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In Windows 8, the Flash Player Active X control will be updated updated by the Windows update service. Since Windows 8 has not yet been released for general availability, the update channel is not active. Once this goes live, you'll start getting updates to Flash Player. As such, there are no updates to the Flash Player at this time and no workaround for installing a later version.
Thanks for the info Chris. I would be amazed if Microsoft took over 2 months (Win8 general availability is October 26) to issue an update as I have already received some updates for other parts of Windows. One bad Flash advertisement on some random ad network and there goes your system... Using Windows Update was supposed to make this whole process of updating Flash into a seamless and invisible process. I hope this doesn't keep happening to Windows 8 users on every Flash update. Kind of amazing Microsoft didn't plan for Flash updates given that it is constantly updated just like any web browser is updated. I mean it may not be generally available but it's still RTM. That's how the ball bounces though.
This is yet another example of Adobe's poor security support. After all this time, why haven't they rebuilt Flash from the ground up with security in mind? Not making patches available for early adaptors is unconscionable. I wonder if they are liable for our hacked compuyters?
I would like to point out that Windows 8 server is now generally available and a Flash update is still missing in action.
Adobe have no control for Windows 8 update. I recommend you to have this discussion at Microsoft forum rather than here.
There is a thread over here:
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