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Force Flash update by command line


Flash got an auto updater. It can however take some time until patches are detected and applied to the system. Especially for Flash 0-Day exploits, Flash updates can be critical and should be applied immediately. I leave it up to you how to auto-apply these forced updates to all your clients. Let’s get started!

Forcing a Flash update on…

… the plugin for most popular browsers is fairly easy. Please note however, that the .exe will always include the Flash Player version, which means that you have to manually update the path every time. 16_0_0_296 is the Version of today, 3rd February. Check the %WINDIR%\system32\macromed\flash\ directory to find out what version you currently have.


64 Bit/32 Bit Systems: Flash Player is built-in to Chrome. Flash updates will be delivered with a Chrome update automatically.


64 Bit System:

%WINDIR%\system32\macromed\flash\FlashUtil64_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe -update plugin

32 Bit System:

%WINDIR%\system32\macromed\flash\FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_Plugin.exe -update plugin

Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and Vista

64 Bit System:

%WINDIR%\system32\macromed\flash\FlashUtil64_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe -update activex

32 Bit System:

%WINDIR%\system32\macromed\flash\FlashUtil32_16_0_0_296_ActiveX.exe -update activex

Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or higher

64 Bit/32 Bit Systems: Flash Player is built-in to Internet Explorer as well. The update of Flash will be shipped with an Internet Explorer update via Windos Update.