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Windows 7: Do I need Microsoft Silverlight

15 Dec 2014   #1
margrave

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Do I need Microsoft Silverlight

I have Silverlight installed on this Win 7 desktop, and it receives occasional updates. But I wonder: Do I need it? Is it in use? How would I know?

I know that it's Microsoft's answer to Adobe Flash. But in a Flash-dominated world, I don't know where or when Silverlight gets used, if at all. How can I find out if it's being used on my PC?


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15 Dec 2014   #2
indianacarnie

 

I myself don't have it installed on my machine. NO problems at all. I haven't found any sites/videos etc. that I couldn't view without it. Now.... I do think I've heard .... somewhere .... that Netflix (maybe) needs it, but as I don't use Netflix I can't vouch for that. My bottom line is ...... no you don't need it. (MY opinion)
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15 Dec 2014   #3
shadow2201

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
I myself don't have it installed on my machine. NO problems at all. I haven't found any sites/videos etc. that I couldn't view without it. Now.... I do think I've heard .... somewhere .... that Netflix (maybe) needs it, but as I don't use Netflix I can't vouch for that. My bottom line is ...... no you don't need it. (MY opinion)
Yes Netflix uses it, you can't view Netflix without it. From my understanding, for the general user, it is mostly used in different video streaming services. So I don't think it's necessary to have unless you stream a lot of video's on certain sites, I think ABC and sites like that use it to stream their videos at times. The thing is, you don't necessarily need it, but it's also not hurting you to have it, sure it takes up space, but it's not slowing you down, and if you don't use it, you'll never know it's there, so I would say just keep it there and maybe sometime in the future you might use it, if not, no harm done.
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15 Dec 2014   #4
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

I've only needed it for Microsoft sites. Here's a highly recommended one if you're interested in security:
Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools | TechEd North America 2012 | Channel 9

When you watch a video you can right-click in the video and see if the pop-up menu says Flash Player, HTML5 Player, or Silverlight

Before you uninstall Silverlight you could just disable the add-on in your browser and wait a few weeks to see if you run into any webpages with a video that doesn't play. If so then maybe you do need it
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15 Dec 2014   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep only Microsoft help videos and Netflix uses Silverlight,
I don't use either so Silverlight is not installed,
Cheers.
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17 May 2015   #6
DuLee

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Good question. Good answers.

The OP had a good question. I had forgotten all about Silverlight until last week's Microsoft Update in which they updated some Silverlight files. I suppose now my question is: since I apparently have Silverlight installed (and updated) should I just leave it alone as it never causes any apparent problems ... or should I uninstall it?
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17 May 2015   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
It's all personal preference to have it or not,
It's released through the windows update system so if you auto load windows updates it will just reload.

I personally leave it to collect dust in the optional updates section because hiding it just brings up another version.
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17 May 2015   #8
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 
and

Its a requirement in the Uk, if your ISP is Sky and you want to use the Skygo ap.
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17 May 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
I personally leave it to collect dust in the optional updates section because hiding it just brings up another version.
It comes back like 5-6 times when hidden, once for each version upgrade. When you hide them, you don't get them offered again, until a new version comes out. I have them hidden (just one entry in hidden updates screen) and don't get offered a new one. Been like this for 5 weeks now (since I installed OS).
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17 May 2015   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Silverlight is used by various content providers in the UK, and I assume other markets, As stated SkyGo, Netflix and I think a few of the general catch up TV providers BBC iPlayer Etc

I use several of these so have it loaded, when i needed it works, when I don't it causes no issues
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