Microsoft now includes Flash along with their Internet Explorer browser in Windows 8. Flash has been known as a big culprit when it comes to security vulnerabilities in the past, so here’s how to disable it.

Note: We have outlined two methods for achieving the same goal, there is no need to do both.

Through Internet Explorer

The first way you can disable flash is through the Internet Explorer add-on options. The first thing we need to do is launch an instance of the desktop version of Internet Explorer.

When IE opens, click on the gear icon, then select Manage add-ons from the menu.

Next you need to change the show settings, from currently loaded add-ons, to all add-ons.

Now select the Shockwave Flash Object add-on on the right hand side, then click on the disable button.

Through Group Policy

Alternatively you could do it through a local Group Policy Object, to get started press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.

Now you will need to drill down into:

User Configuration\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Security Features\ Add-on Management

On the right-hand side you will see a setting called “Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects”, double click on it.

Now switch the radio button from “Not Configured” to “Enabled”,  then click on the OK button.

Next we need to force the updated policy to take effect on your PC, to do this press the Windows + R key combination,  and when the run box opens run:

gpupdate /force

It should be noted that the Group Policy method will always override what you specify in the interface.

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Taylor Gibb is a professional software developer with nearly a decade of experience. He served as Microsoft Regional Director in South Africa for two years and has received multiple Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional) awards. He currently works in R&D at Derivco International.
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