Unable to play Flash on youtube
August 12, 2006 9:46 PM   Subscribe

I am unable to play any videos on youtube. It tells me to download the latest Flash player, but when I do it just keeps repeating the same message. I have XP2 with IE7 beta, only using windows firewall, and security settings at default. Any ideas why?
posted by blue shadows to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You're using a beta version of IE?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:47 PM on August 12, 2006

You probably need to be logged in as administrator in order to install the Flash player update.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 9:52 PM on August 12, 2006

Install the hotfix ..
posted by SirStan at 10:16 PM on August 12, 2006

Did you restart IE after installing Flash?
posted by jchgf at 10:27 PM on August 12, 2006

I logged in as admin, restarted IE, restarted the computer, downloaded the full Flash file from Adobe, but still nothing works.
posted by blue shadows at 11:48 PM on August 12, 2006

There are two versions of the Flash plugin, one is an ActiveX component and is used in IE, the other is a Firefox/Netscape/et al plugin. You can easily install one without the other. Make sure you're not downloading the wrong one. I think that adobe's page tries to direct you to the right one based on your user-agent.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:01 AM on August 13, 2006

Do note that you're using beta software. Just this past week, I was trying to troubleshoot a problem a user was having with FTP sites in IE7 beta. Trying to visit an FTP site would show an error message much like a DNS server failure had occurred, but there was no DNS problem. I couldn't really do much of anything to fix it, and ended up installing a standalone FTP client.

You may want to go back to a stable version of IE.
posted by odinsdream at 8:47 AM on August 13, 2006

You say this like it's a bad thing.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:02 AM on August 13, 2006

I just downloaded Firefox and I still get the same message.
posted by blue shadows at 1:38 PM on August 13, 2006

I just managed to get it to work in IE by first uninstalling Flash using the tool found on and then reinstalling it from the same page.
posted by blue shadows at 1:54 PM on August 13, 2006

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