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It updates for the default browser. In my case that's Firefox but just the same, it only updates that plug-in. I MUST update the ActiveX manually: Flash Player for ActiveX (Internet Explorer)
Ok, thanks. Must be by design then. I just found it a bit funny updating v.12->13:
1) updater launches default browser (Opera) taking me to DL page
2) plug-in version gets downloaded and installed
3) installer launches IE to thank me although nothing was installed for IE.
My Mac test machine does the same thing. Takes me to the download with Firefox, and once I finish, it opens Safari to show it was completed. Mac only has one plug-in, but it's the same principle. The GUI installer uses the OS's browser as default at the end, but YOUR default at the beginning. No rhyme or reason for that.
It's yet another reason I don't use the GUI installers unless I'm testing something requiring it:
Those links remain the same even when the version is updated. Bookmark them. Whenever you see an update notification, just use the links, and run thew offline installers. It takes about ten seconds longer, but you have control over the download, and (here's the bonus) those links DON'T contain any "bundled" junk like McAfee or Google toolbar.