Similar problem. Flash Player 12 seems to be installed, but Youtube videos will not play. Need a was to install a previous working version of Flash Player.
That doesn't mean a lot, I'm sure, but it's the root of your problems, and Flash Player has nothing to do with it.
Microsoft "rewrote" the User-Agent Strings for the abomination they call their latest and greatest browser. User-Agent Strings are what websites use to identify the browser you're using and provide the proper content for it's browser engine, like ActiveX stuff, and Flash or HTML5 video. Thanks to the geniuses in Redmond, WA, the User-Agent Strings for IE11 (which has a Trident engine), ID it as either "Gecko" (Firefox) or "Webkit" (Chrome). Problem is: when the site the directs to the content for one of these two engines, the Trident engine in IE can't intepret it and the site then sees IE as an "unidentified" browser.
The problem with an unidentified browser is that the plug-ins in that browser aren't recognized either, so even though you're up to date, it says you need the latest Flash Player when you use IE11. YouTube... has converted to HTML5 video so if it doesn't detect Flash Player, it can display HTML5 (MP4) video which requires no plug-in to play. Facebook can't do that, because HTML5 doesn't apply to games... only video.
Microsoft has no plans to "fix" the mess thay've created because they think it's a great idea to block you out of the websites you visit.
They recommend using "Compatibility View" and pretending that you're using an older verison of IE... Problem with that is that it's seen limited success, and you have to enable it for EVERY page that has problems... individually.
I'm not big on "pretending" so I recommend actually using another browser.
ANY of those will work where IE11 won't, with the Flash Player Plug-in (For all other browsers), and Chrome doesn't even need that because it has its own Flash Player plugin built in.
I am still using Explorer 9, with all its updates. Youtube stopped working with this latest Adobe Flash 12. As far as I can tell, there is not way to reload the earlier Flash 11.x so I can get Youtube functional again.
While this makes sense, it also doesn't quite cover the issue. Why doesn't Flash Player appear in my 'list of programs' I can access via the Start button? Also, why would access be denied to Flash Player Update Active X under your scenario?
I am in agreement with you on MS's arrogance and insensitivity to its users. However, I can't roll back IE 11. And it's not clear from your comments that, should I be able to install an earlier version of Flash Player, it would work either.
Yes, an alternate browser is an option, but not a good one. If I do that, then I have some issues with other software that integrate with IE. So, I've decided it's a no-win.
I am angry with Adobe for checking the box 'install Google Chrome bar' automatically on the Flash Player installation screens because I should have the right to decide what software I want installed on my computer with positive choices, not defaults.
So, with the blame spread equally, and alternatives discussed, is there anything else I can do?
This is really a no-win situation. Unless there's some way to untie the
Gordion knot of incompatible software, I will be going without Flash Player.
I said in my first post that I had it installed and it vanished. I wonder
if the MS IE 11 installation wiped it out.
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Why doesn't Flash Player appear in my 'list of programs' I can access via the Start button?
Because it's NOT a program. It's a plug-in for your browser. Adblockers, Video downloaders, Form Fillers, and website styles don't appear in your programs either.
Also, why would access be denied to Flash Player Update Active X under your scenario?
It shouldn't be. ONLY Windows 8 has restricted access to the ActiveX plug-in. The one for Win 7, Vista and XP is here: Flash Player for ActiveX (Internet Explorer)
And you CAN roll back to IE 10... people do it all the time. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318378
Software that "integrates with IE"... Integrates with your "default browser", whatever it may be. To my knowledge, the last thing that REQUIRED IE was Windows Update for Windows XP. With Vista it became part of the Control Panel. Office works with the "default browser". Acrobat/Reader works with the "default browser". QuickBooks/Quicken/TurboTax... all work with the "default browser".
When you install a new browser, set it as your default, and everything that used to open IE, will then open the new browser.
That article is not helpful. Sorry, Devendar, but it relates to different circumstances and different levels of IE than I have installed.
Thank you, Mike. I had not realized that I could roll back to IE10, and I'll have to figure out what steps I need to take to get that done. IE11 is causing problems with other websites as well.