Chrome has its own proprietary Flash Player embedded ("PepperFlash"). It functions independently of the ActiveX plugin for IE.
Afterward, go to C/Windows/System32 and delete the Macromed folder if it's still there.
Next, go to C/Windows/SysWOW64 and delete the Macromed folder if it's still there.
Open your registry editor. (Start>Run or Windows key+R and type "regedit")
Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE locate and delete the Macromedia folder if it's still there.
Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software locate and delete the Macromedia folder if it's still there.
Once that's all done, download the Adobe Flash Player installer directly by right clicking the following link.
Save it, reboot and then run it.
Then go to: www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/alternates/#sp
Click the link for "Internet Explorer/AOL" and follow the steps to download and run the FULL Shockwave installer (the link says 11, but it's 12)
Those steps should ensure you have a 100% fresh install of the ActiveX Flash and Shockwave pluigns for IE. If you've got problems after that, post back here and we'll look at options outside of the plugins.
Thanks, but no joy, with no change at all. I followed all the steps OK, but worth mentioning perhaps that after uninstalling Shockwave I got the message that this programt might not have installed correctly and the options to reinstall using recommended settings or this program installed correctly - I clicked the latter.