Switch Office 2016 to Monthly Targeted Channel

Posted by erwin on Monday, March 19, 2018

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Office 365

The Office 365 ProPlus update model supports 4 production channels;

  • Monthly Channel (Targeted),
  • Monthly Channel,
  • Semi-annual Channel (Targeted),
  • Semi-annual Channel.

Each channel receives features updates, security and non-security updates on different release intervals.

Consider a scenario where Office 365 ProPlus is installed on a machine from the Semi-Annual Channel.  Now let's say, a new feature is introduced on the Monthly Channel which you would like to get.  Since you are on the Semi-Annual Channel you will have to wait for a few months before this feature is made available to the Semi-Annual Channel.  But what if you do not want to wait that long?  The answer is, switch to the Monthly Channel.

Switch Channels

Below are the steps to switch channels:

  1. Identify the channel which you would like to switch to. Features and updates by channel are documented here.
  2. Launch Command Prompt as an administrator.
  3. Navigate to “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun\”
  4. Run the following command to change the desired channel, let’s say Monthly Channel Targeted “OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Insiders” (When running in powershell the command will be “.**OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Insiders”**

or if you want to switch to the Montly channel:

OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Monthly”

Note - You can use this command to switch to any channel using the corresponding Channel keyword listed below:

Channel Keyword in CMD or ODT
  Monthly Channel (Targeted)   Channel=”Insiders“ or Channel=”FirstReleaseCurrent
  Monthly Channel   Channel=”Monthly” or Channel=”Current
  Semi-annual Channel (Targeted)   Channel=”Targeted” or Channel=”FirstReleaseDeferred
  Semi-annual Channel   Channel=”Broad” or Channel=”Deferred
To start the switch Channel process, run “OfficeC2RClient.exe /update user” from the cmd prompt path “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun\” This should be followed by a series of windows which will take you through the process of downloading and installing updates for the new channel that you have switch to.

It’s even possible to upgrade your Office 365 ProPlus from 32-bit to 64-bit! Check here to find out how.


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