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The first thing I would like to point you to is the Flash Player Admin Guide at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html
You obviously have already found the installer MSI files at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html - note that the first set are the 64-bit installers, followed by the 32-bit installers.
Basically these installers should remove all older FP versions, but if they don't, try using the uninstaller from http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html
However, I am not sure if you can run the uninstaller via Group Policy; maybe you can find some information on that in the Admin Guide? If not, feel free to ask again; there are some more knowledgeable people than me around here.
Thank you, Pat,
Yes, I did find the Admin guide - that's how I worked out that I needed an .msi file, and how to set it up, and yes, I did "assign" it as directed (didn't at first and nothing happened )
Yes, I did download the 32 bit version for version 11, not 10
No, I don't think that I can run the uninstaller from GP - it's an .exe file, and you can only run .msi files from GP, apparently.
So, thank you for confirming that I am on the right track, but it looks like I need one of those "more knowledgeable" to come along, please.
Now, I've noticed that there are several hundred sets of user files on each PC, as there is no mechanism to delete these once a login session has completed. I've noticed that there are bits and pieces of Flash Player in many of these, going back at least as far as version 8!
Can you provide some information what these files are, and where they are?
P.S. if you don't get any additional help within another day, can you send a PM to Chris Campbell and point him to this topic?
The user files are under Documents and Settings, and appear to have been building up over the last 4 years (at least!). Each domain user who has used a particular PC has a sub-directory under Documents and Settings, and these appear to have the full range of files that you would expect to find in such directories, including application data / app data, contacts, cookies, desktop, etc, with many of them containing in the Application Data folder an Adobe folder, with various (old) versions of Adobe Reader and/or Adobe Flash Player, plus many of them have another folder called Macromedia, with an old version of Flash Player in that.
I am not a server guru, but I am frantically trying to scan the on line documentation to see if there is any way to delete this user data in bulk, in the hope that if I can get rid of this detritus, the other problem may resolve itself.
The %appdata% folders should only contain Flash Player settings data, not the actual Flash Player executables. What kind of executables do you find in there; ocx, dll, exe files?