Update your Adobe Flash Player Manually in Windows

Flash player is software that allows you to view multimedia rich internet applications and streaming video and audio, on a computer web browser or on supported mobile devices. It is available as a plug-in for almost all browsers. It provides a cross-platform runtime environment for desktop applications and mobile applications.

You all know it very well that the Flash player is integrated with an auto-updater for automatic updates of the software. When you check out the scheduled tasks on your system, you will get to know that this auto updater is scheduled to run once in a day. But this auto-update feature only works if the application was configured during the installation.

Anyhow if you have configured the software to not to update automatically and if you get to know that a new update for the software is available then what will you do? It is likely that you will visit the developer website and will install the recent version from there.

You can alternatively use the internal updater to update Flash right away. So to use the manual process, ensure any of your browsers is not running and be sure that you are not performing this manual update for Google Chrome or Internet Explorer 10, if the native Flash application is used instead of an external plug-in.

The commands that you then need to run are the following (first for Internet Explorer, then for other web browsers). So just visit the location as in the snapshot below, and run the commands as specified below accordingly.

C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil<version number>ActiveX.exe -update plugin

• C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil<version number>Plugin.exe -update plugin

Please note that the FlashUtil<version number>Plugin.exe and FlashUtil<version number>ActiveX.exe are the actual file names from the location as shown in the screen below.

In this way you can force the Flash player to update on your local computer. This force update also has several advantages. The first is that you do not need two installers to update both the Active-X version and the general browser version of Flash. Secondly anyhow if the Adobe website is unavailable, then also you can get it updated.

Leave a Reply