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    Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    I've been trying to install Macromedial Flash Player which automatically installs. When I search for it, it's not there. Macromedia said when you see the text and animation, Flash is successfully installed. I searched for the player and it can't be found. I've done this three times, even going as far as installing the Flash Player Uninstaller. When it finished I received a notice that MFP had been successfully uninstalled.

    Went thru the whole process again with no success. I never heard of such a thing as long as i've used a computer and that's been since Windows 95.

    Can someone tell me why this is happening and how to correct the problem?

    I forgot to say that I re-booted after every installation.
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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    I assume you are talking about Macromedia Flash Player for Internet Explorer. If that's the case...

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click Tools -> Internet Options.
    3. Click Settings
    4. Click View Objects.

    You should see Flash Player on this list of plugins for Internet Explorer. I typed this out completely from memory as I'm not in front of an XP machine at the moment and WIndows ME has different steps to take.

    Let me know if that helps!

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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Lestat your directions were perfect. Only one thing was wrong, when I selected View Objects, Downloaded Programs opened and was totally blank.
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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Hi, Duch ~

    I highly recommend installing the stand-alone version of Flash so as to get the additional projector feature and to prevent erasing the plug-ins from your Downloaded Programs folder.

    You may download the latest Flash Stand Alone Player version 6.0 r79 here.

    <small>(Note: Although no license is required for distribution of stand-alone players, I am licensed to distribute Macromedia software via media, web and company intranet)</small>

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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Thank you Bruce - I guess I should use the Uninstaller first (just in case it's there, but I just can't find it). I await your reply before I get the stand alone version.
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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Hi, Duch ~

    It shouldn't make any difference as it is stand alone, however, for peace of mind please click for immediate download of the uninstaller here and run it before installing the stand-alone. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Used the Uninstaller, downloaded the Stand Alone Flash Player.zip file. Left clicked and choose Extract, SAFlash Player 6r79.exe appeared. When I double clicked on the .exe file, a blank window opened and the folder created is empty.

    Am I supposed to see something else or does the Flash Player just install with nothing further to see until you use it?

    I knew what I was doing when I used Windows 98 SE, with this new Windows XP I'm as lost as a baby in a shopping mall all alone. Thank you for your patience.
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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    Hi, Duch ~

    <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> No, this is a complete stand-alone player, you you will need to extract it to your Program Files (for many folks it is 'C:Program Files').

    After you do that, you can associate all Flash files (.swf) with the stand-alone player by:<UL><LI>'My Documents' > 'Tools' > 'Folder Options...' > 'File Types' tab<LI>Under 'Registered file types:', scroll down to 'SWF SWF File'<LI>Click 'Change' button<LI>Click 'Browse' button<LI>Navigate to 'C:Program FilesSAFlashPlayer6r79.exe' > 'OK'<LI>Click 'Apply' > 'Close'[/list]

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    Re: Desktop not showing .exe files. (Win XP Home SP1)

    I'm sorry that it took this long to get back to you, but XP and I've been fighting and we've only been married about 2 weeks.

    I've done the first part of your instructions, and will associate Flash Player files a little later. I've still got a couple of rounds to go with XP.

    I thank you for the clear how to.
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