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Installing Flash Player on Windows 2000

May 27, 2012 3:36 PM

Tags: #installing #flash_player_11 #win2k #w2k #windows_2000

Thanks to numerous past discussions, methods have been found for installing Flash Player 11.2.202.235 on Windows 2000. See this thread, which explains how to use HxD Hex Editor to make a simple change that will allow installation on Windows 2000:

 

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4428785

 

The original post goes into fine detail with illustrations. Here's a quick redux:

 

- Download the latest Adobe Flash Player (IE or non-IE) for Windows 32-bit systems.

 

- Download HxD Hex Editor hereabouts (VirusTotal rates it clean):

 

http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/

 

- Unzip and install HxD.

 

- Launch HxD and open the Adobe Flash Player Installer, something like:

 

install_flash_player_32bit.exe

 

- Hit F3 for HxD's search function, and search for SetDllDirectoryW

 

- On the right-hand side of the HxD display, change SetDllDirectoryW to GetModuleHandleW

 

- SaveAs install_flash_player_32bit_Win2k.exe or similar.

 

- Quit HxD and run the modified Flash Player Installer. It should install fine on Win2k.

 

This worked for me using Flash Player Installer 11.2.202.235, both IE and non-IE versions.

 

This is a hack and is not officially supported by Adobe.

 
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  • Chris Campbell
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    May 29, 2012 4:32 PM   in reply to OC92135

    Thank you for summarizing.

     
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    May 30, 2012 7:39 AM   in reply to OC92135

    As the original topic starter in the related thead, I wanted to thank the following people:

     

    OC92135 for his summary above!

     

    Chris Campbell, who forwarded the request to the installer team.  Even though they declined to make the change, Chris' efforts were professional and thoughtful and the type of response all of us greatly appreciate.

     

    Oldperl & Pat Willener, for the wrapper workaround posts.

     

    Mrs. Clift & AcroNot, for keeping the prior thread active and a special extra thanks to AcroNot for his detailed explanation (with screenshots) of the best and easiest fix for this issue.

     

    Finally, MAD PROPS to NOTBEBE, who discovered the most elegant, simple, and best solution for Win2K users.  For me, it worked flawlessly.

     

    Thank you again,

    Mark Miller

     
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    Jun 14, 2012 2:45 PM   in reply to OC92135

    I found a possible issue with this Win2K fix. I used it on the latest 11.2 release (it sounds like the 11.3 has more issues.) Flash itself works fine, but this morning, I got an error that FlashUtil(blahblah) had that SetDLLDirectoryW error. Looking in the event viewer, I found the file name. It's in \winnt\system32\macromed\flash. There may be 2 versions if you have the IE and other versions installed. I guess it's part of the updater and was trying to run, even through I told the installer I do not want automatic checking. Presumably it runs, see's it's not supposed to run, then ends?

     

    Anyways, I did the same hexedit fix. I'll see if that fixes the issue, or I'll have to roll back to the last 11.x that worked properly as-is.

     

    I did look through the obivous RUN entries in the registry, but don't see where it's set to run. Since it was working fine for the past week or two, it's running off of some scheduler or I wold have had the issue on the next reboot.

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 2:57 PM   in reply to OC92135

    Actually what happens is that the auto-upate itself has the same issue as the Flash installer. I haven't found where to disable it yet. Every other Friday, it keeps asking to update.

     
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:59 PM   in reply to andyross63

    I suggest that you disable the auto-updater; not in the registry, but in the Task Scheduler.

     
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    Jul 20, 2012 3:07 PM   in reply to Pat Willener

    There's nothing in my Task Scheduler.

     
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    Jul 20, 2012 7:57 PM   in reply to andyross63

    Really - then how does it get to run?

     

    Another way would be to disable the service.

     
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    Jul 20, 2012 8:00 PM   in reply to andyross63

    Ah - what is your Flash Player version?  If it is a version before 11.2, you should disable it from http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/se ttings_manager05.html

     
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    Jul 23, 2012 2:45 PM   in reply to Pat Willener

    I tried that and unchecked the option. I'll see if it works, but it probably won't trigger until next Friday. I am using 11.2.something.

