Microsoft Starts Removing Flash Player via Windows Update KB4577586

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Microsoft has started releasing the KB4577586 Windows update that perpetually eliminates the Adobe Flash Player software from Windows devices.

KB4577586 is a specific Flash removal update. The update is described as Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 <version here>, and is likewise available for Windows Server editions.

Starting yesterday, Microsoft has begun to roll out the ‘Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 (KB4577586)’ update through the Windows Update as what they say is an elective update.

KB4577586 Update Installation

System administrators who need to remove Flash prior to the EOL date could access the Microsoft Update Catalog, download the packages of KB4577586, and remove Flash from their system so as to avoid any security-related issues.

Though the Redmond software giant stated that the KB4577586 update was elective, several Windows 10 users informed that Microsoft is now coercively installing KB4577586 on their devices and removing Flash support from the Operating System.

Well- known web browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Edge have declared Adobe Flash Player EOL (End of Life):

  • Since Mozilla Firefox version 85 it doesn’t support Adobe Flash. Actually, since version 69, the Adobe Flash Player Plugin was disabled by default however, there was an option to enable Flash for particular websites. Additionally, Adobe Flash was the only NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) plugin that Firefox supported in those days.
  • Since Chrome version 88, Chrome has discontinued support for Flash Player.
  • Likewise, Microsoft Edge doesn’t support playing Flash content from the very first releases of Microsoft Edge version 88. To verify or check this, you can open the edge://components page and view Adobe Flash Player - Version: 0.0.0.0. You can find Edge no longer utilizes Flash Player. Also while you click the “Check for updates” button, you will observe an error.

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