Will targeting a W10 feature version affect PCs already on Windows 11

Mark MacGregor 21 Reputation points
2023-05-11T13:38:42.9233333+00:00

We want to set up a group policy for our company that will target a Windows 10 feature version and prevent the forced upgrades to Windows 11. We've already tested the policy in question and had no issues with it. However, there is one laptop that is running Windows 11 already and we're unable to get the user back to Windows 10 at the moment for a variety of reasons. Once we set up the group policy, will it have any negative impact on the singular user running Windows 11 or will it just not apply that one setting?

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  1. Muhammad Ahsan Khan 245 Reputation points
    2023-05-11T13:47:59.9233333+00:00

    Greetings Mr. Mark MacGregor,

    When you apply a Group Policy that targets a Windows 10 feature version, only devices running Windows 10 with the specified feature version are affected. This policy does not apply to devices running Windows 11, as operating systems are beyond the scope of this policy.

    Setting the Windows 10 Feature Release Group Policy will not affect PCs already running Windows 11. Group Policy was designed for that operating system, and Windows 11 has its own set of Group Policy separate from Windows 10.

    If your laptop is running Windows 11, it will not be affected by the Group Policy you set for the Windows 10 feature version. Your laptop will continue to function according to policies and settings specific to Windows 11.

    It's worth noting that Windows 11 introduces new features, security enhancements, and compatibility requirements that differ from Windows 10. In general, before upgrading to Windows 11, we recommend evaluating application and system compatibility, and reviewing and adjusting Group Policy to meet your specific Windows 11 needs. 

    Hope it helped!

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