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 9:23 PM   in reply to OC92135

    If you are having trouble, you can always revert back to 10.3.183.11

    which installs correctly on Windows 2000 even though that version

    has security risks.  The 10.1.102.64 listed version is giving an installer error

    now that says, "This is an outdated version of Flash, and we are directing

    you back to the Adobe website and will not install the version we are

    recommending for Windows 2000 and there is nothing to find for Windows

    2000 when you go to that webpage."  So I just installed 10.3.183.11 and

    it worked fine with no installer error messages.

     

    bblackh1

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 10:53 PM   in reply to bblackh1

    The latest patched version of 10.3 is 10.3.183.20; you can download the installer from http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

     
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    Jul 24, 2012 11:18 PM   in reply to Pat Willener

    Problem is that the installer fails on any version newer than 10.3.183.11

    when you try to install on Windows 2000.  Not sure why.

     

    bblackh1

     
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    Jul 25, 2012 2:27 AM   in reply to bblackh1

    How does it fail?

     
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    Sep 6, 2012 10:56 AM   in reply to OC92135

    ADDED HOURS LATER = The Uninstaller will not finction.. Suggestions? I treid a regedt for the two items...and nothing.. Does one have to use the hex on the uninstaller maybe? Heck, I'll give that a try.

     

    NOPE

     

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    Greetings all and I hope "someone" can help..

     

    Also? to Mark Miller.. 

     

    re:

    Finally, MAD PROPS to NOTBEBE, who discovered the most elegant, simple, and best solution for Win2K users.  For me, it worked flawlessly.

     

    Where is this one please?

     

    re:

     

    First thanks to > OC92135 for the hack..

     

    I was on 10.x version of Flash...and all worked fine

     

    BUT? I have Win2kServer and it installed  Using Firefox 12.0 <the last one that works etc> But now FF us freezing when Adobe

     

    Did the 11.x.x235 one, but?

     

    Uninstaller from CCleaner says Set DLL Directy W etc...can't be found..  Did regedit search as thought I would have to change it back.. 

     

    So, what I want to do first is to Uninstall FF 12 but I can't even download it from www.oldapps.com now w/out freezin..

     

    How may I get the danged FLASH out of my system? <smile>

     

      Thanks in advance,

     

    Jim

     
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    Sep 6, 2012 2:37 PM   in reply to MaxedSEO

    MaxedSEO,

     

    You should be able to disable the offending flash version

    in the Tools->Add Ons->Plugins of Firefox.  Then you can

    uninstall and reinstall flash without problems. 

     

    bblackh1

     
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:25 AM   in reply to bblackh1

    I installing the Adobe Flash plugin ONLY by my own hand. Sadly, Adobe did not come up with zip archive with just the plugin dll file, but I install - copy the DLL - and uninstall. Then manually delete the remaining files and just use the DLL or the installer.

    To make the installe work at Win2k, the very same hack is need - hack the Flash Util file the same way, as the dll - change in it the SetDllDirectoryW to GetModuleHandleW and that it is!

     

    If someone want, there is Flash Util and Adobe Flash as DLL files, hacked with W2k:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/3122942562/Flash%20Players%20for%20W2k.zip

    http://depositfiles.org/files/max4wif3c

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/z2t9j2

     

    Archive contain Adobe Flash unpacked (ready to copy into Firefox) with their utility files hacked for W2k in these versions: Flash Player 9.0.124.0, Flash Player 10.0.32.18, Flash Player 10.1.85.3, Flash Player 10.1.102.64, Flash Player 10.2.159.1, Flash Player 10.3.183.29, Flash Player 11.2.202.235, Flash Player 11.3.300.273, Flash Player 11.4.402.287

     

    Interesting thing. Fullscreen video won't work on YouTube (only white screen, sound go ok) with Firefox v3.0.14 and Adobe Flash higher version that 10.0.32.18... Strange, strange 

    (could be that the Firefox is kinda old, but it is weird that v10.0.32.18 works flawlessly and just v10.1.85.3 not at all in fullscreen... I also use relatively old Forceware drivers v45.28 on crap GF2MX400 card :-) )

     
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