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Can you watch Youtube videos with Windows 7 64 bit?

by TorontoBron / June 17, 2012 2:19 AM PDT

Hi - I am shopping for a new laptop. I am currently running Windows XP with 32 bit, and we have another machine running Vista with 64 bit - and we can't watch Youtube videos on it because apparently it requires an updated Adobe Flash thing that hasn't come along yet. I am looking at Windows 7 for my new machine, and wondered if people were able to use the 64 bit technology to watch Youtube videos.

Thanks for any info!

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Works just fine
by Jimmy Greystone / June 17, 2012 2:40 AM PDT

Works just fine, and you only need a 64-bit Flash if you're using a 64-bit browser. You really think Adobe would have let one of its crown jewel programs, namely Flash, go this long without support on Windows Vista or Windows 7? I know these days large companies are kind of known for doing incredibly stupid things, but that would certainly take the cake.

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by TorontoBron / June 17, 2012 4:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Works just fine

soooooo.. I take it the problem we have with Youtube on our machine running Vista lies elsewhere??

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Why yes I can.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2012 2:50 AM PDT

But I don't use Internet Explorer but ---> OTHER BROWSERS.

Why are you limiting yourself like this?

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I do use IE
by TorontoBron / June 17, 2012 10:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Why yes I can.

I'm not sure if this response was directed at me.. I never said anything about what browser I use in my original post. I do use IE.

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Why I noted it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2012 12:03 PM PDT
In reply to: I do use IE

This complaint is often from folk that use IE exclusively.

Again, why are you limiting yourself like this?

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re IE
by TorontoBron / June 17, 2012 10:25 PM PDT
In reply to: Why I noted it.

Oh, I see. Good question... I used to use Netscape Navigator and much preferred it to IE.. but just got used to IE over the years.

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Try this
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 17, 2012 9:45 PM PDT
In reply to: I do use IE

On the Vista 64 bit computer that cannot view videos online, you have two options;

1] On YouTube where the video should be playing, right click the video area and select "Settings". Remove the option to "Enable hardware acceleration".

See if that works. If not,

2] Uninstall Flash using Adobe's dedicated Flash uninstaller, reboot the computer, then revisit Adobe to reinstall Flash. Their uninstall from here;

Be sure to reboot, (restart) the computer after the u8ninstall and before reinstalling, as this updates Windows.

Hope that helps.


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The problem is flash at one time
by orlbuckeye / June 18, 2012 5:57 AM PDT

was Adobe Flash wasn't 64 bit. On my machine I have IE 32 bit and IE 64 bit and when I had issues with flash in 64 bit i just switched to IE 32 bit and it ran fine. 32 bit software will run in a 64 bit OS but 64 bit software won't run on a 32 bit OS.

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by TorontoBron / June 18, 2012 10:01 AM PDT

And that worked!! Thank you!

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