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Adobe Flash Player not working

Mar 29, 2011 7:22AM PDT

I reinstalled my Windows Vista Home Premium operating system on an Acer desk top with an Athlon 3800 microprocessor. I was able to reinstall all my software including Windows Mail.

When I tried to look at a YouTube video the message prompting me to download Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher appeared so I downloaded it. Flash Player will not work with any website. I uninstalled it and reinstalled to no avail.

Coincidentally I cannot open links in email messages. An error message appears, "Application Not Found".

Any suggestions?


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Tried Disabling "Hardware Acceleration".
Mar 29, 2011 8:09AM PDT

Try the steps below:

Click on the link below to see if you can load the Flash animation (banner) without the system crashing at:

Don't worry, it's not a video, it shouldn't crash -- if it does, this won't fix your issue. If it works without crashing, right-click on the Flash animation (banner) and uncheck "Enable hardware acceleration" from the Settings panel. You should now be able to view the YouTube videos without crashing the computer.

Hope this helps.


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Page Displays But No banner.
Mar 29, 2011 11:07AM PDT

Clicked on the link with IE9 but the banner would not display. I clicked on the link with Google Chrome and the banner box displayed,"You have version 10,2,154,25 installed". The accompanying table lists that version for Chrome. The version for Windows Internet Explorer is 10,2,153,1.

Yesterday I uninstalled Google Chrome before uninstalling Flash Player and then installing Flash Player. I must have a setting that is telling the downloader to use the Chrome version even if I started the process with Internet Explorer.

While I prefer to use IE I may be stuck with Chrome for now. Besides IE9 is a whole different animal from IE8.

Thanks for your help. Now I know what has happened I just don't know why.

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Chorme & IE Use Different Flash Player Installers
Mar 30, 2011 3:27AM PDT
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Flash Player still won't work with IE
Mar 30, 2011 8:56AM PDT

Tried your suggestion but didn't work. I tried removing all Adobe Flash Player folders, uninstalling Flash Player and installing installing Flash Player for Windows IE. Maybe it is a registry problem. Something is telling the installer to install the Chrome version.

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A Thought.. Is This Using Vista 64 bit With IE 64 bit?
Mar 30, 2011 9:27AM PDT

If you're using Vista 64 bit, then Flash DOES NOT work on the 64 bit version of Internet Explorer. It's not supported. There should be a 32 bit version of Internet Explorer and if you've installed the correct Flash Player for Internet Explorer, then the 32 bit version of IE should work correctly.

Hope this helps.


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32 Bit
Mar 31, 2011 3:20AM PDT

I have Vista 32 bit.

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Apr 9, 2011 10:41AM PDT

I found the solution:

Using IE8, go to Tools, Manage addons and under "Show"(very light text) look in All addons and Run without Permission.

Is "Shockwave Flash Object" Installed and Enabled? What version? Not the Shockwave ActiveX Control, that is the ActiveX Control for Shockwave Player, which is different than Flash Player.

Using your other browser, look in plugins for the Shockwave Flash plugin. Is that Installed and Enabled?

The plugin was disabled. Changed to enable and Flash Player now works with IE9.

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Interesting, That's Not A Default Setting
Apr 9, 2011 11:27AM PDT

After installing Flash Player, it will automatically be "enabled" unless choices to disable it were made after installation.. Interesting.

Thanks for posting back.


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Flash Player Disabled?
Apr 10, 2011 1:07AM PDT

Back when I reinstalled my Windows Vista operating system I installed Internet Explorer first but not Adobe Flash Player. I installed Google Chrome which includes Adobe Flash Player a couple days later. I'm wondering if the Google Chrome installation disabled the Shockwave Flash plugin for IE. Google Chrome and IE use different versions of Adobe Flash Player. I will try replicating the conditions so if it will happen again.

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