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Flash Player

Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, Sever 2003 or Server 2008 (and Internet Explorer)

The Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash Player allows you to view interactive web content like Youtube, games, business presentations, entertainment and those things we all adore so much – advertisements. The package includes only the Flash Player and is a stand alone installation. You can download the file to install at a later date or use it to reinstall the player on a fresh version of Windows. The single download package makes it much easier to troubleshoot problems and you don’t have to go through the active download process each time you need to install the player.

Technically, this is a Flash Player ActiveX Control. It will only play the file through your Web browser (Internet Explorer). If you want to view downloaded flash and shockwave content at another time, you will need the Shockwave and Flash Player (Complete Standalone Installer).

Note: this version is for Internet Explorer running on Windows (including Windows 7). For the Firefox release, see here. If you are having trouble with the error message ‘Cannot find the file flash.ocx’, this download should fix the issue. For more details see our guide on how to fix the ‘Cannot find the file flash.ocx’ error.

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Internet Explorer 6 SP1 (IE6 SP1)

Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (also called IE6 SP1) is the latest browser from Microsoft that includes Outlook Express 6, Net Meeting and many new privacy and customisation features. Note that IE6 SP1 will not run on Windows 95.

IE6 can be installed as an upgrade to existing versions of Internet Explorer (including IE6), or on computers with no previous Internet Explorer installation. It features a ‘new look’ and new capabilities, including enhanced Explorer bars, integrated instant messaging, media playback and automatic picture resizing. Internet Explorer 6 can also help to maintain the privacy of personal information on the Web and provide fault collection that can identify problems that need to be fixed in future updates to the Windows Internet technologies. It is supposed to help you determine the cause of a browser crash rather than the rather cryptic messages that appear (don’t hold your breath!).

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QuickTime 7.6.9 (standalone installer)

Windows 7, Windows XP or Vista

QuickTime is a free multimedia player from Apple. You can use it to view most types of video files including QuickTime format (MOV, QT). Plus you can use it as picture or file viewer, plus it’s an essential part of itunes. This version supports Windows 7. The other main features of this release are a large number of security fixes – it is critical that everyone should update to this version, especially if your release is quite old. You can use this download to install QuickTime for the first time on a PC, or as an upgrade to an existing installation (such as from 6 to 7.6.9).

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Shockwave and Flash Player 11.5.9.615 (Complete Standalone Installer)

Windows XP or Vista

Adobe’s Shockwave Player allows you to view interactive web content like games, business presentations, entertainment and advertisements (just what the Web needs – more ways to view ads!). The package includes both Shockwave and Flash Players and is a stand alone installation. You can download the file to install at a later date or use it to reinstall the player on a fresh version of Windows. The single download package makes it much easier to troubleshoot problems and you don’t have to go through the active download process each time you need to install the player.

According to Adobe security bulletins, Shockwave Player 11.5.9.615 fixes security problems. They say that critical vulnerabilities have been identified that could allow an attacker who successfully exploits these vulnerabilities to take control of the affected system. Adobe categorises this as a critical update and recommends affected users update to version 11.5.9.615.

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