I have Windows Vista Home Premium, 32 bit.
Two hours ago, when I booted my computer, I got automatically prompted to update Flash player to v. 11.3.300.271 (this was the grey update box; came up without me opening any browser or any other program). IE opened up (I have IE9). I followed the steps illustrated by all the screencapped boxes in the IE instructions page... and then nothing happened.
I checked my Task Manager and saw an Adobe installer was working, but after a while of it not doing anything, I shut my computer down.
When I booted back up, I checked my Flash Player version and, yes, it's still 11.3.300.271.
I did some searches on Google and found out that 11.4 is the newest version ...
So my first question is: Why did it ask me to update to v 11.3.300.271, especially since I already had that version?
Since, from my googling mentioned above, I found out that 11.3.300.271 has major security flaws and that users are urged to update to v.11.4.402.265, I used Firefox14 (because that's my prefered browser) and went to get.adobe.com/flashplayer. I followed the steps illustrated by the screencaps again (I noticed they were different this time, probably because it was a different browser).
When I double-clicked on the file image in the Downloads window, it took me to the folder where I'd saved it. I right-clicked (Windows Explorer would tend to get stuck there, but I waited), clicked on Run as Admin (because I'm on Vista). I clicked Run when it asked me if I wanted to run that file. I clicked Yes to allow it to make changes ... and then the .exe file simply disappeared from my folder and absolutely nothing happened.
I checked my Flash Player version again, and it is still 11.3.300.271.
What's going on?
I'd appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance!
Part 1: I have no idea; hopefully someone from the Adobe Flash Player team can comment on that.
Part 2: try downloading the offline installers from http://helpx.adobe.com/content/help/en/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player- windows.html#main-pars_header