Since Microsoft embeds Flash Player in Internet Explorer (and Edge) they consider it to be a protected file system file, and to my knowledge, Microsoft doesn't provide a standalone installer to re-install (or repair) Flash Player for IE (and Edge) on Windows 8 and above. You can try one of the following options to repair the deleted Flash Player from your system:
- Run System File Checker to repair files/permissions: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929833
- Find a previous Flash Player Update for IE/Edge KB article and run the installer. See Microsoft Security Advisory 2755801 for links to KB articles for previous version of Flash Player updates for IE/Edge which contain links to download the updates.
- You may need to do this several times until you find one that works, that is if you find one that works.
If these options do not fix the problem, please contact Microsoft customer support or their community forums.
Many thanks for your kind and elaborated reply!
I ran the command and it showed that there were indeed corrupted files but it did not manage to fix them. So I went for your second option and, after realizing that you cannot download Windows updates online anymore, I went for a last option and checked if there had been Flash Updates in the past days... and for my very fortune there turned up to be one right the other day. So I went on disinstalling the update and afterwards letting Windows Update reinstall it and it turned out to work! So issue solved
PS: I marked my answer as the correct one so that people can deal with this issue the same way as I did, although you clearly gave me the right input. I hope it is alright with you
I'm glad that particular solution worked for you. Sometimes one solution works for someone and another for someone else, which is why we include various recommendations (and sometimes none of them work, it just depends).