New Feature Update Policy Option in Intune

Let’s discuss the New Feature Update Policy option in Intune. The latest Technical Takeoff session describes the Windows 11 upgrade. Now, you no longer have to go through the hassle of sorting your devices into their separate Windows 11 eligibility groups and assigning separate deployments.

Angie from Microsoft talked about a new feature that simplifies the Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade experience so that you can create a Windows 11 feature update deployment that will also automatically offer the latest Windows 10 to any devices in the deployment that aren’t eligible for Windows 11.

Microsoft listened to your feedback about the challenges of managing eligible and non-eligible devices separately and introduced a new feature to make the process easier. When you plan and execute your Windows 11 upgrade, you will not have to fear creating separate groups for eligible and non-eligible devices.

With the new feature, you can create a Windows 11 feature update deployment that automatically offers the latest Windows 10 to any devices in the deployment that aren’t eligible for Windows 11. This makes the upgrade process smoother and more straightforward for you.

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The Feature Update Policy is a useful tool in Intune that allows you to manage device updates. This feature lets you easily control how and when your devices receive new updates.

What Benefits Does This New Feature Bring to the Windows 11 Upgrade Process?

New Feature Update Policy option in Intune

The new Feature Update Policy simplifies the upgrade process by eliminating the need for separate groupings and deployments. It offers a more straightforward approach to upgrading, making it easier for administrators to manage the transition from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

New Feature Update Policy option in Intune

This article will guide you through the new Feature Update Policy option in Intune in a simple and easy-to-understand way. The article will also cover common troubleshooting tips to help you with any issues.

  • Sign in to the Intune Admin Center portal – https://intune.microsoft.com/
  • Navigate to DevicesFeature Updates for Windows 10 and Later
  • Select Create profile
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune - Fig.1 - Angie Microsoft
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Fig.1 – Angie Microsoft

In the Create feature update deployment page, you need to enter the name for deployment settings. Enter Feature Update Deployment Settings policy name as Win11 and Win10 Demo. Select Windows 11 version 22H2 using the drop-down arrow from the Feature deployment settings – Feature Update to deploy.

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Enable the option called – When a device isn’t capable of running Windows 11, Install the latest Windows 10 feature updates.

Note! – If a device isn’t eligible for Windows 11, it can fall back to using Windows 10, but specifically version 22H2. No other version of Windows 10 can be used as a fallback.

By selecting this Feature update to deploy, you agree that when applying this operating system to a device, either.

  • (1)the applicable Windows license was purchased through volume licensing,
  • Or (2) you are authorized to bind your organization and are accepting on its behalf the relevant Microsoft License Terms to be found here.

Intune feature update will have the following Rollout Options. Enable the Make update available as soon as possible Rollout options from the screenshot below.

Rollout Options
Make an Update available as soon as possible
Make Update available on a Specific Date
Make Update Available Gradually
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Table 1
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune - Fig.2 - Angie Microsoft
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Fig.2 – Angie Microsoft

After Feature deployment settings, you can see the following screen to set the Scope tags and Assignments. Select the Create button from the screenshot below.

New Feature Update Policy option in Intune - Fig.3 - Angie Microsoft
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Fig.3 – Angie Microsoft

After you set up your deployment, checking the report will help you understand and monitor the status of your devices. This new addition lets you quickly see which machines were offered Windows 11 and which were offered Windows 10.

New Feature Update Policy option in Intune - Fig.4 - Angie Microsoft
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Fig.4 – Angie Microsoft

Upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11 is getting simpler. When you check your report and start your deployment, the target version for all devices is initially set to your chosen Windows 11 version. The new Target Version column shows the version the device is being offered – either Windows 11 or the latest Windows 10.

  • Utilize Intune reports to monitor the status of your deployments
  • A new “Target Version” column has been introduced in Intune reports.
  • This column provides insights into which devices were offered Windows 11 and which ones were offered Windows 10, version 22H2
  • Initially, when the deployment is created, all devices are targeted for Windows 11.
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune - Fig.5 - Angie Microsoft
New Feature Update Policy option in Intune – Fig.5 – Angie Microsoft

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About the Author – Vidya is a computer enthusiast. She is here to share quick tips and tricks with Windows 11 or Windows 10 users. She loves writing on Windows 11 and related technologies. She is also keen to find solutions and write about day-to-day tech problems.

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