It was at the end of October when we saw how Microsoft was giving the finishing touch to Flash. Through the update with the KB4577586 patch, Flash was being eliminated, but only the version included in Windows 10, not affecting the particular installations carried out by users as well as those that include browsers such as Edge. An update that until then was optional.
Now, as 2021 has entered, Microsoft has begun to distribute this update for Windows 10 in versions 20H2 and 2004, and in both versions one factor stands out: this update removes Adobe Flash Player from the computers that get hold of them. An update that also goes from being optional to automatic.
Removed but not from all apps
And it is that although Adobe Flash already had an expiration date set, a movement that Apple started with macOS Sierra in its day, now what it does is put One more nail in the coffin of Adobe development that every time smells more like a corpse. And this time, the person responsible is the patch KB4577586.
If you are using Windows 10 in any of the aforementioned versions and you enter the “Check for updates” section, you may find the availability of the KB4577586 patch. An update that is being rolled out progressively, so it may still take time to reach your team. If availableYou should see a message like this in “Windows Update”:
“Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB4577586)”
The update with the KB4577586 patch is downloaded and installed in a very short time and in order to apply it, you must restart the computer. An update that also stands out because it is impossible to revert and cannot be uninstalled,, at least in an easy way, so that Flash disappears forever.
Remember that Adobe Flash Player does not have technical support from December 31, 2020 and the developer company itself, Adobe, has long recognized the end of Adobe by disappearing from browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge. This step by Microsoft is one more step in the end of Flash after the critical moments that it has already lived:
- Manzana– Started blocking Flash content in its browser, Safari, in 2016.
- Google: took an important step by removing Flash completely from Chrome in late 2020. “
- Mozilla– Completely disabled Flash in Firefox in 2019, with minimal support through the end of 2020 in the Extended Support Release of the browser.
- Microsoft: although in principle you had to click to view Flash content, at the end of 2020, it has been completely disabled by Microsoft in both Edge and Internet Explorer.
- Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg’s company urged its developers to modify their code and take this situation into account, so that at the end of 2020 the end came along with platform myths such as Farmville.
Of course, as we already warned, users can continue to install Flash on their own and it will continue to be present in third-party applications and tools that contain it. This update only removes Microsoft-installed Flash Player, but does not affect other software installations that have been manually installed.
In case you have to use Flash again, Microsoft itself details the steps to follow, which are summarized in two possibilities:
- Reset device to a previous system restore point. This feature must be explicitly enabled and you must have created a system restore point on the Windows device before applying this update.
- Reinstall the system Windows operating, but without applying this update.
Via | Windows Latest