Microsoft publishes update to remove Flash Player from Windows

Removing Flash Player from Windows is now possible through the optional KB4577586 update that Microsoft has just released, meeting the deadlines set to complete this Adobe technology from the operating system.

We have already talked ad nauseam about serious problem for global cybersecurity what this multimedia player and plug-in suppose that allows you to add content on the Web. Its multiple vulnerabilities have made it a great recipient of malware. Critical bugs are logged consecutively and allow the creation of exploits that are widely exploited.

The problem is that the extension of Flash has been so massive that it could not be eliminated at a stroke and millions of websites continued to use this technology that allows multimedia to be brought to the web and serve advertising, in many cases essential for the maintenance of the sites. Adobe itself announced the end of support for the Adobe Flash plug-in in 2020 and all the technologies have implemented migration programs towards other more secure, modern and open formats such as HTML5.

How to remove Flash Player from Windows

The deadlines are being met. Microsoft detailed its plans to remove Flash Player in September and has started with the release of update KB4577586: “Update for Adobe Flash Player Removal: October 27, 2020”.

The update can be obtained through the «Microsoft Update Catalog»And the method is as simple as downloading the executable in .msu format and installing it.

The patch is available for a large number of versions of Windows currently supported by Microsoft, the various editions of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, and for x86 and ARM hardware platforms.

The update remove Flash Player from Windows permanently and without the possibility of installing it again. Users who wanted to go back would have to reinstall the system or restore it to an earlier stage.

Windows Flash Player

Although at the moment the patch is only optionally available in the Catalog, Microsoft will offer it in the future in Windows Update in a general way for all users.

Only the internal version of the system

Please note that this update only removes the internal version of Flash Player installed on Windows systems. It does not eliminate other versions that the user has installed on their own, and neither does the support in Microsoft web browsers that carry other types of programming. They don’t have much left in any case.

Microsoft Edge (the new Chromium version) will permanently disable Flash Player by the end of the year and newer versions of the browser will no longer include it. Internet Explorer 11 and the old Microsoft Edge will last with limited support until Summer 2021. This is when the legacy Flash Player development frameworks, group policies and user interfaces are removed via new cumulative updates in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

Although Microsoft will continue to allow its corporate clients to run Flash Player in Edge’s Internet Explorer mode (through the official Adobe plugin without any support), its use will be minimal and in practice Flash Player will be definitely dead, removed from Windows and of the main web browsers on the market: Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Come on, it won’t cost to bury him…. It is what has the adoption of closed formats that end up compromising an entire sector, in this case the entire web, no less. We must learn from these mistakes and the commitment to open standards (much easier to support, improve and ensure in a community way, or to change to another standard if necessary) should be the norm to be followed by the technology industry.


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