Microsoft has released a special update!
Microsoft has posted a landmark update to the Windows 10 operating system in its Microsoft Update Catalog that removes the Adobe Flash Player.
The Adobe Flash Player has been part of the Windows system for over ten years. Note that Adobe recognized the technology as obsolete in 2017 and announced its decision to end support for Flash Player in December 2020. In September, Microsoft notified users of the upcoming change schedule for Windows 10. Just over a week ago, Microsoft removed the Flash player from its Edge browser in a test version of Edge Canary 88.
The latest update from catalog number KB4577586 with the long title “Update for the removal of Adobe Flash Player: October 27, 2020” can be manually installed to clean the “relic of the past” in the form of Flash from the system before the final discontinuation of support. The update is available for Windows 10 versions 1909 (November 2019), 1903 (May 2019), 1809, 1803 and earlier. Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled, and you cannot find any Flash Player related settings in the Windows Control Panel.
Starting in early 2021, this update will begin to be distributed as an optional update through Windows Update, and in a few months it will become recommended.
In January, Adobe Flash Player will be disabled by default in all versions of Windows 10 older than the KB4561600 update released in June 2020. Resources on Microsoft sites for downloading Adobe Flash Player will no longer be available. In the summer of 2021, all APIs, group policies, and user interfaces that control Adobe Flash Player will be removed from old Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 with the next cumulative update for Windows 10, as well as related updates for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8. Standard.