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Fix: Adobe Flash Player is outdated when it really isn’t

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Adobe Flash Player is nowhere near as popular as it used to be, with a dramatically high number of users choosing to switch over to HTML. Even so, there are still those who prefer using Flash, not to mention that many top tier websites and online services still require the use of Flash Player. In other words, Flash Player is going to be around for a while longer. With that said, a weird error known to pop up with Flash Player has the potential of driving any Flash user mad.

Flash Player out of date, but not really

When Adobe Flash Player is out of date, a message stating so will appear on screen instead of the video you’re trying to watch. If your Flash player is truly out of date, simply updating it will solve the problem. It gets tricky however when you have the latest version installed but that message still appears, blocking you from accessing the Flash-reliant content you want to check out. Past user complaints addressed to Adobe regarding the matter have spawned replies from Adobe claiming that it’s most likely a browser issue.

Solving the issue

This problem can be truly frustrating but luckily it has been discovered that a reinstallation of the Flash service will clear it and allow the user to get back to their Flash content. Keep in mind that you need to perform a complete reinstallation, from scratch, meaning that everything currently existent on your device which is related to Flash has to go.

Reinstalling Adobe Flash Player from scratch

  • The first step in the process is to delete everything related to Flash on your device. This means that you need to delete all the install wizards from your Downloads folder and also from the trash.
  • The next step is to download the two essential tools which will be needed, and are available on Adobe’s official website. Browse there and download the latest versions of the Adobe Flash Player installer and uninstaller, for your appropriate OS and system.
  • Now close all browser windows and applications, and use the Uninstaller to get rid of Flash on your system. After that, restart your system and then run the installer for the latest version of the software.

You should now have the latest version of Flash Player installed on your system, and no more troubles with accessing the previously blocked content.  While it may be easily categorized as a “freak error”,  most likely caused on the browser end and not Flash’s, it’s relieving to know that fixing the problem is actually manageable by any user in a very short amount of time.