Switch from Semi-Annual Channel to the Monthly Channel in O365


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.

Some users have the semi-annual channel and others the monthly channel, The Monthly channel users get the latest updates. this could be due to the Office License that is assigned to the user. 
What I observed is that Business Premium users tend to have the “Monthly Channel” whereas the E3 users have the “Semi-Annual Channel” 
These cmd allow the E3 users to be assigned the Monthly channel in E3, that way the updates are synced across, and changes can be seen by new users

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=Monthly” 

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

ChannelKeyword 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 switched to.