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Windows 7: Silverlight vs Flash browser plugins

13 Sep 2013   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Silverlight vs Flash browser plugins

Do I need both Silverlight and Flash plugins in my "Firefox" Browser ?

Just found a forum item Silverlight vs. Flash

I have had Silverlight disabled for about 5 months and no noticeable problems, so far.
Web is surfed every day for about 2 to 3 hours.

I know I need one, but do I need both?



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13 Sep 2013   #2
marsmimar

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Generally speaking, it's not necessary to have both plug-ins. I think most people have the Flash plug-in simply because Flash is used much more extensively than Silverlight. If you ever come across a site that requires Silverlight you'll get a prompt that you need to install it. So until that time arrives (if it ever does) I'd go so far as to completely remove Silverlight, not just disable it. That's the way I have Firefox set up on my machines and there haven't been any problems.
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13 Sep 2013   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Pretty much the only company that uses Silverlight is Microsoft help videos,
Even Skype uses Flash instead of Silverlight
There isn't any harm in having Silverlight and Flash is much more problematic so I run primarily with it Disabled,
And only Enable it when I want to watch a video beside who really cares if adds play on a website
How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security
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14 Sep 2013   #4
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

marsmimar +1
Thank you for your advice
I have decided to uninstall Silverlight.
The update nags were so intrusive I disabled Silverlight many months ago. And have never missed it.

This forum provides better (in my opinion) info and support.


ThrashZone +1
Your link to How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security was a gem.
I never imagined "Flash" could be customized.
And some of the authors "other interests" were amusing too. Worth a look-around.
Thank you
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14 Sep 2013   #5
marsmimar

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You're very welcome.
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14 Sep 2013   #6
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
marsmimar +1
Thank you for your advice
I have decided to uninstall Silverlight.
The update nags were so intrusive I disabled Silverlight many months ago. And have never missed it.

This forum provides better (in my opinion) info and support.


ThrashZone +1
Your link to How to configure your Flash Player settings for maximum privacy and security was a gem.
I never imagined "Flash" could be customized.
And some of the authors "other interests" were amusing too. Worth a look-around.
Thank you

Dittos from me as well. Great information. WU keeps wanting to update Silverlight all of the time, The same updates I already have. I think I will remove it as well. Thanks again
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14 Sep 2013   #7
marsmimar

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Something I should have mentioned concerning Silverlight and other optional products from Microsoft like the Bing Bar. If you uninstall any of these MS products, the next time you run WU they might reappear and want to reinstall themselves. If that should happen, you can hide the update and it won't keep nagging you until such time you decide to restore that hidden update.

Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates

My apologies for not including this earlier.
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14 Sep 2013   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I wouldn't think Silverlight's updates would react like that unless there was something blocking the update ?
I find Silverlight fairly docile and it updates +- every few months,
If repeating there might be a underlying issue on your system,
I might try to ask in the Windows update section and see if Noel can find the cause,
Cheers.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/186275-windows-update-fix-repeatedly-offered-update.html
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14 Sep 2013   #9
marsmimar

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Not an update to Silverlight. The actual product itself may try to get reinstalled through Windows Update.
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14 Sep 2013   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

As far as I know the last version was released 7/9/13 version 5.1.20513.0
http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
If the above link shows (Your ready to use Microsoft Silverlight) then yes you can simply Hide the reoccurring update. Note if Silverlight is Disabled you'll be prompted to download it/ Alt+TA
or Uninstall it all together if anyone wishes to.
There has been a string of Windows updates that have been reoccurring lately/ ie10-Office Outlook and now Silverlight ?
Very odd indeed only Outlook on my end but that was corrected without Hiding the update = just left it in the queue and now it's gone.

I did remember one site which uses Silverlight
Netflix !
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