What do you mean "in my downloads"? Flash Player is installed in C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash and C:\Windows\syswow64\Macromed\Flash
Thanks for reviewing Pat,
What I mean is that when I click on "computer", then "uninstall or change a program" after downloading Flash Player I see the icon for Flash Player as well as Adobe Reader which I also downloaded after many attempts. At that time Flash Player works. I shut the laptop down for an extended time and when I sign back on and go to a site that normally opens I get a window at the bottom of the screen that says the site wants me to install Adobe Flash Player. I go back through the process to look at "install or change a program" and where the icon was for Flash Player is a rectangular black outline with no icon, but the description for and date/time I downloaded it. Then I go to the Flash Player troubleshooting and one of the things it does is to show what version of Flash Player I have and it is blank because it isn't there. I started on computers in the early 70's and have been through many versions, I hate it when I have to go to a new one because there is such a waste of time learning all these little issues. Thanks if you can be of more help. Russ
That is a new one to me; can you go and check if the files are actually still there in C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash and C:\Windows\syswow64\Macromed\Flash after you reboot your machine?
Either way, can you try a clean install as described in http://forums.adobe.com/thread/928315
P.S. I have also started in 1970 on a good old IBM/360.