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A Guide to Setting Up Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime on Windows 10

Adobe Flash Player still exists much to the chagrin of many in the tech community. Steve Jobs famously wrote about why the plugin has no place in Apple’s products which started the downfall of the once famous web sensation. A number of former clients are starting to move in a new direction while some remain loyal mostly because it’s not easy to automatically shift to a new technology – time is needed.

Flash is still supported by the top operating systems in the world, including Microsoft. Many of the most used web browsers still continue to support Flash even though some like Chrome have chosen to disable the plugin by default mainly for security reasons. Facebook has also famously said their farewell.

While Adobe Flash Player’s former clients are bidding adieu, there’s no denying that some of the biggest names who also run websites that still rely on Flash, the BBC and NBC being two of the most popular companies still doing so.

Here’s how to set up Flash Player on your desktop if you still need to visit sites that require the plugin to display content:

Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime Setup

We all know that Microsoft likes bundling their operating system with the Internet Explorer web browser. This is a browser that, just like Flash, was a go-to tool but now functions more like a laughing stock of the web browser world. But lucky for those who run Windows 10 as there is no hard work required to install Flash with Internet Explorer: it’s already embedded.

The same can be said for Microsoft’s hotter, newer, and better web browser, Edge. Flash is also automatically supported on the Edge web browser so there’s no need to grab it from the download center to set it up.

That said, you need Flash to be enabled to play Flash-based content. Here’s how to check if Flash is enabled:

Internet Explorer:

  • Go to the Tools menu
  • Choose Manage add-ons
  • Select Shockwave Flash Object
  • Make sure it is set to Enable
  • Click Close

Microsoft Edge

  • Click the “…” button
  • Choose Settings
  • Scroll down to Advanced Settings then choose View advanced settings
  • Find the section that says Use Adobe Flash Player then toggle the switch to the On position to enable Flash Player

There are certain risks associated with automatically enabling Flash Player. This is why it’s recommended you disable Flash Player and only enable it for reputable sites that you frequent.

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