Got new computer running Windows 8.1 & the problems begin.
I can run flash in Firefox browser, but cannot run any swf files on the desktop.
Windows XP & Windows 7 was NP doing this, now I have to play SWF within my browser.
Is there a simple solution to this or am I SOOL?
You can download the standalone player (Projector) from https://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
Note that the download is the player, not an installer, so you will need to make the .swf file association manually.