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Silverlight, Do I install or NOT

by PudgyOne / February 12, 2008 4:53 AM PST

Silverlight is, from what I'm reading a new type of flash player from Microsoft. Do I install it or NOT. I see it collects user information.

Why don't they just allow Adobe's Flash Player?

Will I see any problems if I don't install it?

I would like all views and comments on this product.



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install it if you have a website that needs it
by ramarc / February 12, 2008 5:16 AM PST

silverlight is microsoft's alternative to flash, but it doesn't play (or prevent you from playing) flash content. silverlight is still relatively new and there are few websites that use it. expect microsoft owned sites like msn to start making it a required download for 'optimum enjoyment' of the site.

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silverlight is not allowed
by kunyatz / September 19, 2013 8:07 AM PDT

I tried to run a video from amazon. I must do it on Chrome as I have a Chromecaster and it DEMANDS that it run with chrome. Installed silverlight and next time it says: 'silverlight is not allowed'.
WHAT IS GOING ON??? Google is no help. Microsoft shows a bunch of gobbaldygook that I don't understand.
I can D/L from Amazon with Firefox without any problems, but I can't send it to my TV via Chromcaster.

I'm ready to throw the chromecaster away.
Latest Chrome
Latest Silverlight

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Are You Sure You've Enabled It??
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 20, 2013 4:32 AM PDT

According to the Chrome website:

First open the Chrome browser. Next:

1. Type chrome:plugins in the address bar.
2. Find Silverlight:
Click Disable to stop the plug-in from running.
Click Enable to re-enable the plug-in.

And since Silverlight seems to require NET Framework, if you don't have, at least, NET Framework 4.0 installed, you can do so using the link below. (After installing NET 4.0, Windows Updates will throw a number of updates for NET Framework.. You'll want to install them in the order they are given.):

One other note: Make sure you have the most recent version of Java installed.. Older Java versions seems to cause and issue where Silverlight is not detected.

Hope this helps.


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My take. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 12, 2008 7:05 AM PST

Bells and Whistles. I installed it. I wasn't impressed. Saw no need. Uninstalled it. Appears to show up on MS sites only.

Your choice. It's uninstallable.

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I don't like
by itsdigger / September 19, 2013 8:25 AM PDT

Having to use it but my bank requires Silverlight for online banking Cry

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