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Windows 7: Can't get Flash Player to associate with .swf files?

12 Dec 2011   #1
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Can't get Flash Player to associate with .swf files?

In my work environment, we have .swf files that when right-clicked to Open, are supposed to open in Adobe Flash Player. However my computer hasn't been completely set up. When I tried that, Win7 tried to open it with Winamp. Looked through my Start menu Programs and didn't see Flash Player.

Downloaded and installed from Adobe.com. However, when I now try to go into default programs and associate the .swf file type with Flash Player, that app doesn't show up as an option. What to do???


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12 Dec 2011   #2
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello okieuser and welcome to Seven Forums. If Flash Player isn't suggested as a program you need to press the Browse button and navigate to the program file and select it.
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12 Dec 2011   #3
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

That's the baffling part. When I browse for Flash Player in Programs, it's not there. If I try to run the installer again, it goes through the whole process and indicates successful (again) but still doesn't show up when I use the browse function you describe.
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12 Dec 2011   #4
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Solved my own problem. The standard Flash Player at Adobe is a browser plugin. I googled "flash player standalone" and found an Adobe download page with a version named "Windows Flash Player 11.1 Projector (EXE, 7.76MB)"

Had to copy the file that downloads into the Programs folder, because it's not an installer; it's a ready-to-go app. After going into Default Programs and selecting .swf and browsing to the new Adobe file, I ran a test by right-clicking a local .swf file. Sure enough, it open right on my screen independent of any browser!

http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
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12 Dec 2011   #5
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Ah yes the plugin is the default download. Glad you got it sorted.
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