What is your Windows version & edition?
Try downloading the full installer(s) from http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html#Ins tall_in_a_firewall_proxy_server_environment
Note that the 64-bit installers are only for Windows 7 64-bit.
'Failed to initialize' errors are usually caused by your antivirus. Most modern AV apps incorporate a variety of scanners which spring into life as soon as the user attempts to install or uninstall a program. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing where it concerns apps of unknown origin, you should always disable the AV scanner when installing legitimate programs such as Flash player.
If you use AVAST antivirus, right click the orange icon on systray, go to "AVAST Shields Control" and choose to disable all shields for one hour. If you use a different AV, consult this list for instructions on how to disable it: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic114351.html
Ok, apparently I have "real player" installed but not "flash player". Webistes like Youtube have always worked for me. A website like ABC or MSN with videos embedded in the actually webpage do not play. For some websites, there is just a blank spot where a video is supposed to be.
Still don't know what the problem is.
Download the current 32 bit uninstaller
Close all browser windows and run the uninstaller
Delete all remaining files and folders located in the following directories. (tip: copy and paste these paths into the path bar in a Windows Explorer window)
- %appdata%\Macromedia\Flash Player
- %appdata%\Adobe\Flash Player
Verify that the file “FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl” in C:\Windows\System32\ has been deleted.
Download the following installer files:
Physically disconnect from the Internet and run the installers.