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 remove Adobe Flash Player completely from the operating system. As we have already indicated, the Redmond giant has made this optional update available for download through the Update Catalog (Bleeping Computer).
Windows 10 puts up with Adobe Flash
The knowledge base article is KB4577586 and the update is called “Update to remove Adobe Flash Player” 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 for our version of the system. The packages are available for all currently supported versions of Windows. Including LTSB versions, and related versions of Windows Server.
We must bear in mind that the package is currently downloadable only via the update catalog for manual installation. Microsoft noted in the announcement earlier this year that it will begin rolling out this same update through other channels such as Windows Update. As a recommended update after Flash Player reaches end of support on December 31, 2020.
Further, users who manually install KB4577586 do not have the option to uninstall or roll back the update and they will need to perform a clean installation of the operating system before they can reinstall Flash. The company has also stated that it will be removing all APIs, Group Policies, and interfaces that are used to manage Flash later next summer.
Interestingly, the folks at BleepingComputer noticed that installing update did not get rid of Flash in both Edge and OS. The publication has contacted Microsoft for clarification. It is unclear if the company will release another manual update package before serving it to all users through the usual channels.