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24 Aug 2011  

Windows 7 Home Premium x86-64
Embedded YouTube Videos in IE9 don't work

Hi, sorry if this has already been asked but I did some quick searches and couldn't find it. From what I've seen on the internet, my problem for some reason appears unique. I don't think there's anything that can be done, but I'm asking here in case someone else has had my problem.

I run IE9 32-bit on Win7 Home 64-bit and have Flash installed and working perfectly ( videos work and ads work). However, whenever I go to a site with embedded youtube videos, they don't show up (the site that triggered this post is here). What I see is a blank space with Embedded YouTube Videos in IE9 don't work-ie9-embedded-videos-problem.png in the corner. When I load the page, I see a light gray youtube logo which fades away to the blank space. I can see the videos if I open the source and find the video Id (I have to change the url to show the youtube player; if I try to navigate to the embed swf file, IE asks to download it). I've uninstalled flash using Adobe's uninstaller and reinstalled it, but still no luck.

The most interesting part about this is that if I run as administrator, the embedded videos show up! As it so happens, even though my account is the only one on this computer, it has normal user privileges, and i created another administrator account so I am not using an admin account all the time. Naturally, I have to run the flash installer as admin, which I would have thought is the reason why I can't play embedded videos, except for the fact that flash works everywhere else.

Thanks for your time, though I don't think there are many options for fixing this (I would prefer not to reinstall Windows).

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