Hi, I have a few 100 workstations running W7. Previously I wasn't too bothered about the Adobe Flash autoupdate. I would eventually get around to pushing out the latest version via SCCM, but didn't mind if the users got the latest version before this. Now however with version 11.4.402.265 I notice the autoupdate is also psuhing Chrome (as default browser) and Google Toolbar by default - meaning the user has to deselect them.

To prevent as these Google Chrome installations, and also not risk breaking something, I'm wondering if people can recommend the best ways of turning off the Adobe Flash autoupdate - in an automated way for multiple machines. I can script this(etc), just looking for best method, registry change etc.


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I always apply for the flash distribution version from: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=distribution_form&pv=fp

This version is "Google-free"

Then create a text file with only one entry in it.


Save the file as mms.cfg with UTF-8 encoding.

Create an MST to the licensed MSI and put the mms.cfg file in:


This have never posted a problem for me (more than the usual work to create a new package and distribute it every so often)

Answered 08/30/2012 by: andemats
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  • However, if you already have several versions of flash (and google toolbar and so on) in your environment, I'd recommend removing it with the Adobe Flash Uninstaller.
    and then install a fresh version of licensed flash from the link above.
  • Thanks Andemats. There are unfortunately already over 100 machines in my environment, in different office, with the autoupdate version. I want to be careful in terms of removing and reinstalling not cause any issues for the users. That's why if there was some method of simply turning off the autoupdate it would be preferable. Twaeking the c:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\mms.cfg looks promising...
  • Yes, I have'nt tried it on a "non commercial" version, but it should work.
    Give it a try and let us know how it works.
  • Deploy the mms.cfg file to those users and it will stop updating on their machines.
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