Here we can see “security update for internet explorer flash player for windows 10 for x64-based systems (kb3087040)”
Somebody at Microsoft should have tested the patch before releasing it, but fortunately, there’s a simple fix.
Microsoft unrolled a patch for Adobe Flash Player running in Internet Explorer 10 and 11 and Microsoft Edge on Windows 8.x and Windows 10 PCs. Referred to as KB 3087040, the patch incorporates numerous security fixes that Adobe released in Flash Player version 184.108.40.206 — the primary publicly released version of Flash Player 19.
Since IE10 and IE11 now include Flash Player, whenever Adobe hiccups, IE sneezes. An equivalent bug-infested code now resides in Edge, so it too must be updated.
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There’s one little problem with this patch: it’s like Microsoft didn’t test it on Windows 10 systems. Judging by the hue and cry, I might guess that a minimum of a 3rd of the people trying to put in KB 3087040 on their RTM Windows 10 systems (build 10240) are becoming this message:
Problems were installing some updates, but we’ll try again later. If you retain seeing this and need to look online or contact support for information, this might help:
Security Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB3087040) – Error 0x80004005
Surprisingly, those users within the Insider Fast ring — running Windows 10 build 10547 — aren’t seeing the patch in the least. At least, that is the case on my PCs. The patch isn’t offered to Windows 7 customers running Internet Explorer 10 or 11, either. I even have no idea why.
If you see the error message and figure you’ll ignore it — who uses IE any longer, right? — remember that Microsoft advises that “other applications, like Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010, can invoke Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer.”
This is 2015, yes? You’d think Microsoft would’ve found out how to dam that problem half a decade ago. But what does one expect from a corporation that also uses hex numbers for errors?
Anyway, there is a simple workaround if you do not want to attend Microsoft to repair its latest patching problem. Download the Windows 10 build 10240 patches (available during a 32-bit or 64-bit version) and install them manually. Unfortunately, if there’s a politician Microsoft Download page for the Windows 10 patches, I can not find it.
- Security Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB3087040) – Error 0x80004005
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