thoroughly tested. Changing things back to older versions is risky because the combination of those old settings with the rest of Windows 10 is not something that’s been validated or supported, so we can’t predict the side effects. It’s possible that changing registry settings related to update could cause a machine to no longer be able to get new updates or Technical Preview builds.

    The other reason to avoid changing the default update experience is that a lot of update-related code is actually being re-written in order to scale across the variety of different device types Windows 10 will support. Since Technical Previews are a work-in-progress, some code that may still be in build 9926 won’t actually ship in the final version of Windows 10 that we provide to all our customers, so trying to re-enable that code temporarily won’t provide a way to accurately assess Windows 10’s update capabilities.

    We want to hear your feedback! We’re sharing Technical Preview releases early so we can understand exactly how customers are using our software and make sure we are designing our experiences to address those scenarios. The more specific the feedback, the more helpful it is for us – saying “I hate the new Windows Update UI” isn’t very useful, but when we see “I need to be able to tell Windows Update to grab updates from WU itself and not from my internal corporate server, so the new Windows Update UI is painful for me”, we can actually understand what changes we could make to solve those specific problems. We can’t promise to fix everything that everyone asks for – and sometimes what one customer wants is exactly what another customer doesn’t want – but the more you can help us understand why you want something changed, the better we can try to meet those needs.

    Thanks for listening, and we look forward to hearing your responses.


    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:33 PM
  • Doesn't work with Windows 10 64-bit Pro build 10240 (RTM). That registry entry is blocked from being modified or deleted! Guess one would have to modify that offline now.
    Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:05 AM
  • Doesn't work with Windows 10 64-bit Pro build 10240 (RTM). That registry entry is blocked from being modified or deleted! Guess one would have to modify that offline now.
    I overwrote the permissions for that key and changed it to full control for my user account so I could change it. BUT ALTHOUGH I MANAGED TO CHANGE THE DWORD VALUE TO 1, IT STILL DIDN'T SHOW UP!!!                       Dear Microsoft: PC Settings is ok for touch but for the majority of users, we prefer CONTROL PANEL!. YOU DONT EVEN LET US ADD USERS FROM IT NOW. GIVE CONTROL PANEL ITS POWER BACK!
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 5:43 AM