Server 2022 WSUS shows Windows 11 clients as Windows 10

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Title; See attached image I did as a test since our production WSUS is still on Server 2019.


Windows 11 sticks out by build number so it's not an Earth-shattering ordeal, but still. Any chance of this being accounted for via future updates to Server 2022? (or downlevel for those not on the bleeding edge)  Microsoft had to know this was coming, right?



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Looks like it's Windows 11 at fault and not WSUS, which is simply relaying the "ProductName" value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion. This is currently "Windows 10 [edition]" on Windows 11, even the latest Insider builds. Change the string & check into WSUS, and that's what will show up.

A search on the registry shows Windows 11 littered with "Windows 10" references. Great attention to detail there guys.



I don't suggest you to do this modification in registry, because we don't know the side effects of it.


According to tests I done (installed 2 brand-new Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022 ; installed a fresh Windows 11 VM), the wrong product shown in WSUS don't have an impact on proposed updates for the computer.


Proposed updates for the W11 VM (reported as Windows 10 Pro) are linked to Windows 11 product.


So it's "just" an aesthetic issue






Oh for sure, I never planned on touching that registry key. As you said, it is just aesthetic. We can go by build number for now (22000) in checking things out at a glance in the WSUS console. But with the build number being tied to the Windows Update agent, that could get wonky in the future too. (see: Win10 2004/20H2/21H1/21H2 all being reported as 19041) I'd hope that with once-a-year feature updates now, that Win11 22H2 would not be an enablement package and therefore the WU agent's build would increment when it releases next year.