It’s been a long road for Flash, but we finally have a deadline for its removal from Windows 10.
The end of Flash was slower and slower towards the finish line. However, Microsoft has finally confirmed that the July Patch Tuesday will be the last Flash you’ll see on Windows 10.
Microsoft Confirmed Termination Date for Flash Player
As spotted on Windows Latest, Microsoft has quietly announced when it will remove Flash from all copies of Windows 10. The hammer will fall once the KB4577586 update is released to the public channel.
However, if you’d rather not wait that long, Microsoft has some good news for you. The software giant has confirmed two avenues you can take to remove Flash from your system well before the July deadline.
First, you can manually download and install the update that removes Flash from Windows 10. To do this, go to the Windows Update Catalog and download the patch for your operating system.
However, since Windows Latest was discovered, you cannot manually remove the update once it is installed unless you roll back to a previous restore point. As such, you must be 100% sure that you no longer want Flash on your system before downloading this optional update.
Second, you can get rid of Flash by downloading Windows 10 version 21H1, also known as the May 2021 update. Microsoft has not released the May 2021 update at the time of writing this. article, but it should arrive soon.
If you don’t take any of the above actions, Microsoft will still remove Flash from your PC when the July Patch Tuesday Update drops.
It should be noted that the patch will only remove the copy of Flash installed in Windows as part of the operating system. If you manually download and install Flash yourself, updating will not remove it. As such, you can hang on to Flash for a bit longer or uninstall it manually if you no longer need it.
The final farewells for Flash on Windows 10
Flash is long past its prime, but it has yet to be completely removed from Windows 10. However, in July everyone will receive an update that will finally put the old media player to bed.
If you’re wondering why Microsoft is looking to remove Flash from Windows 10, it’s because Adobe officially stopped supporting it in December 2020. As such, Flash is now more of a security vulnerability than a tool. useful, and tech companies around the world are trying to get rid of it and move on.
This is the end, beautiful friend. Adobe Flash Player no longer exists.
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