Office 365 suite – switch to Monthly channel

On my personal machine, I use Office 365 licensed by my university. Upon recently performing a fresh install of the OS, I noticed that their ICT department has set the default update channel to Semi-annual. Here’s how to switch to the more frequent Monthly channel on your local machine.

Referring to Microsoft’s article here, I created the following batch script and ran as Administrator.

reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration\ /v CDNBaseUrl
if %errorlevel%==0 (goto SwitchChannel) else (goto End)
reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration /v CDNBaseUrl /t REG_SZ /d "" /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration /v UpdateUrl /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Configuration /v UpdateToVersion /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\Updates /v UpdateToVersion /f
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\OfficeUpdate\ /f

I then forced an update from Word/Excel/etc: File > Account, then Update Options > Update Now under the Product Information section.

Note: stay up to date with Microsoft products at your own risk.

For IT admins

If using Office Deployment Tool, set the channel in the configuration.xml (MS docs) – note: at time of writing, the “default” configuration script (suggested by Microsoft here) still installs the 2016 versions of Office applications; if you want the “Office 365/2019 feature set” versions use the Monthly channel

To change the default download channel from the user portal:

Choose a release track according to your bravery…