Cannot location of Flash Player

March 12, 2011 at 17:49:13
Specs: Windows 7
flash player works in google chrome but not ie9. adobe recommends to uninstall/reinstall flash player. but flash player is not in the control panel add/remove programs. doing a search yields no results. where would the file(s) be? why isn't it shown as a program in the the control panel? it must still be on the computer if google chrome can still show youtube videos. signed dazed and confused

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#1
March 12, 2011 at 19:19:17
Google chrome may be more like Firefox and treats flash player as an add-on to the browser rather than as an installed program that is integrated with your browser like with Internet Explorer. If it is, then just download it while in Internet Explorer to get the right version and install it. You can look in your add-ons options in chrome and you will probably see it there, but you will need a different version for each browser type you use.

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#2
March 13, 2011 at 13:50:09
Thanks for your comments. I was not accurate in my post. You are correct in that Flash is embedded in google chrome and does not uninstall when using adobes uninstall flash program. I didn't realize that when I posted my problem. So that is why I can't find the adobe flash file after removing it (beause it's not there!).
So the problem I have is that with ie8 or ie9 I cannot watch videos at youtube (or any other websites). I have seen various solutions on the web to uninstall/install the latest flash program. I have done that several times with no luck (the flash program is in the the correct location when I install it ( C:\WINDOWS\systemWoW64\Macromed folder). I have seen various solutions to disable Mcafee, check firewall settings etc. I have tried some of these things also with no luck. I personally don't believe McAfee or the firewall settings is the problem since flash works in google chrome. I have also ensured that I am using the 32 bit internet explorer.
I think this all could be a registry problem. I have ran the Malware Anti-Malware program.
The thing I really don't understand is that in the Internet Explorer manage add- ons section, the flash program isn't there at all (so that I could enable it!). Like I said the flash program is in the C:\WINDOWS\systemWoW64\Macromed folder. Why wouldn't it be in the Manage add-ons section?



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#3
March 13, 2011 at 15:39:32
Internet Explorer does not use it as an add-on the same way that Chrome and Firefox does, it is an associated program that is installed on your system. If the Flash is in the '64' folder, then it is a version for the 64bit version of internet explorer and the 64bit version is known to have problems with many websites, especially those having inbedded video. Definitely use the 32bit version of internet explorer and download the flash player and install it while in the 32bit version of Internet Explorer 8 (I have not tried IE9 yet) and see if that helps. Also try Firefox and get flash player for that through add-ons and see how that works for you. Maybe SP1 will help, many have upgraded, many are waiting a few weeks first (I installed on 2 computers without problems but had a failed install on a third (older install of W7) but no adverse problems, even on that one)

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#4
March 14, 2011 at 19:00:22
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I am using the 32 bit Internet explorer. I made sure of that when I was troubleshooting my problem before I did my first post (after reading about it on the internet at various places). Windows 7 is my 64 bit operating system. So that is why the flash program resides in the '64' folder. Or am I wrong? I have read up on this and that is the way I understand it.
I previously tried IE8 and had the same problem. So I upgraded to IE9 to see if the problem went away. I do have a browser that works with flash (google chrome) so it's not the end of the world. I just would like to fix this problem if I can (for the wife who prefers Internet Explorer because it has the drop-down list for web addresses).
I still am of the mind that this is a registry problem. I have ran Malware Anti-Malware and maybe will try an other soon. Anyway, thanks again. Looking forward to your possible reply.

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