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    New guy to the Lounge, my question is, is it necessary to install Adobe Flash if I have Microsoft Silverlight, please enlighten me

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    They are two different beasts. Flash will not run apps written for Silverlight and visa versa. Flash is the predominant player for most sites, but some sites are starting to use Silverlight. So in answer to your question, YES - you do need both (Flash more so than Silverlight).
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    Adobe Flash has most of the internet's flash player media content, for some, myself not included, it's hard to live without it.
    If your browser is 64 bit, you will not be able to install and use Adobe flash just yet. Silverlight as of yet is not up to par on a 64 bit browser either.
    As for installing it in the 32 bit browser, well that's up to you. If you view alot of video content in your browser, chances are you will need flash. Google map's street view is one such example of the need for Adobe Flash.

    If you do install and use Adobe Flash, uninstall & remove the prior version before getting the newer. Secunia is goot at pointing this out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    Adobe Flash has most of the internet's flash player media content, for some, myself not included, it's hard to live without it.
    If your browser is 64 bit, you will not be able to install and use Adobe flash just yet. Silverlight as of yet is not up to par on a 64 bit browser either.
    As for installing it in the 32 bit browser, well that's up to you. If you view alot of video content in your browser, chances are you will need flash. Google map's street view is one such example of the need for Adobe Flash.

    If you do install and use Adobe Flash, uninstall & remove the prior version before getting the newer. Secunia is goot at pointing this out.
    I did read recently that a 64 Bit flash is almost ready. Adobe has released a 64 Bit Beta for Linux, wait, I just read here that they killed it shortly after releasing it. I wish Adobe would get their act together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint Rossmere View Post
    If you do install and use Adobe Flash, uninstall & remove the prior version before getting the newer. Secunia is goot at pointing this out.
    == I just had an update notice from Adobe Flash, and went ahead with the installation. Was I supposed to uninstall the older version.\? Or does this not apply to updates?

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    Generally Adobe does not require an uninstall of an old version, but I have always thought that I prefer to uninstall old versions of Adobe, Java, and the like before installing the new version. I do this with Revo Uninstaller, CCleaner and many others. I just feel more comfortable not relying on the apps uninstallers doing a good job when I've seen some of the really bad jobs they have done in the past.
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    If I recall properly, Adobe themselves recommend uninstalling Flash before installing a new version, and they have a special uninstaller program on their website to do the job. It's a 226KB download. Web page is http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

    What browser are you using? If it's Firefox then the NoScript add-on is almost a must-have accessory to control the use of Flash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobthebear View Post
    == I just had an update notice from Adobe Flash, and went ahead with the installation. Was I supposed to uninstall the older version.\? Or does this not apply to updates?
    bobthebear,
    Hello, on my OS i always un-install all of "Adobe Stuff" before installing the new. On "Windows 7 \ 64 you find them hiding in Computer>Windows 7 \ 64(C> Windows>SysWOW64> Macromed> Flash . The delete all of them one at a time (stuff inside Flash) . I have had "leftovers" from really old Active X stuff even after running their un-installer. On older systems you will find " them hiding" in "System 32" > Macromed> etc. Regards Fred
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    You also need to update flash separately for IE and alternate browsers.

    Direct download for IE: http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flas..._player_ax.exe
    Direct Download for non-IE (Opera, Firefox etc): http://fpdownload.adobe.com/get/flas...ash_player.exe

    After install, verify Flash Player version for each browser installed at About Flash Player page.

    The next step, if you haven't done it before, is to lock down Flash. Here's a good tutorial: How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security.


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    First, you do need Adobe Flash Player. Some web content will not open or play without that player. Alternatives like VLC Player will not play embedded Flash content, and cannot play streaming videos which use modified Flash Players (such as Hulu.com). Silverlight, as stated above, is an entirely different plug-in, made for different content.

    Second, the current Flash Player upgrade is different from previous versions, in that it includes a hardware acceleration linkage. This time, more than previous times, you will want to uninstall all previous versions before installing the current version.

    Check with Secunia PSI to make sure you have gotten rid of ALL previous versions. Flash can be installed in non-standard locations on a computer.
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