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Adobe Flash Install via GPO - Remove Prior Versions From GPO?

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Managing a domain where Adobe Flash is being installed via a GPO.  Each time a new version of Adobe Flash has come out, the admin has been adding the new version to the existing GPO (the GPO can obviously tell that the new version of Flash is an upgrade for the prior versions).  Thus, the GPO has numerous versions of Flash starting with version 14.  The current version of Flash is 16.  Can I remove all of the versions from the GPO except for version 16?  That away it's not so cluttered.

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Short answer, yes.  You probably should not have "Immediately uninstall the software from users and computers" selected in the policies.  Here's some info that explains your options and what they mean: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/816102

Flash installers, for some time, simply upgrade the existing client, so if your clients are reasonably up-to-date, you'll only need the latest plus one or two previous.  If you have a need to "roll-back" to another version, you would likely have to uninstall the latest and re-deploy the previous.

You should ALWAYS test the policy, in this case, maybe with a duplicate policy that only applies to a small number of systems.
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