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Windows 7: Do I need prior versions of Adobe Flash Player


09 Apr 2014   #1

 
Do I need prior versions of Adobe Flash Player

I just downloaded and installed Adobe Flash Player 13. I now have Adobe Flash Player 12 and Adobe Shockwave 12 as well as the new version 13. Are the version 12's of any use to me and may I uninstall them?

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09 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
I just downloaded and installed Adobe Flash Player 13. I now have Adobe Flash Player 12 and Adobe Shockwave 12 as well as the new version 13. Are the version 12's of any use to me and may I uninstall them?
There is no need for the older version(s). Adobe leaves behind the prior version when updating for no reason and in fact they can create a security risk.

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09 Apr 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Some of their installers also install Adobe Air too.
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13 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Flash Player installers always upgrade (rather than install side-by-side) older versions, if found, so no need to worry about having duplicate versions.
But remember that there are two flavors of Adobe Flash Player: the plugin based for web browsers, and the ActiveX version for IE and standalone applications. Both are downloaded separately and upgraded on its own too, so most likely is that you only upgraded one type, leaving the other at the older version. Make sure you always download both of the from the official website, regardless of what browser you use.
Adobe Shockwave is a completely different thing (although typically used for a similar purpose), and it's updated on its own, and may also keep a separate numbering that Flash Player, as they're separate programs.
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