Switching Office 365 Pro Plus Update Channels

I needed my office install, which was set to semi-anual channel, to be updated to 1808 so i could install Visio Standard 2019 alongside of Office 365 Pro Plus.
I looked for a way to do and found this website.


Switch Channels

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=Insiders”
    or if you want to switch to the Montly channel:
    “OfficeC2RClient.exe /changesetting Channel=Monthly”

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

Channel Keyword 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 switch to.