Microsoft is slowly removing Flash Player from all versions of Windows 10. The optional update to remove Flash Player will be available for download in February of this year, as part of a “phased” rollout approach, which is pushed to users at different time periods.
Consistent with last year’s announcement, Microsoft has quietly confirmed that Adobe Flash Player will eventually disappear from every system with the mandatory security update of the “Tuesday Patch”.
In 2020, Microsoft explained that Flash Player will be removed in phases. The company first ended support for Adobe Flash Player on its web browsers (Edge and IE 11). In February of this year, Microsoft released the Flash Player “killer patch” KB4577586 as an optional update for Windows Update (WU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
In the test, we found that installing Windows 10 KB4577586 from Windows Update or WSUS will permanently delete Adobe Flash Player from the system. As you can see in the screenshot, this patch cannot be deleted manually, but users can still restore Flash Player by using the earlier system restore point or the “reset this computer” function.
Microsoft quietly updated the original announcement, and the new changes will be launched in June and July. According to the updated roadmap, there is no longer a need for a separate update to remove Flash Player. The optional “C” and “D” updates for the Windows 10 system will be released in June this year, and Flash Player will be removed.
The C or D version of the Windows 10 update is released in the third or fourth week of each month. These updates are completely optional. They include most non-security updates and will be pushed to everyone along with the mandatory “Patch Tuesday” update (internally referred to as the “B” version). If you skip the optional update, Flash Player will be officially removed with the July Patch Tuesday update.