What exactly means "cannot get it to work"?
It is almost as if the program does not exist on my computer. If I search for it, the only thing that comes up is the installer. I cannot find it anywhere despite the fact I have installed it numerous times, uninstalled it and conducted a fresh install, and the Adobe website checks says that it is installed.
Flash Player is a browser add-on (to play online Flash content), not an executable program.
Do you need an executable program to play local .swf files?