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    Flash Player

    On my hard drive I have files for Macromedia Flash Player, which is now Adobe Flash Player. I need advice about removing the Macromedia ones. There are quite a few and I don't think I should have both installed on the same computer.

    Am I right or wrong?
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    Re: Flash Player

    How do you decide which files are for Macromedia Flash? Even the most recent version of Adobe Flash is installed in C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32MacromedFlash.

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    Re: Flash Player

    If you search the Lounge you will find references to Adobe Flash Uninstaller, it is capable to uninstall all Flash Player plugins and ActiveX controls currently installed. You have asked about this before, recently <post:=744,369>post 744,369</post:>.


    Download it (and if you don't have the install files for the latest Flash Player plugins and ActtiveX controls you use, download them as well). Run it. Reinstall the Flash Players.

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    Re: Flash Player

    Duchess843,
    Hello, If i can recall ive never had any luck using "adobe's uninstallers" .Seems there is always something "left over" (when you recheck the install path). I use "Revo Uninstaller" http://www.revouninstaller.com/unins...help_page.html and not only does it remove all of the program , but it give's you a "wack" at cleaning up the "left over" registry entries as well. Its free also! If you "right click" the entry you can view the registry path as well. Revo has a "junk file cleaner " along with all the other stuff too! Hope this is of some help as i view Revo as one of my favorite tools in My bag of tricks! Regards PlainFred.
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    Re: Flash Player

    I've also found a heck of good uninstaller named Your Uninstaller!2008 Pro. It also removes left overs from the registry plus it lists the registry file paths seperately before you remove them. I've used it for over a year and to me it's the best at what it does.

    I don't really want to remove Adobe files, just the ones that say Macromedia and those aren't listed in my uninstaller nor Add/Remove. I'd have to remove them manually, one by one. I just need to know if it will hurt anything if I remove them.
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    Re: Flash Player

    Argus, I have the uninstaller for Adobe Flash Player, but I don't want to remove the ones by Adobe just the ones with the name Macromedia, the former name for the player. I thought I had explained that clearly in my original post.
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    Re: Flash Player

    I just checked it out and you know what? You are perfectly correct (not that I doubted it, you understand).

    But, answer me this. What was the point of calling the program Adobe and still use the macromed name? Oh well, don't bother to answer, some ways of computing I will never fully understand. I'll forget about removing the files in question.
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    Re: Flash Player

    Duchess843,
    Hello again. Sorry to be disagreeable but! tried to "test drive" "Your uninstaller! 2008 Pro" Downloaded it from "CNet" it is only a 21 day trial (and they dont make that obvious ) it then froze my PC Sorry its a LOOSER! (ps used REVO To "excise" it ) and Reg SupremePro to get it all out! Regards Plain Fred
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    Re: Flash Player

    I suppose Adobe kept the old folder name for reasons of compatibility. Some older applications that use Flash might expect to find the files they need in the macromed folder; so if that was changed to adobe, those applications wouldn't run any more.

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    Re: Flash Player

    You know what Gloria, I saw that, and I know the ins and outs of this software, but what I described was the easiest way to achieve what you wanted, if there indeed were any Macromedia files left, see below.

    As described by me here <post:=741,517>post 741,517</post:> and as anyone with a Windows XP installation and who hasn't run the uninstaller knows, there is a Microsoft distributed version of Macromedia Flash Player installed with every version of Windows XP and used by IE, it is most probably mentioned elsewhere in the Lounge as well.

    The change from Macromedia to Adobe is old news, and also a seamless change.

    The version still maintained by Microsoft has a lower version number since it supports fewer features. As far as I know it is still supported and secure.

    However, the recommendation from many, including our Woody I think, is to use the “latest and greatest” from Adobe (if one want Flash Player in the browser).

    The question from Hans, that I saw before I left the Lounge, is good since it may be a mistake to assume that just because it is in a folder named Macromedia it is a Macromedia version; Adobe uses the same folder.

    But as I said, all XP versions are distributed with a MSFT maintained version called Macromedia Flash Player, though it comes from Adobe now, this version used by Internet Explorer may still be there, if not recent versions of the Adobe Flash Player installer removes it at install time. I can't check this anymore since I have earlier run the uninstaller, removing all prior to install.

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    Re: Flash Player

    I think it may be something else installed on your computer that made the program act up, I've never had a moments trouble with mine. Sorry it didn't work out, but many posters here use it with no trouble.
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    Re: Flash Player

    That very well could be the reason, it makes sense. Well, Adobe, Macromed or what ever it's called, just as long as it works, that's all that counts.

    Thanks for posting back,

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    Re: Flash Player

    Am I to understand that it's safe to have both installed as long as the latest version of Adobe Flash Player satisfies most of the websites that use it? I'll answer my own question by saying 'Yes.'

    You know what brought this whole topic on was I was trying to play online music sent to me by a friend from theradio.com. It's supposed to play all kinds of music in the background while you work. It kept telling me I needed Abobe Flash Player, I knew it was installed but started searching to be sure. Well, it is installed and if that website can't find it, so be it.
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    Re: Flash Player

    <hr>Am I to understand that it's safe to have both installed as long as the latest version of Adobe Flash Player satisfies most of the websites that use it? I'll answer my own question by saying 'Yes.'<hr>
    Safety, in the sense of security, is a different question. The Secunia tool referenced in numerous other threads can tell you if old Flash executables on your PC are subject to known security exploits.

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    Re: Flash Player

    I run Secunia at least once a month, the last time was a week ago. The older flash has never been mentioned so I think its ok to keep it.
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