Microsoft will completely remove all remnants of Adobe Flash from Windows 10. The system update that will ensure this will arrive in July.
Those who wish to do so can also have the remaining Flash components removed with the 21H1 update arriving this month. Flash will then be erased once and for all as part of Microsoft’s operating system. The update that cleans up Flash remnants also applies to older Windows versions, such as 8.1 and Windows Server 2012. The planning around this is published by Microsoft in a blog post.
Why does Flash have to make way again now? Well, the programming language and its scripts were used at the time to embellish websites with attractive animations. The big disadvantage is that Flash consumes quite a bit of RAM. Browsers such as Google Chrome and other Chromium variants are sometimes accused of being sluggishes of valuable working memory. In addition, HTML5 contains similar functions, so developers no longer need Flash. Moreover, hackers could easily misuse Flash. At the end of last year, owner Adobe decided to pull the plug permanently.
Microsoft Edge without Flash
Microsoft has been updating its browser Edge and removing the last scraps of Flash for some time now. Soon the same will happen for the Flash Player that used to be embedded in a Windows installation. An older support page does mention that those who manually installed the Adobe Flash Player may still have to remove the software themselves.
For those who still have fond memories of the old flash games and animations, you can contact it Internet Archive.