Microsoft will start fully removing Adobe Flash from Windows 10 this summer. The Windows 10 “Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player,” which permanently removes Flash as a component of the operating system, will become mandatory starting in July. Updating to Windows 10 version 21H1, expected to start rolling out this month, will also remove the software.
The update that removes Adobe Flash will also be available for older operating systems like Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard. Microsoft announced the timeline in an update to a blog post.
Microsoft has already been removing Flash support from its Microsoft Edge browser with an update that many people will have received and installed automatically. Now it’s removing the Flash Player that comes bundled with Windows. A support page for the update notes that it will not remove a version of Adobe Flash Player manually installed from another source.
The end of Flash’s life has been going on for years. Major browsers were dropping support in 2016, and Adobe itself stopped supporting the legacy format at the end of last year. With support having ended, the Internet Archive now offers a backup of thousands of old Flash games and animations in an attempt to preserve an important part of internet history.