How to enable automatic Flash Player updates on Windows

How to enable automatic Flash Player updates on Windows

Last updated: October 13, 2017 

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Enable automatic Flash Player updates to potentially save your neck. The often maligned Adobe Flash Player is a potential security threat to systems and devices that support it. Especially if it is out of date. Adobe began releasing regular security updates for Flash Player in 2012, pairing updates with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday schedule. They also release out-of-cycle updates for Flash Player on occasions when vulnerability severity requires it.

Although there is a waning need for Flash Player year over year, it is still a widely used web browser plug-in. Its use is widespread enough that all major web browser still support it. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers both integrate Flash Player implementing quick updates upon the release of new Flash Player versions. Those who use other web browsers may wish to enable automatic Flash Player updates to ensure they always have the latest versions installed.

Launch Flash Player Settings Manager

To enable automatic Flash Player updates on Windows, open your computer’s Control Panel, and click System and Security.

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Scroll down, and click Flash Player to launch the Flash Player Settings Manager.

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Select the Updates tab. Once in the Updates tab, click the Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended) radio button if it is not already selected. If you encounter User Account Control (UAC), click Yes to continue.

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While you are still in the Updates tab, take the opportunity to check if your computer is running the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Click the Check Now button.

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The About Flash Player page will launch on Adobe’s website in a new browser window or tab. The version of Flash Player currently installed on your computer displays in the Version Information box. You can also use the table at the base of the same page to compare your platform, browser and Flash version to see if Flash Player is up to date.

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