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Uninstalling a piece of software isn’t just because you’ve gave up on it. Sometimes, you need to remove it from your system after a failed installation process. But whichever your reasons are, this post will help you perform a clean uninstall on Windows.

Take note that the steps here won’t apply to Windows users who are using Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer on Windows 8 as well as those who are using Google Chrome on supported operating systems.

How to Perform a Clean Uninstall

#1: Get the Flash Player uninstaller

The uninstaller for Flash Player will execute both on Windows systems that are either 64-bit or 32-bit. Make sure you download the uninstaller to a location that you can find without any trouble. Or, if you just want to be sure, downloading it to your Desktop doesn’t hurt.

#2: Close all programs that use Flash

The uninstaller won’t work if applications that use Flash are still running. First, check the taskbar and close all programs that are still open. Second, check the system tray for applications that are using Flash and close them.

#3: Execute the uninstaller

Launch the uninstaller by double-clicking on the icon. A series of prompts will follow and you just need to follow them to get to uninstall Flash. When prompted about allowing the uninstaller to make changes to your computer, click on YES.

#4: Manually delete folders and files

Go to Start -> Run then type C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash. Delete all the files found in this folder.

#5: Check that the removal of the program was complete

Verify a complete uninstall by restarting the computer then firing up a browser to check whether or not Flash is no longer supported.

By following these steps, you can completely remove Flash from your Windows system. In case you’re a Mac user, here’s a guide for you.