Latest Windows 10 update kills Adobe Flash

We had already indicated that Microsoft wanted to get rid of Adobe Flash Player not only in the browser but also in Windows. The Redmonds had planned to release an optional update for the fall. This will completely remove Adobe Flash Player from the operating system. As we have already indicated, the Redmond giant has made this optional update available for download via the Update Catalog (Bleeping Computer).

Windows 10 terminates Adobe Flash

The KB article is KB4577586 and the update is named “Adobe Flash Player Removal Update” followed by the version number of the operating system for which the package is designated. You can go to the update catalog to download the update package of our version of the system. Packages are available for all currently supported versions of Windows. Including LTSB and related versions of Windows Server.

We should note that the package can currently only be downloaded through the update catalog for manual installation. Microsoft said in the announcement earlier this year that it will begin rolling out that same update through other channels such as Windows Update. As a recommended update after Flash Player end of support on December 31, 2020.

Additionally, users who manually install KB4577586 do not have the option of uninstalling or rolling back the update and will need to perform a clean installation of the operating system to reinstall Flash. The company also said it will remove all APIs, group policies, and interfaces used to manage Flash later next summer.

Interestingly, the folks at BleepingComputer noticed that installing the update did not remove Flash on Edge and OS. The publication has contacted Microsoft for clarification. It is not clear whether the company will release another manual update package before serving it to all users through the usual channels.

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