Microsoft is slowly removing Flash Player from all versions of Windows 10. The optional update to remove the Flash Player will be available for download in February, but as part of the phased rollout approach, it will be displayed to users at different time periods. Consistent with last year’s announcement, Microsoft has quietly confirmed that Adobe Flash Player will eventually disappear from every system with the mandatory security update of Patch Tuesday.
In 2020, Microsoft explained that Flash Player will be removed in phases. The company first ended support for Adobe Flash Player on its web browsers (Edge and IE 11). In February, Microsoft released the Flash Player Killer KB4577586 as an optional update for Windows Update (WU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). In our test, it can be observed that applying Windows 10 KB4577586 from Windows Update or WSUS will permanently delete Adobe Flash Player from the system.
On April 27, Microsoft quietly updated the original announcement, and the new changes will be launched in June and July. According to the updated roadmap, there is no longer a need for a separate update to remove Flash Player. The optional “C” and “D” updates for Windows 10 will be released in June, which will completely remove the Flash player.
The C or D version of the Windows 10 update is launched in the third or fourth week of each month. These updates are completely optional. They include most non-security updates and will be pushed to users along with the mandatory Patch Tuesday update (internally referred to as the “B” version). If you skip the optional update, Flash Player will still be removed with the July 2021 Patch Tuesday update.
As expected, the Windows 10 21H1 version, the so-called May 2021 update, will be the first operating system version without Adobe Flash Player. If you upgrade to the May 2021 update, Flash Player will automatically stop working on your system.
After these changes, users can no longer continue to use Adobe Flash Player. If they want to use Flash Player, they will need to set up the Windows Update service as soon as possible. Another option is to reinstall Windows without applying the update. The last way is to run a completely independent environment on an old version of Windows.
It is also important to understand that Microsoft will only remove Flash Player components that are automatically included in Windows. This means that if you are using a third-party solution or manually installed the player, it will not be deleted.
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