IE8 won't install Flash player (Solution)

After trying all kinds of solutions, including re-installing the Flash player multiple times (and some of the solutions found in the Adobe forums), I fixed IE8's inability to play Flash.

Of course, you have to install the Flash player (download from Adobe).
And make sure it's installed: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/
(if you don't see the version displayed on the page, then it's not installed).

Now, all's good, right? Oops. Not so fast. A quick trip to YouTube gives me that annoying "you must install the latest version" statement, although I've installed it multiple times. After fooling around in the Tools menu, I finally found this, which nobody seems to mention — you actually have to instruct IE8 to use it on sites!

  • Tools > Manage Add-Ons
  • Select "Shockwave Flash Object"
  • If the Enable button is showing in the bottom right, click it
  • Right click "Shockwave Flash Object" and select > More Information
  • Click "Allow On All Sites" (an asterisk will appear)
  • Click Okay (or Save)

This worked for me. Not sure why it wasn't enabled in the first place.

5 Comments to "IE8 won't install Flash player (Solution)"

  1. Charlie D says:

    I have been trying to fix this problem with Flash Player not working and visited many sites to seek advice. Your solution was quick, easy and fixed the problem immediately. Thank you for your help!!!!!

  2. madeleine says:

    You are a genius an absolute genius!I spent days trying to make this thing work.I don't know how many times I uninstalled and reinstalled flash player, disabled my antivirus etc… And you fixed it for me in 2 minutes flat.I owe you one, thank you, thank you!
    But WHY doesn't Adobe tell us this????????????????

  3. Diane Vigil says:

    You're very welcome … and I have no idea why they don't explain this clearly somewhere. Glad it worked for you.

  4. peter wardlow says:

    Could not install adobe flash 13 with IE9 – thanks to solution above went into tools manage add ons and enabled it
    hey presto

  5. Shaw haynes says:

    Thank you, thank you for the solution. It worked. Never, ever thought to right click "for more information. Thanks, it worked. Good show, and may all the computer owners bless you lol.

    shaw 9/12/15

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