Disable Adobe Flash Updates on 64-bit Windows with Group Policy

Like many other applications, Adobe Flash has built-in update functionality that checks for updates and will prompt the end user to install the update. Unfortunately, these updaters are not always smart enough to know whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a very small environment, this may not be a problem since users may [*shudder*] have Admin rights; however, in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials… especially if you’re using some kind of systems management software to push out updates to your computers.

In this post, I’ll detail how you can configure Group Policy to disable the Flash update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Adobe Flash Updates with Group Policy

Like many other applications, Adobe Flash has built-in update functionality that checks for updates and will prompt the end user to install the update. Unfortunately, these updaters are not always smart enough to know whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a very small environment, this may not be a problem since users may [*shudder*] have Admin rights; however, in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials… especially if you’re using some kind of systems management software to push out updates to your computers.

In this post, I’ll detail how you can configure Group Policy to disable the Flash update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Adobe Acrobat X Updates with Group Policy

By default, an installation of Adobe Acrobat X will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Acrobat update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Adobe Reader X updates with Group Policy

By default, an installation of Adobe Reader X will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Reader update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

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Disable Java updates with Group Policy

Please note:  This article was originally posted on February 6, 2012.  Translation: It’s old!  This article does not cover how to disable all update notifications, just the task tray notification that was common in 2012.  Oracle has changed Java’s update process to be more intrusive to encourage computer users to upgrade to the latest version.  And, you should…  Better yet, remove Java if you don’t need it.  If you can’t remove it, run it in a sandboxed environment and not your day-to-day system.

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By default, an installation of Java will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests when a user that doesn’t have Admin rights gets a UAC prompt that wants Admin credentials. Here’s how to disable the Java update checks so that your end users don’t see messages like this:

Java Update Notification in Windows 7

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