Because Microsoft altered the code for Flash Player in order to embed it in IE, it's 100% their "baby" now. They own it, they update it and they fix it. AFAIK, the downloaded versions from Adobe are not 100% compatible because they lack the Microsoft altered code from the embedding.
I've tried several different ways to update manually, or install the beta for IE and NONE have worked with Win 8. I haven't tried anything with 8.1 because I will not reinstall that garbage on either of my Win 8 machines ever again. Microsoft really "screwed the pooch" with that so-called "update", and I'm NOT going to reformat two machines again to get usability back with $4500 in third party software.
Thank you for the reply. Was this confirmed by either Adobe or Microsoft? I emailed a Microsoft contact of mine to see if he can dig some information on the subject.
Prior to 8.1, I was running 8 for many months without issue. I was able to use Flash Builder and run my applications in IE with the Flash Player Debugger. I think I had to use a different version from the one recommended on the Adobe download page, but it worked.
I too, ran 8 without any issues, for a couple months before my daughter was conned into putting the 8.1 "preview" on my new laptop, which renderred everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, I had installed, "incompatible"... which included:
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (18 apps)
Office 2013 Professional Plus (12 apps)
Roxio Creator Suite 2011(9 apps)
AVG Internet Security
Mozilla Firefox 23
I have two Win 8 machines - my laptop and a desktop. I use ther laptop for work so I can "abuse" the hellout of the desktop, because that's what I have it for. I write and rewrite registry "tweaks", install software, update it, and try to "break it", then uninstall and reisntall it. I even download known viruses to see what they do and how fast, before reinstalling the OS again.
Among all that, I've tried numerous ways to alter or otherwise amend the Flash Player for IE 10, and I haven't been successful at modifyig, updating or replacing it in IE (even with the beta), because I always run into Windows errors or warnings that it "can only be done throug Windows Update".
I haven't seen anything in print from Adobe or Microsoft to confirm that Flash Player can only be updated through Windows, but I've seen plenty of anecdotal evidence that supports it.
The debugger file you are trying to use (flashplayer_11_ax_debug.exe) is not the correct file to use for Windows 8/8.1. It is for Windows 7 and prior. You will need to download the Windows 8/8.1 debugger installer based on your machine's architecture (x86, x64, or ARM) from the Flash Player Support Center page.
Please make note of the KB number in the file name that is downloaded as you will need the KB number to uninstall the debugger in the future. On Windows 8/8.1, the ActiveX debugger is installed as an update. To uninstall it, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Installed Updates. Look for the entry with the KB number the same as in the debugger installer file you used to install the debugger and uninstall the update.
We are in the process of updating the instructions and the link on the Flash Playe Support Center page.
(all of this in the desktop mode)
I installed Flash player for Windows 8.1 x64 debugger. Flash now works in IE when I go
http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/find-version-flash-player.html. Scrolling down I see
All good so far. I tested with Flash builder and it seems to work now. I think the key was the manual uninstall of the Flayer instead of relying on the uninstaller.
Thank you Maria
In all the searching I've done, Maria's link is the FIRST TIME I've seen the debugger links for Win 8. Thanks for that.
I saw the page before and even tried the "right 8.1 file" (after the unmarked win 7 one) but my system must have been so messed up from trying so many other things that even using the right one did not work until I could uninstall the current version first.
Hey Mike, let me know if this worked for you too.
The path to get to the installed updates in Windows 8.1 (and others maybe) is really.
Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > View installed updates.
The weird thing is that once you get there the path you wrote is correct, but I was looking for long time for "Programs and features" in the above screen.
Were you able to find and uninstall the previous flash update with the control panel, followed by a reboot before trying to install?
KB2777262 is NOT listed as an installed update on my machine.
I just set up an 8.1 test machine and ran it through three hours of Windows Updates too.
I tried running the MSU and I got a "not applicablt to this verison" error.
Mike, there might be hope on Monday or sometimes this week.
Now, I did so many things on mine I am not sure what did it. I did remove/rename the flash player folder but if they fix the link and the uninstaller, then you may have an easier experience.
@Patrick - The exact steps to get to the 'Installed Updates' view may differ based on the selected view, but essentially, you'll want to get to the 'Installed Updates' view.
@Mike - Did you happen to update the version of IE on the win 8.1 machine? There us a download available on this tech note, http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html, which contains a different KB number than the debugger KB number. Also, can you go to http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html and provide a screenshot of the Flash Player version you currently have installed?
KB2886439 is for Windows 8, not Windows 8.1 You'll need to get the update that coincides with your OS version, and architecture (32- or 64-bit). You can run Windows Update, or download it from http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html. The links are at the bottom of the page.
Microsoft released a Flash Player update with their "Tuesday patch" today.