I am working on an enterprise wiki site collection inside sharepoint on-premises 2013, and i want to update a field named "PageNumber", without affecting the modified, modifedby & version number, so i wrote this powershell script and i run it inside a test wiki site:-

$site = get-SPWeb http://**/site/customerwiki/
#specify the list name 
$list = $site.Lists["Customer KB"] 
$listitems = $list.Items 

foreach ($listitem in $listitems) 
    write-host $listitem["ID"] "processed"
    $listitem["PageNumber"] = $listitem["Initial"]+$listitem["ID"];
    write-host $listitem["Name"] "has been updated." 


where the wiki pages got updated without creating new version or update the modified-by or modified date.. now i am asking this question as i found many articles which mentioned that suing SystemUpdate() will create new versions such as this link:- How to Update SharePoint List Items without Creating New Versions

so can anyone advice on this?

3 Answers 3


Use .SystemUpdate(false) which will not create a new version.

SPListItem.SystemUpdate Method

  • Hehe, I thought OP was asking how to make sure it does create a new version. Apr 10, 2019 at 21:01
  • @Trevor Seward but in my case if i use .SystemUpdate() without passing any parameters will not create new version as well,,, so is my approach f using .SystemUpdate() without passing any parameters a valid appraoch as well? i got confused as a lot of articles mentioned that using Systemupdate() (without any parameters) will create a new version.. but based on my test it will not
    – John John
    Apr 10, 2019 at 21:16

SystemUpdate() is the same as SystemUpdate(false)

SPListItem.SystemUpdate method

Calling this method is the same as calling SystemUpdate(Boolean) with false.

Source: Microsoft Docs. I might be a bit old fashioned, but what is wrong with checking the official documentation? :)


You have to pass true as a parameter in order for it to increment the version number:


MSDN documentation on SystemUpdate().

  • now i do not want the SystemUpdate() to create a new version,, and my script is being able to do so,, but i got confused as a lot of articles mentioned that using Systemupdate() (without any parameters) will create a new version.. i hope i have explained my question better..
    – John John
    Apr 10, 2019 at 21:14
  • If you do not want a new version, then Trevor Seward's answer is the correct one. Apr 10, 2019 at 21:16
  • yes i do NOT want to create new version, and based on my test using Systemupdate() (without any parameters) will NOT create new version.. or i have to pass false parameter??
    – John John
    Apr 10, 2019 at 21:18
  • 2
    If through your testing you have found that passing no parameters results in no new version, I would say that seems like a perfectly valid approach. However, it might be a little bit safer to pass $false as a parameter to explicitly tell SharePoint "no, I do not want a new version." That way there is no question what you are telling SharePoint to do. Apr 10, 2019 at 22:22

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