How to Make Flash Work in the 64-bit Version of Internet Explorer

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You’re using the 64-bit version of IE 9 Beta and attempt to watch flash videos, and realize they won’t play. Here we look at fixing the problem by installing the new 64-bit version of Adobe Flash.

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Getting Started

There are a few things to keep in mind when installing IE 9 Beta with a 64-bit version of Windows 7. First of all it installs both 32 & 64 – bit versions. Just like you had both versions of IE 8 with a 64-bit version of Windows 7.

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It replaces both the 32 & 64-bit version of IE 8 with IE 9.

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On a 64-bit Windows 7 system, the icon on your Quick Launch bar or Taskbar will default to the 32-Bit version of IE. You’ll need to go into the Start Menu to access the 64-bit version.

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Then if you want easy access to the 64-bit version, you can pin it to the Taskbar, create a Desktop shortcut, or use whatever location that works best for you.

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Fix Flash Playing in IE 9 Beta

After installing IE 9 Beta and launching the 64-bit version, when trying to play a Flash video on YouTube for example, it will want you to install the latest version of Flash. No matter how many times you try it, it’s not going to work.

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In the YouTube example above if you click the link to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player, you’ll see the following message saying 10.1 isn’t available for IE 9 (64-bit). But notice you can download a preview release from Adobe Labs that is optimized for IE 9 32 & 64-bit versions.

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You’ll be directed to the Adobe Labs page (link below) and it’s actually called Adobe Flash Player “Square”. If you do use it, keep in mind that you’ll need to manually keep it updated, by installing new updates from the Adobe Labs page as it’s still in the preview stage. First download and install Active-X 64-bit for Windows – IE only.

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Also, you’ll need to download and install the plug-in for 64-bit Windows – for all other browsers too.

Important: You need to download and install both Active X and the Plug-in files for it to work.

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Make sure you’re closed out of all of your browsers, and installation for both is very straight-forward and quick following the wizards.

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Now that both have been installed, re-launch IE 9 Beta 64-bit, and you’ll now be able to play Flash Content. Here we can now watch the video we weren’t able to access before in IE 9. It’s playing successfully after installing Adobe Flash Square.

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Again, remember that Flash “Square” is still in Preview Stage and will not update automatically. You’ll need to keep your eye on the page for the latest versions. Also, after the final version is released, they advice you will need to manually uninstall any of the Preview Versions first before using the final version when it becomes available.

Download Adobe Flash “Square” from Adobe Labs

Our Screenshot Tour of Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 09/20/10
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