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How to Lock Down IE 10 by Disabling Flash in Windows 8


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.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/6/12

Comments (1)

  1. SatoMew

    So now Microsoft is doing with Windows 8 the same thing with Windows XP: bundling Flash Player with the OS. At least Flash Player now updates itself, which is at least the greatest advantage over the similar scenario with Windows XP, where the bundled Flash Player 6 cannot be upgraded further.

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