Ever wondered why Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) offers Flash updates for Windows Server? Adobe Flash Player is installed on Windows Server 2016 if you have the Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role installed. Yikes! I can imagine you want to delete Adobe Flash Player without deleting the RDSH role, and here is how.

You can easily uninstall and remove Adobe Flash Player from Windows Server using Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM):

DISM /Online /Remove-Package /PackagePath:"C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.14393.0.mum"

If you want to, or have to, install Adobe Flash Player on Windows Server 2016 again, use:

DISM /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:"C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.14393.0.mum"

If you happen to still be on Windows Server 2012R2, you can use the following command to remove Flash Player:

DISM /Online /Remove-Package /PackagePath:"C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.3.9600.16384.mum"

And for Windows Server 2019:

DISM /Online /Remove-Package /PackagePath:"C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.17763.1.mum"

Basically the only difference is the build and version number.

If you then want to completely remove Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows Server, use the next command:

DISM /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Internet-Explorer-Optional-amd64
# use `DISM /Online /Get-Features` to list all enabled features

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Jan Reilink

My name is Jan. I am not a hacker, coder, developer, programmer or guru. I am merely a system administrator, doing my daily thing at Vevida in the Netherlands. With over 15 years of experience, my specialties include Windows Server, IIS, Linux (CentOS, Debian), security, PHP, WordPress, websites & optimization. Want to support me and donate? Use this link: https://paypal.me/jreilink.

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