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Updating Flash in Multiple Browsers

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by DoubleHelix, Jun 12, 2010.

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  1. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned Thread Starter

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    I'm sure I'm not the only TSG member with multiple web browsers installed, so I'm curious as to how others install Flash updates. I first tried to update Flash in Firefox, and the install failed. No details as to why. It just displayed "Error" in the Adobe Download Manager window. I restart Firefox and discovered Flash had been completely removed. Then I was able to install the latest version.

    Then I opened IE and tried to update Flash, and it simply will not update. I don't get an error. The download and install process completes, and then I get the message that Flash is successfully installed, but it's still the same old version.

    I had these same problems the last time I tried to update Flash. I ended up having to remove it through Programs and Features (Win 7), and then when I installed it in one or the other browser, both were updated. And I had the same problem on two different Windows 7 computers, so it's not just an issue with one install.

    How do others update Flash on multiple browsers?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    I have 12 browsers installed (and some virtualized by Altiris). They all have Flash.

    FF is one that can't be updated automatically. You need to download the installer and run it while FF is not running. The installer also detects all my other Mozilla-based browsers and installs to them automatically.

    There appear to be some changes in the way Flash is implemented recently. I've noticed that it now installs to a folder in Program Files rather than as an add-on (at least it looks that way). I suspect that this change is to address exactly this problem of getting it installed to all the browsers--if it is in one central location, then it doesn't need to be added to each browser separately.

    You might try closing all your browsers, uninstalling Flash, and then reinstalling. I always use the standalone desktop installers instead of the automated method on their web page and that seems to work more often and more consistently, even when errors show up with the automated method.
     
  3. hewee

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    See this page Adobe Flash Player v10.1.53.64

    You want to use the Direct downloads so you can install offline. This always works were doing the online install your setting from firewall etc can keep you from getting any where and then you post for help.:D
    Get Flash for...
    Flash Player for IE
    Flash Player for Non-IE browser (Opera, Firefox etc)

    Also run the Uninstaller of previous version
    Open "C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash" folder and you should see all the flash files there. Then see after the Uninstaller that they are gone. May leave text file and it seems to always leave the "Flash10h.ocx" (ActiveX Control) file so delete it because you want the newer one and that is "Flash10h.ocx" or the "10h"

    See screen shot of the flash folder. I have flash for IE and Non-IE browser (Opera, Firefox etc)

    They say to make sure that you uncheck any toolbar etc when installing the flash but I have never seen it to uncheck.

    Anyhow alway get the Direct downloads and it will install everytime when the online installs can be a pain.

    This is the "C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash" folder
     

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  4. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned Thread Starter

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    Where do you get the offline installer? I can't find it on Adobe's site.
     
  5. hewee

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    Security Update for Adobe Flash Player v10.1.53.64

    Download from http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer

    Direct downloads: are hereDoubleHelix. :D
    Flash Player for IE: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe
    Flash Player for Non-IE browser (Opera, Firefox etc): http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player.exe

    Verify
    installed version of Flash Player: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/
    Security Fixes or Security Bulletin is in http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa10-01.html
    Uninstaller of previous version in http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

    After installation, configure the settings of Flash Player (it's a new build of Flash Player Settings Manager - v3.2.3) in http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager02.html

    Note: The two downloads are not the same.
    IE is install_flash_player_ax.exe and the other is install_flash_player.exe so note the ax for ActiveX in the IE download.
     
  6. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned Thread Starter

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    I'd like to see the links to the download sites and not the EXEs.
     
  7. hewee

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    Now your making it hard on me because it's so hard to find the Direct download links page at there site.

    Seem all the Direct downloads are to the same place at the http://fpdownload.adobe.com but you can not get into the site.

    http://www.megaleecher.net/download-adobe-flash-player-10.1-update.htm
    http://www.codefear.com/software/download-adobe-flash-player-10-offline-installer

    http://www.filehippo.com/search?q=flash
    http://www.google.com/custom?domain...ORID:1&hl=en&sitesearch=www.softwarepatch.com

    So that is the best I can do because I don't know where they got the link from to know where to get the download.
    It used to be on a page like this one here http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/ but now you only get the online install link.
     
  8. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned Thread Starter

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    Elvandill says he uses the full downloads as well. I wonder what links he uses.
     
  9. hewee

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    Your have to find out but from looking around it seem to be the same.
    I understand you wanting a link to the page from Adobe that tells about it and then gives you to download like and I like that also.

    But the link is from one of there sites.
    http://whois.domaintools.com/adobe.com
     
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