Windows 7 or 8?
If Windows 8, you don't need to download Flash Player; it's already preinstalled in IE10.
For Windows 7, download the offline installer from http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html#mai n-pars_header (under the heading Progress bar hangs...).
The first time the internet dropped as I sent the question and I thought it was lost.
I am running Windows 7 and will download the installer.
I cannot get beyond this point and IE is closed.