I presume your talking about the Flash Installer .exe? You probably won't be able to install/upgrade to Vista/7 on a 2001 system anyway, so I would advise you to save your money. If your just trying to view an swf on XP, then your probably better off to just download Flash Player directly from Adobe:
I would also recommend updating your OS and browser to the latest version before installing Flash.
... which should also include IE update, if not:
Thank you for your reply. Sorry about my ambiguous post. I'm not trying to view an swf. I think the file I have received is a projector file for PC. It is about 4 years old and when I launch it the windows title bar displays 'flash player 7' and all I see is a white screen.
Thank you again.
Before you go any further you need to confirm it is a known good copy cd.
It is a copy of a project that needs to be redesigned. I received this from a client. So yes it should be good.
I would like to try launching it myself (even if I have to purchase a new copy of windows...), or at least try everything possible, before getting back to the client and possibly making a fool out of myself...
You have to know someone with a pc, confirm the disc. if you have confirmed the disc, the disc player by running several others through it, if you have confirmed the pc by following the steps outlined above, then if no other option buy a cheap pc for a few hundred, again depending on the client and the job $, or simply expound your difficulty and politely request a cd in a format you can utilize for their benefit.
I purchased a new copy of windows 7 and Parallels desktop and the application ran fine. I guess the app didn't run on Windows XP SP1 for some reason. I had to purchase these two things anyway. Funny to have both windows and mac apps running at the same time on top of each other...