Does it mean both 64-bit and 32-bit are covered by the same installation?
You are right; the link I provided does not make that clear.
I have tried to look up from where I originally obtained that information (that the 32-bit & 64-bit installers have been combined), but I cannot find it,
- not in the announcement http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1019911
- not in the release notes http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/enduser-release-notes-11_3.html
- not in the security bulletin http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-14.html
- not in the admin guide http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html
The only thing that implies that change is that previously (FP 11.2) there were 4 installers for Windows
Now there are only two
and they will install both 32-bit and 64-bit Flash Players on 64-bit systems.
Note that also the distribution download page has changed to reflect only two Windows installers: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
Thank you, Pat. Your last post is the most convincing. How/Where can we give the publisher feedback about the lack of information on combining the two installers? Leaving users in the dark, guessing what is going on is not a friendly conduct.
I agree, this should be specified in the documentation. I suspected the two were combined and had to manually confirm by installing it on a x64 OS and x32 OS. Hopefully an Adobe employee will see this and make note to have this included in the future documenation.
Another fpupdate wrote:
so does it mean that if one has a 32 bit system that the 64 bit version installs also?
No if your system is 32-bit, then only the 32-bit version of flash will be installed\updated.
Installer behavior (this is what I found in my testing):
32-bit OS - Install or update 32-bit Flash Player
64-bit OS - Install or update 32-bit and 64bit Flash Player (both versions are installed regardless of what version exists prior to installation)
Just to confirm, officially from Adobe, we now have unified installers for Windows Flash Player for Internet Explorer and Plugin based browsers. When you download, you'll get both the 32 and 64bit binaries in a single installer. If installing on a 32bit system, only the 32bit player will be installed. When installing on a 64bit system, both 32 and 64bit binaries will be installed.
I too am surprised we didn't publicize this further. I think it's a welcome change. I'd like to see us just have a single installer regardless of the browser some day in the future.
Yes, just a single uninstaller for both 32 and 64bit windows.
Also noted on our help page:
Chris Campbell wrote:
I'd like to see us just have a single installer regardless of the browser some day in the future.
Anybody agreeing with this statement, please go to https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=bug&id=2945082 and vote for it!
Chris, Thank you for your official note and the communication. I hope the responsible party realized the necesity for proper documentation listing new features and changes in each new release, and will make the efforts to provide such documentation on future download webpages. Two lines could have prevented all the confusion and the time spent on finding answers on this forum.