How to completely uninstall & remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10

Modern day web browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and others include an embedded copy of Flash. So, if you are running a Windows 10 computer, you can have up to 4 copies of Adobe Flash Player: one for Internet Explorer, one for Microsoft Edge, one for Firefox and one for Opera, respectively. Also, you may find instances where two Flash players are running simultaneously, one installed in Chrome as a single plugin and other installed in Windows, trying to parse the data.

At such times, you may want to remove or uninstall one of the versions of Adobe Flash Player. This post walks you through the process of disabling the Embedded Adobe Flash from Windows 10.

How to remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10

Before proceeding further, you should sign in with your administrative account and disable the Flash Player in Internet Explorer & Microsoft Edge browser, even if you are not using it or set it as the default browser.

Launch the Edge browser, go to ‘Settings’, select ‘Advanced Settings’ and move the slider against ‘Use Adobe Flash Player’ to ‘Off’ position.

Flash player

Next, open File Explorer and go the following address C:\Windows\servicing\Packages and check for the following entries-

  • Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64….(version number of the Flash Player)
  • Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64….(version number of the Flash player #)
  • Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-onecoreuap-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64…(version number of the Flash Player)

Folder Path

Note down these Adobe-Flash packages names.

Now, open the Registry editor by launching the ‘Run’ dialog box and entering ‘regedit.exe’ in its empty field. Hit ‘Enter’.

Right-click the three keys which have the above 3 names, individually, one after the other, and select ‘Permissions’.

Enable Full control for the Administrators account by checking ‘Allow’.

How to remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10

Click ‘OK’.

Now, select each of the 3 keys one after the other and then select Visibility DWORD on the right side. Right-click on Visibility and change the Value Data from 2 to 1.

Repeat the same procedure for the other keys as well.

Having done that, you will now be able to remove Packages using the DISM utility. So open an elevated Command-Prompt and execute the following 3 commands one after the other:

dism /online /remove-package /packagename:Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64-10.0.17134.1
dism /online /remove-package /packagename:Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-WOW64-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64-10.0.17134.1
dism /online /remove-package /packagename:Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-onecoreuap-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64-10.0.17134.1

NOTE: The numbers at the end could be different in your case, because of the version number difference, so use the numbers on your system.

This action will remove everything inside the Macromed folder under System32 as well as the SysWOW64 folders.

Restart your system.

This completes our action of completely removing the embedded Adobe Flash player from Windows 10.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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