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Macromedia Flash Player Troubleshooting

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Macromedia Flash Player and wondering how to fix it?”
    - Chad H., United Kingdom

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Overview of Macromedia Flash Player

The Internet is now a common tool that everyone across the globe is using to perform various functions. Over time, the Internet has developed into a highly interactive web platform that allows high resolution graphics, live streaming of video as well as audio and offers a great platform of playing games as well as offer other 3D animation graphics.

To enable such online experiences, Macromedia Flash, a browser plug-in from Adobe Systems, provides a highly interactive web multimedia platform to offer rich web content and facilitate cutting-edge web applications.

Macromedia Flash Player is also called Adobe Flash Player; this is the software that allows multimedia applications to run on the Internet. It is important to note that Macromedia Flash Player software can run on several operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Macintosh, Solaris and many others. A good number of web browsers also allow compatibility with Macromedia Flash Player.

It is also important to note that Macromedia Flash Player can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet, with regular updates available quite frequently.

What Problems are Associated with Macromedia Flash Player?

Although Macromedia Flash Player is a great product that can be able to work on many platforms, it is also important to note that there are several compatibility issues that PC users have encountered on a number of occasions.

Macromedia Flash Player has undergone several changes and enhancements and as a result many PC users need to carry out regular updates to ensure that they have the most recent version of the software installed.

There are errors that are associated with Macromedia Flash Player, some of them include " version you are trying to install is not the most current version" and "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and must be shut down".

Compatibility issues cause most of these errors. It is highly probable that a PC user may be using a program version that is out of date. In such cases, a user needs to download the most current version of the program from the Internet.

Most errors related to Macromedia Flash Player can cause system instability, as the computer may tend to hang and respond slowly to various commands.

JavaScript errors can also be responsible for Macromedia Flash Player malfunctions, this occurs when JavaScript is either turned off, or an old (outdated) version of it is installed.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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