On December 31, 2020, Adobe killed off Flash Player once and
for all, and users are now recommended to uninstall the
software from Windows 10 and web browsers.
Adobe has already started
displaying Flash Player end of life pop-up on Windows 10.
Later this month or next month, a Windows 10 update will begin
rolling out via Windows Update and WSUS to kill off the
Microsoft has already made the patch titled “Update for the
removal of Adobe Flash Player” available via its Update
Catalog, but it’s currently optional and most users are not
aware of it.
The same patch is coming to the Windows Update and WSUS in the
next few weeks.
The purpose of the patch is removing Flash Player from the
operating system (both consumer and Server edition), but
there’s a catch – it will only remove Flash from Control Panel.
Once it’s applied, Microsoft says
only the Flash Player that’s bundled with Windows 10 will be
removed and you won’t be able to run it natively again. The
update won’t affect the browsers and Flash Player manually
installed by the user. For example, it won’t remove PPAPI and
NPAPI versions of Flash if they were installed by you.
According to the roadmap, Microsoft is also planning to remove
Flash Player from its Edge browser via a separate automatic
update in January.
Microsoft also warned that the update can’t be removed after
it’s been applied. If you still want to run Flash programs,
you’ll need to use emulators. The move isn’t a bad thing, given
that Flash Player has been discontinued.
There’s a chance that Windows devices will still have some
Adobe Flash components installed. To make sure Flash is
completely removed, head to Apps & Features page in the
Settings app and uninstall it manually.