Hi Mike M, Thanks for the reply. No, haven't tried that yet, but will have a go. I had a suspicion that IE may be the problem, but didn't know a way to sort it. I'll let you know, though it may be tomorrow as it's late here.
Well..... I 'repaired' Internet Explorer 8 in accordance with Microsoft's instructions, and tried to download FP 11 yet again. (After first 'uninstalling' the previous failed attempts.). Failure once again, with the same error message.
So, still no FP and now I've got to get IE 8 back to what it used to look like.
Thanks for trying though, Mike M, yours is the only suggestion so far. Perhaps I'll have to re-install IE from scratch - but not until after Christmas.
Well.... Today was Eureka day. I finally got past the Active x failing to register by downloading Microsoft Download manager and then the .msi version of the FP 11 installer. Follow the links in the following reply to someone else to get to the right file to download (for my problem, anyway). :-
25-Dec-2013 13:07 in reply to gowflow
I Just found the answer long awaited for and it is in the shortcuts listed beside this question posted on the right and I will put the link here for whoever runs in similar situation.
It will bring you to download the full active X version afterwhat you can download the normal latest flash player version and it will register correctly.
Well, the second suggestion in the answers you'll see on the link was the one that worked. Many thanks to all who helped. Yippee!
Thank you for the feedback; it's good to know what the MSI installer gets around the 'could not be registered' error.
For the issue "The Flash Player ActiveX control could not be registered" please refer to http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/installation-problems-flash-player-windows.html#mai n-pars_header_4",
Best way is that:
1. Uninstall Flsh player follow page http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/uninstall-flash-player-windows.html
2. Download Flash player from :http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/