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Set-OfficeChannel – Set Your Office Click to Run Channel with PowerShell

Published 14/01/2017 - 3 Comments


I’ve written a quick PowerShell script to allow you to choose your Channel from a Menu. The script sets the appropriate registry key to define the channel and kicks off the Office Click to Run Update to pull the latest build.

  • This allows you to quickly move from channel to channel, even “backwards or forwards”
  • This will “override” the tenant level setting
  • You must run the script as administrator
  • Save your work and close Office apps before running
  • Use at your own risk

You can get the script here:

Office Click to Run offers a number of Channels (Branches):

2 Channels for normal users:

    • Current Channel (Current)
    • Deferred Channel (Business)

3 Channels for validation/testing:

    • Office Insider Fast (Insiderfast) – weekly builds, not generally supported, the earliest public channel
    • First Release Channel (FirstReleaseCurrent)  – the preview of the current branch, this is the “pre-release” of current
    • First Release for Deferred Channel (Validation) – the preview of the business branch

For full details check out my Channels Blog post

As soon as the script has run you will see the following:




The Channels:






Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


Set your Office 2016 Update Channel with Registry Key or Group Policy - Tom Talks - 30/01/2017 Reply

[…] Update: for a quick way to do this with PowerShell see: […]

Josh Hipple - 13/02/2017 Reply

Nice script Tom!

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