I believe I have figured out the solution. Go to this
Link"and click on "download the windows uninstaller."
Follow the prompts and completely uninstall the player and
Active X. Once this is done go to
Flash Player 9 and it will install the complete version instead
of the updates which have been problematic.
The only other step I think you might try is to first
remove/uninstall Flash through the "add/remove hardware" section in
the control panel. Then once you have done that then follow my
directions. Thats the only thing that I can think of that I did
because I do not have the problem at all anymore.
I found another remedy elsewhere..forgive me, but I don't
know where I read it...
The person was saying that he had to uninstall QuickTime
Player for some reason. Uninstall Flash Player(s), use the
'uninstaller' , then reinstall. He hadn't retried the Flash Player
with QuickTime reinstalled.
Had the same problem here - "Error - Can not find the
Macromedia Flash". I was using LCARS System47 screensaver from
mewho.com. It's an excellent and stable screensaver, and the best
free one I've found with dual-monitor support. Adobe auto-updated
Flash after I'd installed the screensaver, and that's when I
started getting the error. So I thought maybe System47 was using
Flash. I went back to mewho.com, got the latest install, installed
over the existing, and my problem is solved. My kudos to Adobe and
mewho.com for staying on top of things. (Adobe may not have replied
to questions in this forum, but how could they know? It would be
impossible for them to test every one of the possibly millions of
real-world scenarios. But their products are always top-notch and
well-supported.) Hope this helps.
I also have started receiving the same "error can not find
the macromedia flash" right after installing the Flash Player
UPDATE which was requested by RealPlayer. After reading your post
it appeared to me, and another here, that you must work for Adobe.
If Adobe is going to offer for download spftware, then they should
help when it is obvious that there is a real problem with their
Flash UPDATE! For this issue to occur so mant times it can only be
a flaw in the software, of course suckers could always PAY Adobe
for support to fix THEIR flawed software. I had problems with Adobe
long ago with their tech support NOT responding on problems with
their PURCHASED software. Suckers Born Everyday....
I had this exact problem and worked out it was my screensaver
(installed about 1 year before). I've changed the screensaver to a
standard Windows one and the problem has gone. Not tried using a
recent screensaver that requires flash yet, just happy that the
problem has gone away.
It is really down to Adobe to support this type of problem
because the problem is entirely their own fault because their
latest player isn't backwards compatible and trying to uninstall
etc doesn't fix the issue. If people haven't had replies to their
posts from Adobe, this is very poor customer support.
If the message is "cannot find flash.ocx" then you MUST
change your screensaver. Older Windows screensaver applications
were hardcoded to look for the flash player activeX control by
name. When the name of the control changed in Flash Player 9 they
were no longer able to operate.
Most of the companies that make Flash based screensavers have
updated their software to account for this in new products. But old
screensavers are still hardcoded this way.
11/13/07 Update: We now have a technote for this issue:
"Screen Savers that rely on older versions of Adobe Flash
Player may not work" (
I searched on my computer for any flas*.ocx or flas*.dll and
found out that the flash9d.ocx was at
Depending on your system it could be located at
c:\winnt\system32\Macromed\Flash. To make sure which is your system
directory open a command prompt and write set then hit the enter
key in order to issue the set command. There you will notice the
environment variable windir=c:\winnt or c:\windows or you can also
see the systemroot environment variable pointing to the windows
Now that you know the name of your windows directory proceed
to copy the flash9d.ocx or flash8d.ocx(depending on which you have)
located at %windir%\system32\Macromedia\Flash to the
re: "Can not find the Macromedia Flash" error.
Thank You toddshmack for figuring this one out!!!
Same problem...Same solution.
Loaded the Spore Game (September 2008)
Got "Can not find the Macromedia Flash" error.
I also have the System47 screen saver from mewho.com. I think
it is excellent too!
I reinstalled the screensaver, still can't believe Todd
thought of this, and everything is fine.
I just had the same problem with installing update for Adobe
Flash Player 10 Active X and now I get that "Could not find
Macromedia Flash" error message. I tried switching between my
screensavers which I have from the Nature Conservancy and when I
click on the preview button to preview the screensaver, that
message appears. That message does not appear when I preview the
simple Windows XP screensavers. Now that I have figured out the
solution to that problem, does this mean I destined to use only the
simple windows screensaver and I'll never be able to have my
wonderful Nature Screensavers again???????? I have about 20
different nature screensavers and I won't be able to use any of
Talk about making me angry!!!!!
Does anyone have any ideas where I might get new Nature
Screensavers that does not use Macromedia Flash? You realize this
is all because Adobe bought Macromedia and did away with their
programming don't you? This leaves all of us that own great
screensavers with unusable screensavers! Not Fair!
If anyone has any ideas where I might get new Nature
Screensavers could you please let me know?
Thanks for all your help! At least I won't have that stupid
error message haunting me anymore now that I have my favorite
screensavers turned off. boo hoo....
Actually, I solved my own problem. I just
reinstalled all my (they were enature.com screensavers) again and
viola! they work fine now. Yeah! Just thought I would pass that on
in case anyone had the same situation.