Hi, No they are not the same. Flash Player is a browser plugin(addon in IE) and works thru the browser. You can read about Shockwave Player here: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/155/tn_15508.html
You may want to try the manual Install of Flash Player.
Download and SAVE to your Desktop the Uninstaller:
Download and SAVE to your Desktop the Installer for IE- use the EXE Installer
Close all browser windows, you only want to be looking at your Desktop.
Disable any messenger services, as yahoo, msn, etc in the system tray(area near the clock)
Disable any Anti-Virus Program
Be sure to use the Administrator Account.
Run the Uninstaller and when finished, Reboot(restart) your computer.
Check to make sure the Anti-Virus is still Disabled
Run the Installer for IE, and when finished, Reboot.
Then go to this test site and test each browser:
You may want to print these instructions to make it easier to follow. If you have any questions, let me know.
Also check to make sure the Shockwave Flash Object in your manage addons is Enabled when finished.