Windows 7 and Flash



  • I have a brand new install of Windows 8.1 and of course IE 11.

    I'm logged in as a non admin.

    When I visit a page that requires Adobe Flash I get a UAC prompt for Internet Explorer Add-on Installer. If I provide a username and password with admin rights, I'm then presented with an installation dialog for installing Flash.

    My question is, is Flash no longer part of IE 11, like it appeared to be of IE 10?

    But more importantly, how do I allow the installation of Flash (hopefully using GPO) on these machines at will without the user having local admin rights.

    I've found a few posts that seem to indicate that perhaps the Flash install is not an activex install, therefore the ActiveX Installer service can't help me.

    Any other thoughts, suggestions?

    *edit - the title was change to reflect that this is a problem for me on Windows 7, not Windows 8.1





  • Do you have all of your Windows updates in place? Flash updates via WU for IE.



  • Consider Chrome where Flash is built in and patched automatically.

    Should be no issue with Flash on IE11, though, just needs to be rolled out. Chocolatey can do that.



  • OK Now I know I'm currently stretched to thin... the problem isn't on WIndows 8.1, it's on Windows 7 Pro.

    Sigh.. Sorry guys - but the problem still exists where IE 11 wants to install Flash, and is requiring a local admin to do it through the IE Add-on Installer.



  • Yes. Flash requires admin rights to install. Huge pain.



  • @Dashrender said:

    OK Now I know I'm currently stretched to thin... the problem isn't on WIndows 8.1, it's on Windows 7 Pro.

    Sigh.. Sorry guys - but the problem still exists where IE 11 wants to install Flash, and is requiring a local admin to do it through the IE Add-on Installer.

    Have you considered pushing flash out via GPO?



  • @alexntg said:

    @Dashrender said:

    OK Now I know I'm currently stretched to thin... the problem isn't on WIndows 8.1, it's on Windows 7 Pro.

    Sigh.. Sorry guys - but the problem still exists where IE 11 wants to install Flash, and is requiring a local admin to do it through the IE Add-on Installer.

    Have you considered pushing flash out via GPO?

    Frankly I was so entrenched in the fact that I was working in Windows 8 and that Flash was now included in IE that all of the solutions I kept running into where only in that vain of thought. But now that I'll woken up and realize my folly (man two times in one week, not good) I'm sure I'll be able to solve this problem without much issue.

    The differences between Windows 7 and 8 in certain places is pretty immense. With that in mind, companies/people that are staying behind waiting for Windows 9 are going to be in for a pretty large shock when they move. But I guess really no more so than moving from XP to Win7.



  • @alexntg
    Guess what - it worked.. first time out of the gate!

    I'll be splitting my computers into two OUs now (windows 7 and windows 😎 but it solves the problem nicely.



  • @Dashrender

    Awesome! Glad to have been of service. Feel free to mark my response as BA!


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