How to install Flash on Windows

This guide will guide you through the process of downloading and installing Adobe Flash on Microsoft Windows.

Please note: the version numbers shown in these screenshots reflect the latest version at the time these guides were made; in time these version numbers will become out of date; so please don't get confused by this!

  1. Visit Adobe's site and download the installer

    To install Flash you must first download the installer program from Adobe.

    Visit Adobe's "Get Flash" page: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

    Adobe have started bundling third-party software with Flash, including things like Anti-virus, Browser Toolsbars and web browsers. As a general principle, we think it's never a good idea to install software which comes bundled with the software you're actually after. If you really require these extra programs; you should go and download & install them directly from their manufacturer's websites.

    We recommend you read the "Optional offer" area closely and carefully choose what you decide to download, otherwise you may end up downloading unwanted software which can slow your computer down or cause problems.

    You can click the checkbox/s to unselect the bundled software.

    Once you have done that, click the "Install now". This will tell your web browser to download the installer program.

    Untick the 'Optional Offer' checkbox. Click the 'Install now' button.

    Depending on your computer's configuration, you may be prompted to download the installer (alternatively it may just automatically start downloading the file and place it in your Downloads folder).

    If you do get prompted, click "Save File" and save the downloader program to your computer.

    The 'Save file as' dialog.

  2. Run the installer

    Once the download has completed, open your Downloads folder and find the installer file.

    Ensure that it is actually the same file you just downloaded from Adobe. Double click it to run the installer.

    The Downloads folder, showing the newly downloaded installer file

    Depending on your Windows Security Settings, you may be prompted by Windows asking you if you really intended to run the installer program.

    Read the prompt carefully; ensure that the publisher's name is Adobe Systems Incorporated. If it is, click the "Run" button.

    The Windows Security Warning; prompting 'Do you want to run this file'

    Again, depending on your Windows Security Settings, you may be prompted to allow the Adobe Flash Installer to modify files on your computer. This is an important safeguard to make sure you really want to let software you've downloaded from the internet make changes to your computer. Again, please make sure this is the correct installer file and then when you're satisfied that it is, click the "Yes" button.

    The Windows Security Warning; prompting 'Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?'

  3. Allow Flash to check for updates

    Adobe Flash is able to regularly check with Adobe if there is a newer version of Flash available to download.

    Flash has been found to be vulnerable to a number of serious security problems, so now more than ever it is a good idea to let Flash check for updates.

    Be aware that this means Flash will occasionally connect to Adobe's servers to see if there is a new version.

    Either of the first two options presented is fine. The first one ("Allow Adobe to install updates") means that any newer versions of Flash will automatically download and install themselves.

    Some users may be a bit hesitant about letting software automatically download new versions and install themselves, so they may instead choose "Notify me to install updates". In this case, Flash Player will still check for updates to itself so that you still are aware that there is a new version, but it won't automatically install the updates; you will be prompted to easily download and install it with your consent.

    Click "Next" to run the installation process.

    The installer prompts you to choose your Auto-updates option

  4. The installer will now download Flash

    You have now made your choices about what to install and how it is configured; the Flash installer program will now connect to Adobe and download & install Flash.

    Depending on your internet speed, this make take a few minutes.

    The installer is downloading Adobe Flash

    When the download and installation has finished, you are prompted to "Finish" and close the installer.

    The installer has finished downloading and installing Adobe Flash

  5. Flash is now installed

    Congratulations, you have now installed Adobe Flash.

    Remember to always keep Flash up to date to help keep yourself safe and secure online.

    You can always check if Flash is up to date by visiting the WhatIsMyBrowser.com homepage.

Looking for guides to install Flash on other operating systems?

Here are some guides for other platforms like OS X.

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