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Flash Player is a browser add-on (ActiveX Control for Internet Explorer, plugin for other browsers), not a standalone program.
There is a standalone Flash Player (Projector; download it from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html), but it can only play SWF files. For FLV files you will need a different player, like VLC Media Player. (There used to be an Adobe Media Player, but it is no longer available for download.)
Pat, thank you for your very prompt response.
Regarding my FLF files I will try the VLC Media Player as you suggested, thank you.
Now regarding the Flash Player being a browser add on in my IE, I checked through Tools / Manage add-ons / All Add-ons and it displays only Adobe Shockwave Object from the Adobe range of products. Adobe Flash Player is not an Add-on in my system.
By uninstalling it (when I was trying to install a standalone product), did I delete this Add-on from the available Add-ons from my IE?
And if I did that, how do I reinstate it? (As you said a standalone Flash Player would have its limitations).
I would appreciate your advice.
The Flash Player ActiveX for IE is identified as 'Shockwave Flash Object' in the add-ons. If you have that, and if it is enabled, then you should be fine.
You can test if Flash Player is working at http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/find-version-flash-player.html
Thank you Pat, Certainly it is there although the name change has been confusing.
Should I uninstall the original that I downloaded directly? It seems unnecessary to keep it given that IE has one.
If you uninstall it (the IE ActiveX add-on), you will no longer be able to use any Flash content on IE.
I am having a question , the Active X flash player which I have used in my .NET az an imported COM Object . Can it only play *.swf ?
if so , how does youtube plays everything by flash player ! . I am lost