Flash’s software scourge and security nightmare is all but dead. In theory, it’s already dead, with Adobe Flash Player support ending last year and Microsoft releasing an update to remove it from Windows.
But the company has realized that there are many systems that have cancer software still installed, and starting next month, it will step up efforts to kill it once and for all. This means that more people will receive the KB4577586 update.
Until now, KB4577586 was an optional update, but that will change very soon. Starting next month, people running Windows 10 1809 and later will find it included in preview updates, while from July it will be a mandatory update for anyone running Windows. 10 1809 and higher, as well as Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
In a recent update to an end of support for Flash blog post, Microsoft states:
To ensure the safety of our customers, Microsoft will be removing the Flash component from Windows through update KB4577586 “Update for removal of Adobe Flash Player”.
– From June 2021, update KB4577586 “Update for removing Adobe Flash Player” will be included in the preview update for Windows 10, version 1809 and above. It will also be included in every subsequent cumulative update.
– From July 2021, update KB4577586 for Adobe Flash Player removal will be included in the latest cumulative update for Windows 10, versions 1607 and Windows 10, version 1507. Knowledgebase will also be included in Monthly Rollup and Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.
Also, please note that when you update to Windows 10, version 21H1 or later, Flash will be removed. More information on Windows 10, version 21H1 can be found here.
You can also remove Flash at any time by deploying KB4577586, available in the catalog.
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