Forgot to add that when I click Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1 (64-bit machine), it seems to download then I get a message box saying Windows Update Stand Alone Installer is not applicable to your computer (or words to that effect)
You need to run windows updates, MS is responsible for taking care of the updates for windows 8.x and above for activeX and Internet Explorer
There are no Windows updates, important or optional, that haven't been installed on this computer. I've been to your Flash Player Issues Windows 8 page, and that's where I get on the merry-go-round.
I've checked the update history, and there are no failed updates except one that concerned my printer. I understand that the only way to update Flash Player is via a Windows update, but since all the updates have been done, and are always done because the system is set to update them automatically, I really have no idea what to do at this point. I think the Flash Player errors that are occurring could likely be due to not having the most updated version of Flash. But I can't figure out why it hasn't updated, and apparently there's no way to manually update it. I guess I'm just screwed.
I chatted with a Microsoft Answer Tech, and she had no explanation as to why Flash hasn't updated. There are 2 computers in this house, both with 8.1, and one has the newer version of Flash, and one doesn't. I don't see a failed update install when checking for installed updates, but if I knew when Flash was last updated, maybe I could find the update number on the computer that has the updated version, and go from there.
God, do I miss the days when I had Windows XP, and if I needed to update Flash, I just went to your website.
A couple of unorthodox methods:
Can try a scannow /sfc from an elevated command prompt to check for corrupt system level files ( https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833 )
Try to reset IE, and also try to uninstall and re-install IE( https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/318378 );
I know that later one is an extreme method, but aside from Firefox or Chrome for flash related content, that is the only things I can think of. I have suggested re-install IE before, but nobody wanted to try that one as they were more afraid of the unknown. Something is defiantly corrupt somewhere.... my 2 cents worth.