Updating flash player
That is, trying to remove the currently installed version via the Windows XP Control Panel Add/Remove applet is a waste of time.
The first three machines I tried this on resulted in three different outcomes, and the software was not removed on any of the machines.
I say "browsers" because this needs to be done in each installed Web browser.
Uninstalling Step2: Download the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller here. The Windows uninstaller was last updated on October 15, 2008.
For one, it does not deal with portable versions of Firefox (see ).
Installing a new version of software should be trivial thing--especially for popular software such as the Adobe Systems' Flash player, which is used by millions of people every day. For one, the Flash player does not play well with the other kids in the sandbox.
Then too, there used to be a bug with its not searching for installed copies of Flash in places used by very old browsers.
The best way to get a true inventory of all instances of the Flash Player is to run the Secunia Online Software Inspector and turn on the checkbox to "Enable thorough system inspection." Expect it to take awhile.
Step 3: Shut down all running programs, then run the uninstaller. Step 4: Check the output from the uninstaller to see if you need to restart Windows.
Here is what Adobe says about this: "Internet Explorer users may have to reboot to clear all uninstalled Flash Player Active X control files.