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Turn off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevent applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects

This policy setting turns off Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and prevents applications from using Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects. If you enable this policy setting Flash is turned off for Internet Explorer and applications cannot use Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects. In the Manage Add-ons dialog box the Flash status will be ‘Disabled’ and users cannot enable Flash. If you enable this policy setting Internet Explorer will ignore settings made for Adobe Flash through the “Add-on List” and “Deny all add-ons unless specifically allowed in the Add-on List” policy settings. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting Flash is turned on for Internet Explorer and applications can use Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash objects. Users can enable or disable Flash in the Manage Add-ons dialog box. Note that Adobe Flash can still be disabled through the “Add-on List” and “Deny all add-ons unless specifically allowed in the Add-on List” policy settings even if this policy setting is disabled or not configured. However if Adobe Flash is disabled through the “Add-on List” and “Deny all add-ons unless specifically allowed in the Add-on List” policy settings and not through this policy setting all applications that use Internet Explorer technology to instantiate Flash object can still do so. For more information see “Group Policy Settings in Internet Explorer 10” in the Internet Explorer TechNet library.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer # DisableFlashInIE

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Security Features -> Add-on Management

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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